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Richard Mille. A Fine and Rare Limited Edition Titanium, Carbon Composite, and Monobloc Skeletonized Wristwatch with Tourbillon
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Richard Mille. A Fine and Rare Limited Edition Titanium, Carbon Composite, and Monobloc Skeletonized Wristwatch with Tourbillon

SIGNED RICHARD MILLE, RAFAEL NADAL MODEL, REFERENCE RM027-01 AK CA, NO. 14/50, MOVEMENT NO. 009, MANUFACTURED IN 2012

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Richard Mille. A Fine and Rare Limited Edition Titanium, Carbon Composite, and Monobloc Skeletonized Wristwatch with Tourbillon
Signed Richard Mille, Rafael Nadal Model, Reference RM027-01 AK CA, No. 14/50, Movement No. 009, Manufactured in 2012
Cal. RM027-01 titanium and Lital alloy mechanical movement, aluminum-lithium bridges, 19 jewels, skeletonized dial, yellow dot numerals, skeletonized titanium hands with red tips, one-minute tourbillon, carbon composite case, monobloc back, bezel, and caseband, eight titanium spline screws in the bezel, anti-glare treated glass crystal, red rubber-coated winding crown, titanium Richard Mille buckle, case, dial, and movement signed
48mm overall length

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Lot Essay

Accompanied by a Richard Mille Warranty dated August of 2013, Richard Mille presentation winding box, product literature, and outer packaging.

In 2002 Richard Mille began an official partnership with tennis player Rafael Nadal, who went on to win the 2010 US Open. The RM027 Tourbillon was produced in a limited series of 50 pieces in 2011, and was followed up this year with the RM027-01, previewed at the 2013 SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) and again produced in a limited series of fifty examples. It is one of the world's lightest mechanical tourbillon watches ever produced. The 2013 RM027-01 has a fresh, more colorful design, and weighs one gram less than the original RM027, just 19 grams.

The present example is factory sealed and has never been opened and thus never used.

The complex tourbillon movement itself only weighs 3.83 grams, and the entire watch, minus strap, weighs just 13 grams. The movement is made from titanium and lital, a high lithium content alloy that contains aluminum, copper, magnesium and zirconium. The lithium provides the mechanism more flexibility and greater shock resistance. This alloy is also used in different aerospace parts on the Airbus A380, helicopters, rockets, and satellites, as well as on Formula 1 racing cars. The carbon composite that makes up the case further protects the movement and tourbillon from shocks. All of these features add up to create a watch that is highly complex yet extremely light and shock resistant, perfect for an international tennis champion as well as the luxury sport watch connoisseur.

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