Richard Mille is expanding its collection with yet another two very special limited editions. After the exclusive RM 67-02, the brand now introduces two new versions of the RM 035 to celebrate the historic victory of brand ambassador Rafael Nadal, who earlier this year won Roland Garros for the tenth time, making him the first ever to accomplish such a feat.
Also known as “The Bull From Manacor,” Richard Mille took this as inspiration in creating the RM 035 Black Toro. As always, this watch features highly innovative materials. The top and bottom of the case are crafted from TZP, which is a type of ceramic that Richard Mille bead blasted to get a matte finish. The crown of the Black Toro is crafted from NTPT Carbon, and the buckle is titanium with a black DLC finish. The middle part of the case is 18K red gold, with a matte finish to match the rest of the design.
Next to the Black Toro, the RM 035 is also available as Gold Toro. While gold may be much less of an innovative material, it looks rather stunning, all the more so because Richard Mille gave it a matte effect., making it a very exclusive frame for the RMUL1 skeletonized manual wind movement. Fitted with two barrels, the watch gives you a power reserve of 55 hours. Although generous, it is more likely that you are taken away by the movement itself, with its delicate looking, yet very sturdy, bridges and main plate crafted from grade 5 titanium. The same material of which the iconic spline screws are made of, which is used in the case and the bridges.
Unfortunately, the RM 035 Black Toro ($145.500,-) and Gold Toro ($169.500,-) are offered in a 50-piece limited edition, only for the Americas.
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