Richard Mille has unveiled tennis prodigy Alexander Zverev, nicknamed ‘Sascha’, as the newest member of the family. The 19-year-old rising star follows in the footsteps of tennis champ Rafael Nadal, who has partnered with the luxury watchmaker since 2011.
Considered as the next gen of international tennis stars, Alexander was crowned ITF’s World Junior Tennis Champion, a title previously held by some of the greatest names in the world of tennis in 2013. The following year, he emerged victorious in his first ATP Challenger tournament, the Sparkassen Open in Braunshweig and two weeks later, was invited to play in the Hamburg ATP 500 event where he made headlines in beating three top 20 players and reaching the Semi Finals where he lost to top 5 David Ferrer. Zverev was also one of the top 100 players by the end of the 2015 season. The youngest player to be ranked, he received the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award.
Alexander Zverev plays with the RM 27-01 watch on the courts. With its case made of carbon nanotubes, the timepiece weighs 18.83 grams, inclusive of the strap—a world record for a mechanical watch. Developed hand in hand with Rafael Nadal, the tourbillon calibre suspended by cables can resist accelerations of up to 5,000g’s. Designed for tennis, this watch feels like a second skin.