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‘One Million watch’ – Rafael Nadal emerges victorious at the French Open wearing this rare brand of wristwatch

Nadal is one of the few tennis players who wear a watch while competing, and it's a $2.5 million Richard Mille signature piece.

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Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the 14th time and the 22nd Grand Slam overall, breaking men’s records in both categories. Nadal defeated Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to improve his record at Roland Garros to 112-3 since his first appearance in 2005.

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The prize money for the 36-year-old Spaniard was $2.35 million (€2.2 million), bringing his career on-court earnings to $130.7 million, $100,000 ahead of Roger Federer and second all-time behind Novak Djokovic’s $156.5 million. Nadal is now two wins ahead of both of his Big Three rivals in the battle for the most career Slams.

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Rafael Nadal wore a $2.5 million Richard Mille signature piece in the French Open final

Rafael Nadal

Nadal is one of the few tennis players who wear a watch while competing, and it’s a $2.5 million Richard Mille signature piece. Since partnering with the Swiss watchmaker in 2008, the two have collaborated on a number of watches. However, Rafael Nadal’s RM 27-04 from the 2022 Roland Garros final has to be the best of them all.

The watch is made of TitaCarb, a revolutionary titanium and carbon combination that weighs under 30 g. That is incredibly light for a watch of this calibre, but it isn’t the most remarkable feature. It’s powered by a manually wound tourbillon movement and suspended within the case by a single 0.27mm steel cable. After that, the cable was wrapped to mimic tennis racquet strings. It’s a unique method of mounting the action, but it has a critical purpose.

The watch can resist up to 12,000G of force, ensuring that it keeps precise time even when Nadal’s serve is ferocious. When Rafael Nadal can hit a serve at 217 km/h, that’s critical (134mph). The RM 27-04, which was released last year and is limited to only 50 pieces worldwide, has a list price of $1,050,000. However, due to high demand, the watch’s current market price is around $2.52 million.

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Hailing from the City of Joy, Pritha is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. Being an avid fanatic of Steffi Graf and Rafael Nadal, she is currently looking forward to learning more and thriving further in the field. Besides tennis, she fancies football and NBA and is a die-hard Liverpool fan. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor's in Botany from the University of Calcutta.