Sylvester Stallone is one of those 1980s actors that you immediately associate with the brute and brawn of action hero John Rambo, or the steely nerve, fight and determination of boxer Rocky Balboa. But more than the muscle and testosterone that fill the silver screen everytime he’s on it, did you know the Hollywood personality is also an artist, who has been shown at the Nice Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art?
The 72-year-old director and producer is an artist, as well as a major collector of art and watches. Which is why it was natural for Richard Mille to collaborate with the screen icon.
The partnership between Mille, founder of the eponymous brand, and Stallone began in 2014, and has this year resulted in the uber-luxurious RM25-01 Tourbillon Adventure (exclusively limited to 20 pieces) which stands not just for action and adventure, but just as much for luxury and refinement.
Mille shares in an extensive press kit about the watch: “We became friends, and discovered that we were passionate about similar things and had similar desires. He is a fan of all things mechanical, something that comes through in his sculpture works.
“Of course, he also loves watches, and enjoys wearing them, particularly rather imposing models. So naturally, it occurred to us one day that we ought to do something together.”
Mille wanted to embrace the actor’s on-camera bravado and passion, as well as his personal drive and ambition.
And so the brand strove to pack a number of world’-first functions into the RM25-01.
Developed in collaboration with Stallone, the new watch attests a desire on the part of the brand as well as the artist to conquer the most thoroughly hostile of natural environments.
With state of the art functionalities, the RM 25-01 would most be well suited for a wrist like Rambo’s.
The goal of the technicity adopted by the RM 25-01 was to provide a tool that would allow brave souls to get around safely, wherever they might be; however perilous the situation.
In terms of movement, the calibre RM25-01 tourbillon is at its technical best.
Its baseplate and bridges, machined out of grade 5 titanium, effectively support a mechanism that combines a tourbillon complication and the complexity of a new chronograph movement.
A 70-hour power-reserve, visible using the coupling and function indicators, drives an unusual 24-hour display, which allows one to distinguish between day and night.
The case features a combination of titanium and Carbon TPT, the indestructible composite whose damascene surface has become something of a brand signature, reducing the overall weight of the watch.
Water resistant to 100m, the RM 25-01 comes with two interchangeable bezels.
First, a compass in grade 5 titanium with a DLC coating that has both a fixed and a rotating bezel, whose 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 have a multilayer anti-reflective treatment, as well as an anti-magnetic coating. Detached from the watch, the compass may be affixed to a plate made of Carbon TPT.
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.
At 2 o’clock, a hermetic compartment in grade 5 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 that emanates from this limited edition watch, a sculptural strap in natural rubber sporting a camouflage motif and a strong pin-buckle in grade 5 titanium keep the ergonomic curves of this case securely on the wrist.
Is all that Rambo enough for you?