During the U.S. Open in Queens, New York in 1988, 18-year-old Andre Agassi made the world talk about it. It’s not necessarily about his tennis talents, but about the pickled little Nike denim shorts he wears when he plays on the court. moonphase-watch.com
The combination of shorts and mullet has become the shape that everyone remembers Agassi’s heyday. However, few people will remember that Agassi may be one of the first (if not the first) on the professional tennis tour to wear a watch during the game.
Thanks to our friend Nick Gould, we can say that the watch on Agassi’s wrist is an Ebel watch. Nick even found relevant advertising materials to confirm this.
Nonetheless, the watchmaker who appears most often on the court today must be Richard Mille, who is the wrist of the Spanish genius Rafael “Rafa” Nadal.
Rafa first wore Richard Miller on the court in the 2010 French Open. That year, he faced Robin Söderling in the final and scored two straight sets, thus winning his fifth French Open and seventh Grand Slam title. In the entire French Open that year, the watches on his wrists were all 20 grams of RM 027.
It wasn’t just Rafa’s championship title that year, the topic in town that day was RM 027 on his wrist. The story is that John McEnroe, a former tennis star who commented during the game, even commented that Rafa was wearing a “$500,000 watch” to participate in the game.
Nine years from that day, Rafa has never played a game without wearing a Richard Mille watch on his right wrist. At the same time, Richard Mille continued to create more extreme watches centered on Rafa. These watches include RM 035, RM 35-01 and RM 027, RM 27-01, 27-02 and the recent evolution of RM 27-03.
On September 8, 2019, when he won his 19th Grand Slam and 4th U.S. Open title, Rafa wore RM 27-03 on his wrist. But please don’t get me wrong, tennis is not the field in which Richard Mille created the “game wrist game”. This legacy belongs to Felipe Massa and the fabulous RM 006 he first wore in 2004.
Since then, Richard Mille watches have appeared on the wrists of extreme athletes in many fields, including Bubba Watson from the golf world; Mark Cavendish from the cycling world; Pablo Mac Donough from the polo world; Yohan Blake, Wayde Van Niekerk, Mutaz Essa Barshim and Maria Vicente from the track and field world, to name a few.
Bubba Watson is one of the longest riders on the PGA Tour and the ambassador of Richard Mille, wearing the RM 038 tourbillon Bubba Watson.
Before the start of stage 5 of the 2016 Tour de France, Richard Mille (Richard Mille) expressed encouragement to Mark Cavendish.
Pablo Mac Donough wears RM 53-01 in a polo match.
South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk (Wayde van Niekerk) wearing RM 27-02 broke the men’s record of 400 million in Rio.
LONDON, UK-AUGUST 13: Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar competes in the men’s high jump final at the London Stadium on the 10th day of the 2017 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships in London on August 13, 2017 in London, England. Held.
Regardless of timing considerations, given the conditions these timepieces must endure during the game, you can say that the only other problem is personal performance. The common practice of high-level athletes is not to wear any unnecessary accessories during the game, and this is for a reason. This is because they don’t want their people to have anything that is unlikely to affect their performance.
Richard Mille overcomes this concern by creating lighter watches for athletes. Take RM 67-02 as an example, its weight is only 32 grams. Another thing to consider is that most athletes who wear Richard Mille watches are solo. Among them, those who monitor them will not pose a problem to anyone else on the playing field. In this regard, the only exception may be Pablo Mac Donough-but polo is not entirely a contact sport. However, the American football game is largely a contact sport, and Richard Mille (Richard Mille) has had the latest influence in this area—no pun intended—influence.
As the NFL began its 2019 season, the Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans saw the Titans defeat the Browns 43-13. However, if you search for matches on Google today, you will definitely find quite a few Browns — the reasons for the related titles are very different.
In that game, the Browns wide receiver, 27-year-old Odell Beckham Jr., was always on the court, wearing an RM 11-03 McLaren flyback chronograph on his left wrist. An immediate question arose: Can RM 11-03 survive a high-impact sport like American football? Given Richard Mille’s past record, we can safely say that yes, it can. However, can Odell Beckham Jr.’s teammates and opposing players be hit by RM 11-03 in a skull smash tackle? It looks like we will have to pay close attention to the NFL 2019 season to answer this question.