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Richard Mille’s New Million Dollar RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Watch For Sylvester Stallone

Richard Mille's New Million Dollar RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Watch For Sylvester Stallone Mens Watches Watch Releases

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As obnoxious at is, I love this Richard Mille “Tourbillon Adventure” uber-luxury wristwatch toy. Sure, only the likes of Sylvester Stallone and anyone else able to afford its $983,000 USD price tag will be able to own one… but it’s fun to imagine. Though, I won’t stay up at night lusting for the chance to own one as I know better than to put myself up there with John Rambo. In fact, the title character of the Rambo movie franchise is who Sylvester Stallone was thinking to equip when he and Richard Mille himself spent four years “slowly” going back and forth on design iterations and concepts. Finally, and with all the budget in the watch world, the Richard Mille RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone Watch was born.

As a child whose favorite movie memories include action films from the 1980s, this type of emo-bait artistic horology is exactly what lures me into thinking that a lovingly over-engineered macho-fantasy hand-crafted wrist gadget will help make me more complete inside. I will tell you what it will make yet more complete – any well-rounded superwatch collection. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Stallone several years ago – eye-to-eye, as watch guys. He is among the few Hollywood royalty who isn’t a schmuck and clearly has worked hard to get where is he and maintain it. Stallone is intelligent and was blessed with good taste in a town that has a bad reputation for enabling people with bad taste to regularly splurge. Stallone knows a nice watch and is perhaps most recognized among watch collectors for more or less single-handedly making Panerai a style icon and popular brand. Richemont has no doubt thanked him more than once for helping to creating something very successful to invest in.

Richard Mille's New Million Dollar RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Watch For Sylvester Stallone Mens Watches Watch Releases

Richard Mille's New Million Dollar RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Watch For Sylvester Stallone Mens Watches Watch Releases

Working with Richard Mille in this public manner is new for Sylvester Stallone, but he hasn’t been shy about putting his name on watches in the past. He famously had Panerai put “Slytech” on the dial of a few watches he reportedly gave to members of a movie crew during the shooting of the film Daylight. Though I will say with confidence that no watch from Stallone will ever be more expensive than one with “Richard Mille” on the dial. The 25-page (long even for Richard Mille) press release debuting the watch is unlike most I’ve seen from the brand. Much of it is a long essay legitimizing Sylvester Stallone as not just an action hero movie star strong man who still likes being in the spotlight, but as an artist, sensitive creator, and worldly man with broad and refined tastes. It even includes a small forward written by Richard Mille himself which reads:

An iconic actor of 1980s Hollywood, Sylvester Stallone is a man of many, sometimes contradictory, facets. When John Simonian, my American partner, introduced us, I was struck by how nice he was, by his sense of humour and his wry wit. His persona is serene and endearing, authentic and sincere. He is also an artist, whose deeply personal work is rooted in his passion for great painting and sculpture. He doesn’t cheat. Stallone assumes sole responsibility for his creations. I see that as strength, as powerful. 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. The RM 25-01 is like no watch that has ever existed before. Like Sylvester Stallone himself, it is completely unfettered. Its development was especially slow and painstaking, and as an object it is completely in sync with the brand: extreme, designed for extreme conditions, useful, sophisticated and complex, yet unbelievably tough—the ultimate timepiece!

Read into this statement and you’ll get a good understanding of what the Richard Mille brand really is – which is a pure form of mechanical fun for those wealthy enough to pay for insane engineering and development times despite selling very few of those products. Richard Mille has created a system where he and his friends can play with watches like boys with a manufacturing lab at their disposal. It’s not uncommon to feel a bit jealous. Anyhow, now that many of the readers feel that I am pandering to Richard Mille (just simply enthusiasm for the brand speaking), let’s discuss what the RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone watch is all about.

Richard Mille's New Million Dollar RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Watch For Sylvester Stallone Mens Watches Watch Releases

With a round case (still unusual, albeit increasingly more often used for Richard Mille), the RM 25-01 builds upon the brand’s tradition of adding functional complications to mechanical wrist watches with tourbillon-based movements. The manually-wound movement Caliber RM25-01 is pretty Richard-Mille-standard, beating at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with 72 hours of power reserve – but, of course, highly skeletonized for your viewing pleasure. This movement has a “competition chronograph” (I assume that means it is very accurate or precise) along with a movement torque indicator function for the mainspring’s tension, as well as a power reserve indicator. None of this is new for the brand, but the dial design is fresh and pretty neat looking. Yes, it would be more legible and tool-style with a solid dial – but it wouldn’t be a Richard Mille without a view to the movement inside of the case.

