2/18/13 2:26 PM | Johan Lindahl
Rafael Nadal won't have time-keeping to worry about thanks to a new $690,000 lightweight watch from Swiss luxury sponsor Richard Mille.
While pictures during last week's ATP event in Sao Paulo showed the world No. 5 seemingly tossing the pricey timepiece into the crowd, he was actually just sending fans a few wrist bands when the watch clasp detached for a moment.
It is assured that Nadal kept the new RM027-01 (the name signifies, minus one gram from the original model's weight of just 20 grams - about a fifth the weight of a well-stuffed sandwich) well within his possession. It costs $100,000 more than the previous model, presumably due to the miniscule weight saving.
The bit of watchmaking genius, which retails for more than many houses, enjoys the latest and greatest in time-technology, including "a new system in the 2013 watch makes it even less prone to damage," according for Forbes magazine.
"Richard Mille rates the watch to work in situations of up to 5000 Gs of force," the business magazine continues. "A new system of suspension cables holds the watch in the case without being traditionally mounted with screws. This helps to further protect the delicate movement against shock and other tennis related trauma. This is probably the first watch of its kind to ever have such a mounting, and it is beautiful too. It goes without saying that the simple act of constructing this movement requires a great deal of finesse."
Only 50 of the new watches will be made and it's safe to guess that with his track record of either breaking or losing one or more examples, a few in the supply will be earmarked for the sometimes careless Spaniard.
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