Wayde van Niekerk Breaks 400m Olympic World Record Wearing an RM27-02By Sumit Nag
Justin Hast did a quick watch spotting article on the website a week or so back featuring five Olympic athletes and their choice of watches (read it here).
Of the five individuals who Justin chose to feature, athlete number four on the list — Wayde van Niekerk, South African 400m sprinter, has just clocked a 43.03-seconds run on the track in Rio. Not only did his time win him the gold, but he’s also now effectively broken Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old record, by 0.15s to become the new world record holder. (Source: bbc.com)
But hang on a second. Would you believe that Wayde’s accomplished this feat with a mechanical watch on his wrist? Have a closer look — that orange strap, that tonneau shaped case. It can only be one watch. One watch that anyone would be mad enough to wear while breaking a world record at an Olympic event, no less: the Richard Mille RM27-02 Tourbillon – Rafael Nadal.
Quick Facts about the RM27-02: Its case is made from NTPT carbon and TPT quartz, and features a movement, which weighs no more than 3.35g, with one-minute tourbillon; is able to withstand 5,000Gs.