First Blood

Richard Mille’s maiden col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hollywood star Sylvester Stal­lone results in a horo­log­i­cal mon­ster that any ad­ven­ture-lov­ing dare­devil will love, says Ter­ence Lim

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If sylvester stal­lone were a watch, how would he look like? To that, look no fur­ther than the Richard Mille RM 25-01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture. De­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the 72-year-old ac­tion star, the ticker is de­signed as a tool watch that will guide ex­plor­ers and ad­ven­tur­ers out of the prick­li­est of sit­u­a­tions. Sev­eral key fac­tors were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion dur­ing the de­sign process. First, the shape—a ma­jor as­pect when it comes to Richard Mille watches since most of them sport the sig­na­ture ton­neau-shaped case. The RM 25-01 has a round case as Stal­lone has stated his pref­er­ence for big, round tick­ers, sim­i­lar to the RM 032 on a red strap he sported through­out The Ex­pend­ables 3. With more space on the bezel and face, it makes for bet­ter leg­i­bil­ity and al­lows the team to in­cor­po­rate a com­pass, which Stal­lone specif­i­cally re­quested for, into the de­sign. The com­pass crafted out of Grade 5 ti­ta­nium with a DLC coat­ing can be fixed onto the bezel eas­ily us­ing its bay­o­net mount. Equipped with a sturdy car­bon TPT cover with a mir­rored back, it fea­tures mul­ti­lay­ered anti-re­flec­tive sap­phire crys­tals, which come with an anti-mag­netic coat­ing to pre­vent any mu­tual in­ter­fer­ence of the move­ment and com­pass. (TPT stands for thin ply tech­nol­ogy and car­bon TPT is a light­weight and extremely strong car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite de­vel­oped in-house.) A spirit level is fixed at 4 o’clock to en­sure that the watch is per­fectly hor­i­zon­tal for more ac­cu­rate read­ings. And in true ad­ven­turer spirit, the com­pass can be de­tached from the watch and mounted on a car­bon TPT plate, which will then make map read­ing and nav­i­gat­ing less of a chal­lenge. There is also a slightly less com­pli­cated bezel op­tion in the bidi­rec­tional ring made of car­bon TPT and ti­ta­nium. It fea­tures a 24-hour scale, a 360-de­gree grad­u­ated disc, and in­di­ca­tions for the car­di­nal di­rec­tions. On the me­chan­i­cal front, the RM 25-01 is no shrink­ing vi­o­let ei­ther. Be­sides a tour­bil­lon, it fea­tures a “com­pe­ti­tion” chrono­graph move­ment, which is the brand’s way of say­ing that the op­ti­mised mech­a­nism

is more ef­fi­cient and ac­cu­rate. The team of engi­neers work­ing on the chrono­graph man­aged to re­duce the weight of the man­u­al­wind­ing cal­i­bre and upped its pre­ci­sion and long-term chrono­met­ric re­li­a­bil­ity. By re­duc­ing the weight, and hence in­er­tia, lesser en­ergy—50 per cent to be ex­act—is re­quired to drive the move­ment, which ex­plains why the cal­i­bre has a power re­serve of 72 hours. When asked about the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Stal­lone, Richard Mille ex­plained that it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of their friend­ship, es­pe­cially when the Amer­i­can ac­tor is a “fan of all things me­chan­i­cal”. “Nat­u­rally, it oc­curred to us one day that we ought to do some­thing to­gether. The RM 25-01 is like no watch that has ever ex­isted be­fore. Like Sylvester Stal­lone him­self, it is com­pletely un­fet­tered,” Mille said. “Its de­vel­op­ment was es­pe­cially slow and pain­stak­ing, and as an ob­ject, it is com­pletely in sync with the brand: de­signed for ex­treme con­di­tions, use­ful, so­phis­ti­cated and com­plex, yet un­be­liev­ably tough—the ul­ti­mate time­piece!” Only 20 pieces of the Richard Mille RM25-01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture will be avail­able world­wide.

SPE­CIAL HIDEOUT The Richard Mille RM 25-01 Tour­bil­lon Ad­ven­ture fea­tures a her­metic com­part­ment at 2 o’clock to hold wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion tablets—per­fect for those go­ing on an expedition with­out clean drink­ing wa­ter

Richard Mille (pic­tured left) was in­tro­duced to Sylvester Stal­lone by his Amer­i­can busi­ness part­ner and was sur­prised at how hum­ble and hu­mor­ous the ac­tor is BROTH­ERS IN ARMS

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