Spaniard Rafael Nadal is about to tie Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles if he can defeat Novak Djokovic in the French Open final on Sunday – he is the betting favorite. Nadal didn’t drop a sentence in his first six games at Roland Garros, all of which he played with a Richard Mille watch on his wrist that retails for $ 1.05 million. Nadal is the rare professional who starts with a watch.
Richard Mille released the RM 27-04 clock last month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his partnership with the tennis star. Weighing barely 30 grams or an ounce, including the bracelet, the watch is considered to be the lightest tourbillion in the world. Nadal says his Richard Mille watch is like a “second skin” for him.
The Swiss watch brand says the RM 27-04 construction was inspired by the same principles as “the strings of a tennis racket”. It is a limited edition of only 50 watches. Nadal’s opponent in the final, Djokovic, is linked to Seiko, although like most players he waits until after the games to get his watch. Seiko’s Novak Djokovic Astron GPS Solar costs around $ 3,000, with 1,500 limited edition pieces made.
Nadal and Richard Mille have long worn crazy, expensive watches while he plays. He won his 10th French Open in 2017 with a $ 750,000 Richard Mille on his wrist – Nadal is looking forward to his 13th French Open Sunday. Nadal’s US Open title last year included a $ 725,000 watch.
Richard Mille focuses a large part of his sports sponsorship on the world of car racing, but also works with golfer Bubba Watson, soccer star Didier Drogba and sprinter Yohan Blake. The actors Margot Robbie and John Malkovich and the musician Pharrell Williams are other prominent supporters.
Nadal was ranked 27th on Forbes’ list of the highest paid athletes in the world that year with $ 40 million in the twelve months ended June 1. In addition to his $ 14 million prize pool, he made an estimated $ 26 million in off-field fees and endorsements with Nike
, Babolat, KIA Motors, Richard Mille, Santander and Telefónica.
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