Rafael Nadal, who is The King of Clay, won the most champions in French Open. He is one of the greatest stars in tennis sports field and has a close relationship with a Swiss sports watch brand – Richard Mille. This tonneau-shaped Swiss brand watch has published a lot of timepieces specially for this legendary tennis player. Now, they released another great watch once again, it is RM35-01 RAFA with completely different carbon material and unique face design, it immediately attracted a lot of Rafael Nadal’s fans once being released to the public.
Genuine watch is sold over ten thousand us dollars, it is a too high price for most of us. So the replica watch factory soon bought the genuine watch and replicated it, they finally published this one in 2016. The replica Richard Mille RM35-01 RAFA is an 1:1 imitation of original, it is an extremely light-weight watch, very suitable to be worn while playing tennis.
Tonneau-shaped case is made of full forged carbon material, the case is measured to be 43mm in diameter and has special patterns on case surface. There are 12 star-shaped screws on the case. Crown on the right has one red rubber around. The case back is solid and full of engravings. Due to the special patterns on case, I see the watch is more made of wood, rather than carbon. The case is in barrel shape and meets ergonomic aesthetic design, the curved case line makes the watch fit your wrist perfectly.
The dial is skeletonized, central three hands are displaying current time. The words “RM35-01 RAFA” indicate the series information, the second hand has a red tip, which is very convenient for the user to read time on such a complex dial. The skeletonized structure on the dial is displaying the movement parts, you could see the working gears and other mechanism clearly through the front crystal, to find how amazing the mechanical movement is.
The watch band is red fabric with velcro. Maybe red is the lucky color of Rafael Nadal, after all the tennis land in French Open is red clay. Actually the band has two layers, the outside uses red fabric, while the inner layer is black leather strap to guarantee a better wearing comfort. By the way, velcro is easier for the user to fasten the strap especially when doing sports.
Conclusion: having been wait for so long to get a light-weight watch? Now this replica Richard Mille will be a perfect choice, specially for tennis and other sports watch fans.