Culture / Cars

Rafael Nadal’s Beloved Watch Brand Jumps into Bed with Aston Martin

This Timepiece Can Move

BY Jim Shi // 03.09.16

Continuing the time-tested alliance between hand-crafted luxury auto brands and watchmakers, Aston Martin and Richard Mille have entered into a long-term global partnership and racing collaboration.

Mille, famous for his tourbillon-equipped watches modeled by ambassador Rafael Nadal, will work directly with the design team at Aston Martin led by chief creative officer Marek Reichman — the results of which will be a collection of Richard Mille timepieces featuring the iconic Aston Martin wings.

This isn’t Aston Martin’s first foray into haute horlogerie. Astute watch aficionados will remember that the British automaker had previously been aligned with Jaeger-LeCoultre to create AMVOX transponder watches that could double as keys for Aston vehicles. While there’s hope that the Mille creations will be just as advanced, it’s probably unlikely that they’ll mirror the remote starters.

“We are passionate about the world of luxury sports cars, it has always been a personal interest of mine, and Aston Martin is the perfect partner for us,” said Mille. “The spirit of embracing mechanical challenges forms an integral part of both watches and cutting-edge automotive design.”

In addition, Richard Mille will also be supporting the Aston Martin Racing team in the FIA World Endurance Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Nürburgring 24 Hours.

The companies have not announced a release date for the watches.

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