Bryan Armen Graham
Monday August 30th, 2010

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal drew plenty of attention this summer for endorsing and playing with a Richard Mille watch that costs $525,000. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The first few days of a major have the feel of the first day of high school. Mature, secure upperclassmen rule the roost. Awkward freshman walk nervously and hope they won’t sit alone at the table at the players’ cafeteria.

Rafael Nadal, tennis’ current B.M.O.C., practiced this morning and then walked through the lounge turning heads, even his potential opponents unable to feign cool indifference as he passed.

He dressed casually -- T-shirt, shorts, canary yellow racket bag and carrying a video-game console. He did not, however, sport the $525,000 timepiece that was a brief cause célèbre earlier this summer. And, thanks to professional watch journalist Miguel Seabra, here’s why. Rafael Nadal’s $525,000 RM 027 Tourbillon Stolen? [The Watch Lounge]

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