Richard Mille's New Million Dollar RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Watch For Sylvester Stallone Mens Watches Watch Releases

Now comes the survivalist stuff. Remember, this watch was meant for John Rambo to go with his survival knife. For the first time that I know of, Richard Mille is including an analog compass in a watch, and for the RM 25-01 it is detachable. The watch comes with two bezel options with one of them having a folding titanium and carbon TPT hood over the dial. This is the compass bezel and it includes a magnetic compass needle that is positioned right over the dial. Other features include a spirit level (bubble level behind “night vision” green glass as well as a small watertight chamber that holds five water purification capsules. Run out of water purification capsules (each is good for one liter of water) and you now have a small stash for stimulants, poisons, or small diamonds that fell out of jewelry on the dance floor at the parties John Rambo will be wearing this watch to.

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Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • Semido

    I don’t get it. Perhaps I need to make a few hundred millions and then I might.

  • Norbs K

    An expensive Invicta anyone?

    Is it a toy? Yes, certainly it is.
    Is it luxury? The price might be, but beside that, no. It’s not even close.

    The watch doesn’t tell too much about Stallone’s good taste.
    This watch is everything that stands against good taste. It looks at good taste in the rear view mirror. It took good taste out on a field trip, then shot it in the head and buried it under a tree.

    Maybe it’s the packaging, or the outrageous price for something so ugly, but it’s not my cup of tea. Even if I would have the money (and wrist size) I wouldn’t buy it. It is too expensive for a gimmick.

    Also Rambo would sooner wear a G-Shock then this. But does Rambo actually need a watch? It’s always killing time for him. No need for a watch tell him that.

    • Luxury only the veblen goods notion of the word

  • Marius

    Ugly, pointless and ridiculous but perhaps the first RM watch I’ve liked!

    Remember watching Sly, Arnie and Bruce Willis on a talk show in the 80s. Both Stallone and Schwarzenegger surprised me by how smart and funny they were.

    • FS1900

      Bruce Willis not so much?

    • Gokart Mozart

      Maybe Arnie will get Audemars Piguet to do a competitor to the RM.

      AP already do the ugly concept range, add some knobly buttons, several chunky bezels, and you can have a horological fist fight. AP own/related to Renaud and Papi, so they can borrow some functions.

  • Bruce Wang

    Do not ask me about what time is it ’cause it will take a long time to say it; yes, I have a “big onion” on my wrist and it caught a lot of attention (my purpose); I have one in my pulse because I can afford it (in my dreams of course!); etc…

    • The time? Just use you cell phone like every 12 year old in the world does to tell the time.

  • When my high school math teacher was handing out the end of semester exam results, the first thing he would say was: whoever is unhappy with someone else’s grade please come forward. I forsee many comments in this line of thought about this watch.
    I’m a nobody. Neither RM nor Lamborghini nor Luis Vuitton will ever make products specifically tailored for me. I think I’m fine with that.

    • Berndt Norten

      Was your teacher named ‘Mr. Hand’?!?

  • Dimman

    Richard Mille makes a parody homage of itself???

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I can see the scenario. I’m cruising along at 30,000 feet over the Swiss Alps in my gulfstream sipping a glass of champagne suddenly the engines stall and the plane goes into a nose dive. By the grace of God I survive, sadly the pilot wasn’t so lucky. Am I glad that that morning I I decided to slip on my new $1.000,000 survival watch. At that point I realise a GPS emergency distress signal button would have been useful ( why didn’t a put on my Breitling! ) Not having a clue where I am, in my delusional state I start stumbling north. I die 5 days later.

    • Horum Positivium

      You stay where you are and eat the Pilot. You’ll live longer if he’s a Big Pilot.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      …in the wilderness of Bümpliz-Bethlehem.

    • If the plane went into an immediate nose dive just from power loss, the pilots deserve to die.

  • Jon Heinz

    Oh, come *on*.

    On the flip side, you can lay claim to the “ultimate tool watch” title for just under a cool mil.

  • palettj

    @arieladams Ariel, have you ever seen Rambo or read the book? John Rambo the character would never wear this watch. The man was a disenfranchised Vietnam veteran who came back to the United States to find a country that had left him behind and turned on him. Rambo was a man just trying to find himself post war, not show off a $1MM Dollar watch.

    • And that’s exactly the difference between John Rambo and Sly Stallone.

  • Mischa

    It’s like a Mudmaster, minus the myriad of genuinely useful survival functions of the Casio. Oh, and 2000x more expensive. And a hell of a lot uglier.

  • Razzcal

    Dear god that thing is hideous! I’ve never liked RM’s aesthetics, but this one is really somethinh special. You could offer to pay me a million bucks and I still wouldn’t wear that monstrosity in public. Can’t imagine anyone with any measurable brain activity actually wanting one.

