With Roland Garros starting today Etiquette Arabia looks at a timepiece tightly linked to tennis, the RM 27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal.

Created for the Spanish tennis player the latest Richard Mille is blending technology and art, taking watchmaking to another level.

Following research by Richard Mille’s engineers into NTPT® carbon—a material with remarkable mechanical properties and excellent resistance to micro-cracks—the brand is unveiling the very first skeletonised baseplate known as “unibody”, in which the caseband and baseplate have been fused into a single piece, removing the need to attach the two components together. This structure, inspired by the chassis of racing cars, enhances rigidity and resistance to impacts when used in watchmaking.

The sculptural baseplate supports the bridges in grade 5 titanium, which are highly original in terms of their three-dimensional construction, their finishes (beveled, shot-blasted and satin-brushed by hand) and the complexity of their titanium and carbon composition.

These bridges support an impressive mechanical heart capable of running for over 70 hours without detriment to its regularity thanks to a rapidly rotating barrel that delivers constant power from the beginning to the end of operation.

Such innovations are not limited to the heart of the watch, as demonstrated by the categorical absence of compromise on the case.

Dressed in black and white, it inevitably catches the eye with its unique appearance.