The 2012 French Open

Rafael Nadal makes history

wearing his Richard Mille RM 027 Tourbillon watch!

The Watch Quote™ - June 17th, 2012



Richard Mille is delighted with Rafael Nadal’s magnificent victory at the French Open on Monday, 11th June.

By beating the Serbian Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, Nadal won his 7th title on the clay courts of Roland Garros at the tender age of just 26. This exceptional performance places him ahead of the legendary Bjorn Borg (6 titles), and secures him a rightful place in the history books.



The uncontested king of the clay courts accomplished this feat – unprecedented in the history of tennis –wearing his Richard Mille RM 027 Tourbillon watch. Unusually in tennis and watchmaking circuits, the Majorcan has competed in every international tournament since 2010 with this outstanding watch on his wrist, created especially for him by Richard Mille.

The Richard Mille RM027 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

Tennis is an extreme, uncompromising sport. Constantly on the hunt for new testing laboratories, Richard Mille decided to invest in this sport in 2010 to meet the new technical challenges it offered and to test new solutions in the world of Haute Horlogerie. Following in the footsteps of Pablo Mac Donough in polo, Felipe Massa, Jules Bianchi, Martin Brundle and his son Alex, Romain Dumas, Charles Leclerc and Adrian Tambay in motor racing, Bubba Watson in golf, Rafael Nadal wears the RM 027 Tourbillon during his tennis tournaments. This timepiece was created specifically for him to put its technical excellence, performance and shock-resistance to the test. Since 2010, the RM 027 has unflinchingly resisted Rafa’s unrelenting game while leaving him free to move, and is the lightest mechanical watch in the world, weighing no more than 18 g including the strap.

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