Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.
While Rafael Nadal’s new collaborative Richard Mille watch may be a few months old at this point, I thought the one he wore this week was something else— a completely new, special edition of the model, maybe. I was so convinced I emailed the folks over at RM who confirmed: nope! Same watch. Just a new strap. Which is a bigger deal than it sounds like! While some watch connoisseurs compare the strap to a car’s tires—functional and replaceable—Nadal makes the case that the strap is more like a fresh new paint job.
And while Rafa’s standard lagoon-blue strap played nicely with the watch’s orange and red accents, his new white strap dials up the contrast, makes the case appear darker in context, and turns a once funky-and-colorful piece into