Rafael Nadal Parera is a 29-year-old Spanish professional tennis player who has won 66 titles to date. Of these, he has won 26 Masters Series titles and 14 Grand Slam titles. In 2009, Nadal was the victor at the Australian Open, and he came out on top at the US Open in both 2010 and 2013. He has won Wimbledon twice, in 2008 and 2010, and he’s known as the “King of Clay” because of his jaw-dropping nine titles at Roland Garros. Nadal is still one of the only players who has won at least two Grand slam titles on all three court surfaces.
He has an estimated net worth of $50 million and receives around $21 million in endorsement earnings. Nadal is currently ranked at number five in the world and he is seen as one of the best tennis players of all time.
So what watch does Rafael Nadal wear?
Richard Mille partnered with Nadal to design an $800,000 timepiece in 2010, the RM 27-02, which was engineered as a watch to suit Nadal’s tennis style.
The watch’s first notable feature is its NTPT® Carbon case, which was designed to withstand micro-cracks that occur during acceleration and impact. Attached to the case is another of Richard Mille’s inventions: the Unibody, whose strap is fused to a baseplate that was inspired by the structure of race cars. By fusing the strap in this manner, the feebleness where two points would traditionally meet is removed, thereby enhancing the rigidity of the band. This timepiece is constructed of over 600 layers of alternating quartz and carbon fibers.
The bezel and back of the case are made of NTPT® carbon quartz, and the bridges are crafted of grade 5 titanium. The dial is covered in sapphire glass and the mechanics are completely skeletonized, and the calibre that drives the watch has a 70-hour power reserve.
Although the watch measures in at almost 48mm, Nadal has commented that he barely knows it’s there when he’s playing
Even though he has many sponsorships (including Kia, Nike, and Armani), Richard Mille is the only watch endorsement that Nadal currently enjoys.
About Richard Mille
Richard Mille got his start in watchmaking in 1974 at a company called Finhor, what was acquired by Matra, which was then acquired by Seiko. Mille continued working for them until 1992, when he left to start a watchmaking business for the jewelery firm Mauboussin. He started his own company in 1999, beginning with a collaboration with Audemars Piguet. Richard Mille SA is based in Les Breuleux in Canton of Jura, Switzerland.
The manufacture’s first watch was the RM001, which went on sale in 2001. Since then, the brand has become exceptionally successful and has produced many famous watches – the most noteworthy of all being the Tourbillon RM-008 and the Tourbillon RM-056.
The RM-008 combined the signature Tourbillon movement with a manual winding split-seconds chronograph, a torque indicator, and a power reserve indicator. It comes with a 500,000 Euro price tag.
Nadal has been seen wearing this model during interviews, in practice, and even whilst playing matches. He even acknowledged that the timepiece had become like a second skin.