Just in time for the French Open, Richard Mille reveals the latest installment in its signature Rafael Nadal line, the RM 35-02. Made of Quartz-TPT, the case features multiple layers of white quartz, along with red layers achieved with a resin developed by NTPT ((North Thin Ply Technology).
Don’t let the word “quartz” fool you as this Richard Mille employs an automatic movement. So what’s got to do with the quartz then..? Well, it’s the case material. In fact, it’s not first time for Richard Mille to use that new material. RM 011 Red TPT Quartz had the same material as well. The NTPT (NORTH Thin Ply Technology ) are entirely manufactured within the Richard Mille factory.
The white colored details in the case are made of Quartz mineral while the red ones are made of resin. As per Richard Mille’s statement ( and some tests ), the case is good to withstand up to 5000G rated impacts. The case measures 49.94 x 44.50 x 13.15 mm. Water resistance rate is 50M.
The dial is designed in skeletonized form. The built quality and finishing are amazing as always. Unlike the previous RM35 collection models, Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafael Nadal Quartz-TPT features the automatic movement Caliber RMAL 1. The movement sports the brand’s famous oscillating rotor with adjustable geometry feature which allows the watchmaker to manually adjust the winding efficiency of the rotor. Considering Nadal’s tennis matches, it’s surely a useful feature.
The “time only” function RMAL 1 beats at 4Hz and offers 55h power reserve when fully wound.
Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafael Nadal Quartz-TPT is offered on a yellow rubber strap which we are familiar with several Richard Mille models.
If you find the colors way to vivid and flashy, wait for the NTPT carbon version of the timepiece which Richard Mille is about to launch.
Like many beautiful things in life, Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafael Nadal Quartz-TPT has a price.. And it’s 135,000 CHF.