The new Richard Mille RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure is ready to bring action and discovery to life akin to those of Sylvester Stallone’s characters
The RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone is ready to bring action, adventure and discovery to life, with Rocky Balboa and Rambo himself at the helm
DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION with Sylvester Stallone, the new RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Chronograph attests Richard
Mille’s and the action star’s ability to conquer the most thoroughly hostile of natural environments. Hero of the novel First Blood by David Morell, John Rambo has embodied the spirit of adventure for over thirty years. First portrayed by Stallone in 1982, this character of a man tormented by a war without mercy had a major impact on the actor’s career, revealing Sly as the man of Hollywood action films. With its hitherto unheard-of functionalities that go to the very heart of the watch, the RM 25-01 could easily be imagined on John Rambo’s wrist. Truly a horological UFO, this timepiece is, as Sylvester Stallone says, “Ready for action.”
THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
Despite our sedentary modern lifestyle, humans retain from our nomadic past a thirst for adventure and discovery. As new technologies make it possible to situate oneself to the nearest centimetre anywhere on the globe, today’s adventurers seek to challenge their capacity to survive under perilous conditions. The goal of the technical approach adopted by the RM 25-01 was to provide a tool that would allow these brave souls to get around safely, wherever they might be. Stallone has always had a distinct preference for imposing wristwatches. Many noted the RM 032 on a red strap that he wore throughout The Expendables 3, which he also directed. It was thus incumbent on the RM 25-01 to adopt the round shape of the former, perfect for accurate reading of the time and suitable for housing a compass, a crucial piece of equipment for any adventure, which Stallone specially requested. In terms of movement, the Calibre RM25-01 Tourbillon is Richard Mille’s signature technicity at its best.
MADE FOR ACTION
Its baseplate and bridges, machined out of titanium, effectively support a mechanism that combines a tourbillon complication
and the complexity of a new ‘competition’ chronograph movement. It took the brand’s engineers several months of work to optimise the calibre. In the end, they successfully reduced its weight while increasing its precision and long-term chronometric reliability. The overall reduction in inertia goes hand in hand with a 50% lower energy consumption. The 70-hour power reserve, visible using the coupling and function indicators, drives an unusual 24-hour display, essential for distinguishing am and pm should the viewer be deprived of sunlight. The round case showcases a combination of titanium and Carbon TPT, the indestructible composite whose damascene surface has become something of a brand signature, and which significantly reduces the overall weight of the watch.
Water resistant to 100m, the RM 25-01 comes with two interchangeable bezels.
The first is a compass in titanium with DLC coating that has both a fixed and a rotating bezel. Its bayonet mount makes it quick and easy to fix on the case. The Carbon TPT cover has a mirrored back and a slot at 12 o’clock to increase precision of sightings with the compass needle. Its sapphire crystals are layered with antimagnetic coating to prevent any mutual interference of the movement and compass. A spirit level located at 4 o’clock makes it possible to check that the watch is perfectly horizontal for better readings. Detached from the watch, the compass may be affixed to a plate made of Carbon TPT. Ideal for orientating, this configuration provides, among other things, lines indicating the direction to take when following a course on a map.
The compass bezel may be switched out by the wearer for a bidirectional bezel in Carbon TPT and titanium, with a 24-hour scale, a 360°graduated disc, and indications for the cardinal directions. No calculations are required̶all that’s needed is to face the sun with the hour hand and turn the bezel so the local time is indicated on its 24-hour scale̶ the wearer can then identify north, south, east and west in either hemisphere. At 2 o’clock, a hermetic compartment in titanium can hold water purification tablets that make a litre of any water safe to drink in 30 to 120 minutes, depending on the level of pollution.
In keeping with the spirit of adventure, a sculptural strap in natural rubber sporting a camouflage motif is used to keep this 20-piece limited edition timepiece securely fastened on the wrist. AM
Richard Mille and Sylvester Stallone Stallone at his studio. A man of many faces, the action film icon is also an a ist and now Richard Mille’s collaborator
RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone