Nadal's Watch

rmontro

Rookie
I've never been a fan of ridiculously expensive watches, although I did notice the watch Nadal was wearing in the finals of the US Open Sunday, and thought it was kind of sharp.

I was listening to ESPN today, and they said that this was the same watch that Odell Beckham Jr. was wearing in the Browns football game Sunday, although the colors appear to be inverted. Because they were both wearing it on the same day, they were speculating that maybe there was some sort of financial endorsement deal at play. Supposedly the Richard Mille watch originally cost $135,000, but only 30 were made, so they are rare. I've read that the current value is anywhere from $190,000 to $350,000.

The watch has been in the news because the NFL has banned Odell from wearing the watch in any more games, citing a rule against "hard objects". It might be relatively safe to wear such a watch in a tennis match, but it sounds like madness to wear one in a football game. Beckham has said he will continue to wear the watch despite the ban. More drama to follow.
I just mention this because I didn't know that this watch, which has been getting so much attention in the news, was the same one Nadal was wearing.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
I've never been a fan of ridiculously expensive watches, although I did notice the watch Nadal was wearing in the finals of the US Open Sunday, and thought it was kind of sharp.

I was listening to ESPN today, and they said that this was the same watch that Odell Beckham Jr. was wearing in the Browns football game Sunday, although the colors appear to be inverted. Because they were both wearing it on the same day, they were speculating that maybe there was some sort of financial endorsement deal at play. Supposedly the Richard Mille watch originally cost $135,000, but only 30 were made, so they are rare. I've read that the current value is anywhere from $190,000 to $350,000.

The watch has been in the news because the NFL has banned Odell from wearing the watch in any more games, citing a rule against "hard objects". It might be relatively safe to wear such a watch in a tennis match, but it sounds like madness to wear one in a football game. Beckham has said he will continue to wear the watch despite the ban. More drama to follow.
I just mention this because I didn't know that this watch, which has been getting so much attention in the news, was the same one Nadal was wearing.
Rafa is not the owner of the Richard Mille watches he is wearing. He is getting paid to wear them (= to test the shock resistance of the watches). The watches are made of high-tech materials and weigh little (he barely feels a watch on his wrist).

Rafa and R.Mille started to collaborate in 2009. Since then, R.Mille has released multiple special editions for Rafa: RM 027, RM 27-01, RM 27-02 and RM 27-03 (he's currently wearing). Here they are:
http://instagr.am/p/BaeBho5Hjcu/
New York Times, March 23, 2017: ¤¤ His [Richard Mille] distinctive watches are worn by world-class athletes like the tennis champion Rafael Nadal... Over the years, Mr. Mille has produced six different timepieces for Mr. Nadal, continuously tweaking the design and experimenting with materials and techniques.
"Rafa has broken five or six watches, actually exploded them while playing," Mr. Mille said. "But that is how we test our products. It is normal product development." ¤¤

At the end of 2016, Rafa signed a new, ten-year deal with Richard Mille.

Rafa has a good relationship with Richard Mille. Rafa invited RM to celebrate his 12th RG title. Pictured from left to right: Rafa, Richard Mille, Spain's former king Juan Carlos and FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) president Jean Todt:
 
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rmontro

Rookie
Rafa is not the owner of the Richard Mille watches he is wearing. He is getting paid to wear them (= to test the shock resistance of the watches).
That's the official company line? He's being paid to test the watch? Not for the publicity? Lol.
I guess that means Odell Beckham Jr. is testing them also. It should definitely get some shock and trauma in a football game.
What's next? Boxers and MMA fighters testing watches?

"Rafa has broken five or six watches, actually exploded them while playing," Mr. Mille said.
Did he explode them with his play or with his time violations?
 

MeatTornado

Legend
I want to know who the target audience is for a near weightless, shock absorbant million dollar watch that you can't even read at a glance.

Who would ever wear something like that for a rigorous activity other than Rafa whose getting paid to do so?
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
That's the official company line? He's being paid to test the watch? Not for the publicity? Lol.
I guess that means Odell Beckham Jr. is testing them also. It should definitely get some shock and trauma in a football game.
What's next? Boxers and MMA fighters testing watches?


Did he explode them with his play or with his time violations?
The stupidity of Rafa haters never ceases to amaze me.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Hey readers, here is a serious question for you:

If Rafa wears such an expensive watch, why he can't he look up the time and curb his irritating delaying OCD activities?
 

TripleATeam

Legend
Nadal gathers, and now his watch ticks. It shall not end until his retirement. He shall take no wife, hold no slams, father no children. He shall wear no crowns and win no glory. He shall pick his butt and adjust his bottles. He is the bull in sheep's clothing. He is the hunter of the GOATs. He is the rival of the greatest, the light that exposes the false dawn, the rock that ends the Next Gen, the shield that guards the slams of tennis. I pledge my racquet and TTW account to the Nadal's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
I like this watch Rafa wears. The rolex type watches gets stuck into clothings and makes my phone get marks on the screen when I look for it in my handbags. Better with the strap like that one. And I guess for the watch nerds Mille watches are the best on the marked, pure art.
 

rmontro

Rookie
The stupidity of Rafa haters never ceases to amaze me.
Relax, it's just a joke.

I don't hate Rafa, he seems like a nice enough guy. I'm not really a fan (never liked clay court tennis that much), but if he wins the Slam count he deserves it, he's put in the work. Not only with training his body, but expanding his game. It's like the Patriots, I might not be happy they win, but on some level you have to respect it.
 
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