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Rafael Nadal: An ace of a lucky charm

Rafael Nadal wearing the  RM 27-03, which he describes as his “lucky RM charm”. With its striking deep red and yellow hues, the watch pays tribute to Nadal’s home country of Spain.
Rafael Nadal wearing the RM 27-03, which he describes as his “lucky RM charm”. With its striking deep red and yellow hues, the watch pays tribute to Nadal’s home country of Spain.PHOTO: RICHARD MILLE

Rafael Nadal speaks of his devotion to the RM 27-03 tourbillon, a watch he co-created with Richard Mille that pushes the boundaries of what an extreme timepiece can do

Rafael Nadal walks onto court for his training session and the crowd erupts in applause.

He looks down and smiles sheepishly, the reaction of a man who is removed from the notion of his fame.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2019, with the headline 'An ace of a lucky charm'. Print Edition | Subscribe