Eric has reviewed other Richard Mille watches in the past, but on this video he gets all into the RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal, a watched designed after the professional, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal.
This lightweight watch is also know as the “Baby Nadal” because it’s one third of the price as the actual Richard Mille tourbillon that Nadal wears during tennis matches (which is even lighter than this one).
The formal model of this RM is RM35-01 RAFA and the watch is a real heavy hitting piece! And please don’t take “heavy” literally because the watch is as light as a feather!
Why is this watch so light? Because it is made from forged carbon. When the watch was designed for Rafael Nadal, it had to be extremely light for him to wear during tennis matches. As a result, the watch feels really comfortable on the wrist of athletes and non-athletes alike.
As with most Richard Mille watches, many people are amazed at their extreme price tag. The RM35 is no exception. The watch’s retail price is around $130,000 and you will probably not find a new one for less than $110,000 in the market because there are few of them out there (all prices are as of the original release of this video on October 23, 2015).
You may be able to find a preowned RM 35-01 for around $95,000, which is a good price for this particular model.
The watch’s strap is made out of Kevlar and Velcro…yes, you heard right, Velcro! A $100k watch with a Velcro strap! Lord!
But that’s Richard Mille for you; an ultra-luxury brand that Eric does not recommend for the inexperienced watch collector. A watch like the RM35 is for the collector with many watches who just wants to impress others with such an exceptional piece!
Even though the Richard Mille RM35 comes with a special four-point shock system to protect the watch on the wrist of an athlete, like Nadal, that’s subject to a high level of shock and vibration, it is not full of complications like many expensive watches in the market.
It is purely an all-out sports watch designed with comfort in mind. The watch is also manually wound.
The RM35 feels like it has no dial. It has no numbers. You see the case, then the face with the glass, then the movement, and then the caseback, which is also forged carbon. That’s it!
The backside is carbon as well and it’s got pretty much no dial.
As far as the Watch Game goes, Eric believes that the Richard Mille RM35 is a really light heavyweight champ!
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