As tennis star Rafa Nadal took to the court Tuesday for the start of the French Open, he had a new good luck charm around his wrist: an $775,000 watch made from a space-age quartz material and built to withstand 5,000 Gs of g-force.
Richard Mille, the favorite cult watch of the super rich, announced over the weekend that it's launching a new watch for Nadal called the RM 27-02. Mille has been a sponsor of Nadal's for five years, and Nadal wears Mille watches—known for their super light weight and advanced materials—in all of his matches.
But the latest Nadal watch is so advanced and complex it borders on engineering insanity. Like its predecessors, the RM 27-02 is a mechanical tourbillon, which is almost unheard of in a sports watch. But to adapt to Nadal's whiplash style of tennis and crushing power, the new watch can also withstand 5,000 Gs of force, compared to 88 Gs for the original Nadal watch.