    • Gokart Mozart

      With the number of hideous GShocks that are sold each year some of them must be multi millionaires or billionaires.

  • wejpasadena

    We are in the last stages of this economic expansion. When money is being spent on things like this you know the end is near. Outrageous pricing met hideous style here.

    • Norbs K

      I thought the same when someone sold limited edition bullshit (actual bull’s, actual shit) and people bought them.
      Now it’s just a race for stupid people’s money. Some of them like to go big.

  • ross kaleolani

    Evidently a highly functional show watch. People ask me why so many watches, so I can’t diss this one this watch is just higher end for me. All the complications in this watch at million bucks no, no one would actually use it. Yet if I wanted to wear a big icky bling Invicta I would buy a big a big bling Invicta

  • cluedog12

    This Richard Mille reminds me a lot of the Corum C1 Tourbillon. Yeah, the one with the suspension cables and green goo power reserve.

    Ariel, question regarding the specs: How many Viagra tablets fit into the secret chamber?

    • Gokart Mozart

      Depends on how many of the condoms you have used.

  • Larry Holmack

    Uhhhh…so…if it’s a survival watch…can you detach the back of the watch and use it as a grill to cook up the trout you caught…or maybe a moose leg. Where is the built in .30-06, can you store your one man tent in there…or is your flint to start a fire stored in there too? Just wondering…

    It’s way larger than anything I would wear…but I am not a bazillionaire that can drop a cool million and not even notice it!

    • SuperStrapper

      30-06 for survival? No no no no no. Get an over under in .410 and .22wmr. I have a lot of nice things to say about my Henry ar-7 in .22lr as well.

      • Larry Holmack

        I am pretty sure there is room enough in this bad boy to add that O/U for small game and plinking some squirrels outta trees! It may cost you a few grand extra…but hey… what’s a few grand among best buddies!!?

  • Horum Positivium

    Needz moar bignesss.

    • Gokart Mozart

      I know it is still smaller than the GShock from a couple of weeks ago.

  • Joe

    ISO6425 does only require 100m, btw, although the requirements to pass that test involve more than that.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resistant_mark#ISO_6425_divers'_watches_standard

  • egznyc

    RM’s watch to haute horology: “I’m your worst nightmare.”

    John Rambo to this watch: “I’m coming to get YOU!”

    • Justin

      Arnold to all: “I’ll be back!”

  • Tempvs Mortvvs

    He makes his own time. Actually, he makes the time of the world. 😉

  • BobHoover Tiangco

    Looks like Richard Mille attempted to make a G Shock….and failed.

  • Drazen B

    Too ridiculous, even for someone like Sylvester Stallone.

    • Mille and Stallone both know no limits where taste is involved.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Details Raymond Details!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    What a relief. I already thought it could be bulky and unreadable.

  • WINKS

    Expendable.

  • SuperStrapper

    Survival and hunting are 2 different conversations!
    And, in all seriousness, I actually own an untouched acreage in northern ontario, and I’ll see bears 4 times a week or more. Yelling is 99.9% effective. Unless you’re somewhere way out that had real risk of brown or polar bears you don’t need big cartridges. Also .303>30-06

    • John Effing Zoidberg

      I’ll stick with .308. It’s only 50 cents a round.

      • SuperStrapper

        I roll my own. 303 and 444 are my pets.

        • John Effing Zoidberg

          Well then you should be shooting something really expensive to make it worth your time. I hear great things about .338LM and 6.5 Creedmoor. Too rich for my blood.

  • Stuart MacKenzie

    Meh, small and uninteresting compared to my Abominable Snowman 90mm Musk MR2919

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7d35913492929deb8c40f46415c450060f80d73e7c96e06ed57f10bc3c3799e.jpg

    And Black Death Musk MR2929!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0485f66e4f5f5b744ca072025192a0df5d917956f083312a07e91e21059364db.jpg

    Each is 1.5 pounds of pure quality craftsmanship!

    • Gokart Mozart

      I did not know Elon, did watches.

      Needs to rebrand it to Tesla, that will sell them.

      These sound like aftershaves for hItmen

  • MrJKLFoams

    Im here to read all comments rather than the article.

  • Hey, at least it’s not the same watch with different colors, as the F1 drivers and tenis players versions!

    Next time you lot call G-Shock ugly, remember this.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Still better looking than a most g shocks

      • Boy that’s a tough competition (ugliness) to call – RM vs G-Shock.

  • Aaand… It must be very nice to be someone a brand like RM actually designs a watch for.
    I’m sure I could come up with something classier, but I’m certain I’d come up with something even more ridiculous just to piss you all off!

  • Reprobus Marmaritarum

    Increasingly more often cannot abide this type of shouty exhibitionism…

  • Norbs K

    I would call that flambe. Just peel off the charcoal outer layer to get the sweet, succulent flesh.

