Richard Mille Donates Rafael Nadal RM 027 to Only Watch Charity Auction

Richard Mille and Only Watch 2011

On September 22, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will preside over the fourth Only Watch auction of exceptional watches. The proceeds of this event, organized by Antiquorum Auctioneers, will be used to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. To support this worthy cause, Richard Mille has contributed a unique and symbolic watch to be offered during this charity auction.

Launched in 2005 by Luc Pettavino, President of the Monegasque Association Against Muscular Dystrophies, Only Watch mobilizes the world’s most prestigious watchmakers who donate unique and limited pieces to be auctioned during the Monaco Yacht Show. All proceeds are used to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an extremely debilitating neuromuscular disease that affects one boy in every 3500.

Having supported Only Watch from the beginning, Richard Mille wanted to donate one of its most emblematic creations to Only Watch 2011: the RM 027 tourbillon developed for and in collaboration with Rafael Nadal. Nadal has worn this watch in every match he has played since 2010, which is unique in the history of tennis. The RM 027 to be auctioned is the very watch worn by Rafael Nadal when he won the 2011 Monte Carlo championships for the seventh year running. This RM 027 also served as the prototype for pre-production testing, the results of which were obviously positive. The mechanism has never failed during any of the matches played by Rafael Nadal while wearing this watch.

In April, at the end of the Monte Carlo championships in Monaco, Rafael Nadal met Luc Pettavino’s son Paul, a 15 year old boy who is struggling against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Some 250,000 victims suffer from this disease across the world. In a symbolic gesture, the world’s Number 1 tennis player handed Paul his watch, the sale of which will help fight his disease.

Read more about Only Watch at the official Antiquorum website.

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Below, Rafael Nadal with Luc Pettavino and his son Paul.
Richard Mille and Only Watch 2011

Rafael Nadal wins in Monaco.
Rafael Nadal at Monte Carlo

The Richard Mille RM 027.
Richard Mille RM 027





About Mike Disher

My name is Mike Disher and I am WatchTime's technical editor. My interest in watches dates to 1972 and I caught the internet bug in 1997. In 1999 I combined these interests by joining TimeZone.com as its first full-time employee, and later that year I attended my first Basel Fair. I managed TZ from 2000-2007, and in 2008 I joined WatchTime.

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