Ac­tion Sta­tions

Richard Mille’s RM25- 01 is the ul­ti­mate out­door watch

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If a Hol­ly­wood ac­tion star col­lab­o­rates with a high­con­cept watch­maker, what do you end up with? A time­piece fit for Rambo, that’s what.

Ac­tor Sylvester Stal­lone is a big fan of fine Swiss watches and a buddy of Richard Mille, founder of the epony­mous brand. So it comes as no sur­prise that the lat­ter is ded­i­cat­ing its lat­est celebrity- cross­over time­piece, the RM 25- 01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture, to the all- ac­tion ac­tor.

The RM 25- 01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture took four years to de­velop. The watch, ac­cord­ing to Mille, is in sync with his brand’s DNA and, like Stal­lone’s on- screen char­ac­ter, John Rambo, in the 1982 movie First Blood and its se­quels, it is “de­signed for ex­treme con­di­tions”. As such, the RM 25- 01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture packs many world­first func­tions that could eas­ily be called into ac­tion if it were on Rambo’s wrist.

To start off, it’s huge. Mea­sur­ing 50.85mm in di­am­e­ter with a round ti­ta­nium and car­bon TPT case, this watch looks like a fu­tur­is­tic gadget, cov­ered with Rambo- ap­proved mark­ings and in­di­ca­tions. In­side the watch is a highly skele­tonised, tour­bil­lon- equipped, ti­ta­nium com­pe­ti­tion chrono­graph move­ment sup­ported by base­plate and bridges ma­chined out of grade 5 ti­ta­nium. This not only makes the watch lighter but also in­creases its pre­ci­sion and long- term re­li­a­bil­ity while re­duc­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion by 50 per­cent. The 70- hour power re­serve drives an un­usual 24- hour dis­play that can dis­tin­guish am from pm. The RM 25- 01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture is also equipped with a main­spring torque in­di­ca­tor and wind­ing- crown po­si­tion in­di­ca­tor.

All these are fa­mil­iar as­pects of Richard Mille time­pieces – but the RM 25- 01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture’s out­door cre­den­tials are a game changer. It comes with two de­tach­able ti­ta­nium bezels which can be swapped to suit the wearer’s needs. One is a bidi­rec­tional day­time bezel with 24- hour scale and 360- de­gree mark­ings. The other is re­ally a com­pass and comes with a hunter- style car­bon TPT cover which can be flipped up or down. The cover has a mir­rored back, view­ing slot and grad­u­ated marker ring. It is coated with an­tire­flec­tive, anti- mag­netic sap­phire crys­tal to pre­vent any in­ter­fer­ence to the move­ment and com­pass. Ad­di­tion­ally there is a ti­ta­nium- cased spirit level at 4 o’clock to in­di­cate if the watch is com­pletely hor­i­zon­tal, help­ing the wearer to take more ac­cu­rate read­ings. When de­tached, the com­pass bezel can be mounted on to a plate, which turns it into a map- style com­pass.

An­other ar­rest­ing fea­ture is a her­met­i­cally sealed com­part­ment that can hold up to five water pu­rifi­ca­tion tablets, each ca­pa­ble of ren­der­ing a litre of water safe to drink in any­where from half an hour to two hours, de­pend­ing on pol­lu­tion lev­els.

In true Rambo style, the RM 25- 01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture comes with a cam­ou­flage- pat­tern rub­ber strap and is water re­sis­tant to 10 bar. It’s a lim­ited edi­tion of 20 pieces – but, since Stal­lone has one on his wrist al­ready, there are only 19 still up for grabs.

TOP: RICHARD MILLE AND SYLVESTER STAL­LONE. ABOVE: THE RM 25- 01 TOUR­BIL­LON AD­VEN­TURE

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