    I am getting hungry here.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Maybe start with his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

      • MeaCulpa

        in the book it’s actually Amarone. Why they changed it to chianti for the movie is beyond me.

  • ross kaleolani

    Ya but with this watch you can ditch your fanny pack because your Walkman, Go Go’s and Flock of Seagulls cassettes will fit in it.

  • Marceau Ratard

    You don’t have to buy one, you get one by winning the International arm wrestling competition that you’ve be training for. You’ve neglected your son by training and truck driving for so long that you end of gifting him the watch in hopes of rebuilding the relationship. Unfortunately the kid just sells it to pay for college and a house. 🙂

    • Unlike handed down Pateks which the kids just sell for coke and ice (and we’re not talking beverages).

  • Robert McKean

    Just obscene, f-ing obscene.

    • daveyah2002

      It’s not that good.

  • Glass is half full!

  • SuperStrapper

    44 mag or 357? You’re a lever guy?

    I like you ?

    • ross kaleolani

      45-70!

      • SuperStrapper

        The only trustworthy government. Even though I prefer .444

  • MeaCulpa

    Did Trump campaign provide some sort of promotional watch? In that case that’s the watch he’s wearing.

  • Timestandsstill

    Looks like the camaraderie and off-topic banter/conversational flow has returned reborn! Should be some happy commenters again! Nothing like being united against a common foe to rally the troops!

    • Ariel Adams

      There is a fine line between fun banter (on-topic or not) and creating a hostile environment that breaks rules. We support people having fun so long as they do so in a civilized manner. I would caution you about seeing any conversation as adversarial which happens when there are “foes.”

      • Timestandsstill

        I was jokingly referring to the seemingly consistent consensus to RM watches by the community here, an opinion I don’t necessarily share ?

        It seems like there is also a similar response to Bremont articles

  • Martin Pikna

    I absolutely love this watch. I really like the combination of the different materials and functions. Finally RM is bringing out something new and fresh to combat the smart watches and down trend in swiss watches sales.That’s what people like about the apple(and other smart) watch is all the cool functions in one simple form. Obviously not for everyone and well out of price range as well as really oversized, but hopefully other companies will catch on. I wish more companies would take this direction and put out something similar, with more functions not just the usual 3 circles chronos. I personally like oversized watches and have owned my share of Concords but now settled for a Hublot Big Bang and that gets a lot of attention. I think RM should give one of these to soldiers who would actually use the functions as marketing exercise and John Rambo should be there to assist.

  • Martin Pikna

    I absolutely love this watch. I really like the combination of the different materials and functions. Finally RM is bringing out something new and fresh to combat the smart watches and down trend in swiss watches sales.That’s what people like about the apple(and other smart) watch is all the cool functions in one simple form. Obviously not for everyone and well out of price range as well as really oversized, but hopefully other companies will catch on. I wish more companies would take this direction and put out something similar, with more functions not just the usual 3 circles chronos. I personally like oversized watches and have owned my share of Concords but now settled for a Hublot Big Bang and that gets a lot of nice and good attention. I think RM should put one of these on every marines wrist as a marketing exercise and John Rambo should be there to assist.

  • Gokart Mozart

    I am not sure which is uglier.

    I know someone who is selling a couple If you are interested….

    All proceeds go to charity. I mean literally all proceeds go to charity, not to me for selling it.

  • Gokart Mozart

    You mean the ladies version.

    Next year 2 versions, the Grace Jones, and the Bridgette Nielson editions.

  • Gokart Mozart

    At least it will make it cheap second hand

  • Hambone

    So how do you use it to tell the time?

    • First you use the level and then the compass before spotting the sun, then you have to guess which hemisphere you were dropped into (oops – what about if you are on the equator?), then you roughly get the hour on the 24 hour ring. The mechanical time indication is of course lost on that nasty looking dial.

  • Gokart Mozart

    What’s wrong with making sure that the hammock you construct is perfectly level.

    Also if you need to set up camp for a while, there’s enough wood incase you want to make shelf’s that are level to put your clothes on.

    • No, it’s to make sure the pictures you hang in your hut made from your enemies bones are level. Otherwise your house guests will sneer at you (and you’ll have to then kill them and add an extension to the hut/house).

  • Berndt Norten

    Say what you will about his films, but he is a first rate artist. He paints, and his best work can rival the mad genius of Francis Bacon.

  • John Effing Zoidberg

    trust me, I get it.

  • ross kaleolani

    On another note if your a truck driver and an outside dual had a flat you can roll the inside dual up on this watch to repair – replace tire instead of using a wood block.

  • In my opinion, is the most expensive G-Shock!!

  • