Richard Mille switches on sport mode with the RM 035-03 Rafael Nadal Automatic

The brand spent three years designing the interactive winding rotor.

Richard Mille has updated its “baby Nadal” RM 035 collection with a pair of new watches featuring a new switchable sports mode that neutralizes the movement’s automatic winding to protect it during exercise.

After three years of development, the new RM 035-03 automatic Rafael Nadal model features Richard Mille’s new patented variable geometry butterfly rotor.

Variable geometry rotors are nothing new for Richard Mille’s automatic movements, but until now they required a watchmaker to tune them, changing their shape to alter their winding efficiency, it was up to the owner how active your lifestyle is.

All self-winding rotors rely on an offset center of mass, and the way this mass is distributed determines how fast the rotor spins and, in turn, the speed at which the watch winds. fake luxury watches

The two-piece butterfly rotor forms a standard semi-circle in regular operation until the pusher at the seven o’clock position is actuated, splitting the rotor into two parts and positioning the two parts on opposite sides of the shaft, thus eliminating its ability to rotate freely .

“Previously, any modification to the rotor geometry needed to be done by one of our authorized watchmakers. We wanted to perfect the system so that the wearer could directly influence the speed at which the watch is wound,” said Salvador Arbona, Technical Director of Movements. “It’s like the driver being able to adjust the transmission from city use to the track by activating the Sport mode.”

The RM53-03 has been produced in two versions, the first is a blue quartz TPT with a white quartz TPT strap, and the second is a full carbon TPT.