Richard Mille RM35-03 Rafael Nadal Blue Quartz TPT Automatic 43.15mm Carbon TPT Rubber Straps Men’s Watch
“The butterfly rotor consists of two grade 5 titanium arms mounted with heavy metal weight segments, activated by a separate gear train via a dedicated push-piece. In their initial position, the weight segments create a radial displacement of the gravitational center outward, converting the wearer’s every movement into the torque needed to rewind the barrel.
Press the push-piece at 7 o’clock, however, and the rotor’s gears spread the two weights to a 180° angle. The gravitational center is aligned and the rotor returns to a balanced position, suspending the winding process and thereby preventing excessive winding of the movement.
In shifting between modes—from the normal mode that winds the barrel spring to the ‘sports mode’ that suspends the rotor’s activity—pressure on the push-piece prompts the function to deliver haptic feedback, allowing the wearer to actually feel the weight segments springing apart on their wrist.
A winding indicator at 6 o’clock on the dial, shows whether the oscillating weight is active (ON) or not (OFF). Rounding off the movement commands is a function selector. At a press of the push-piece at 2 o’clock, the user may shift between winding (W), neutral (N) and time-setting (H) activities.
Graceful and ergonomic in its lines, the RM 35-03 is available in two versions—blue Quartz TPT® with a white Quartz TPT® case band and white Quartz TPT® and Carbon TPT® with a Carbon TPT® case band—that display cut-outs inspired by the RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal. Entirely skeletonized, the movement can be admired from both sides thanks to sapphire crystals on the front and back.
The baseplate and bridges, crafted of grade 5 titanium with a grey electro plasma and PVD treatment, further accentuate the bold visual statement of this watch. The openwork hands sweep along the outer flange, also in micro-blasted grade 5 titanium, punctuated with the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12 and slanted inward towards the movement to enhance depth.
This elegant exterior visually highlights the technical prowess of the RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal. With this new model and its amazing ‘butterfly rotor’ the wearer can now truly experience their watch as an extension of the body.”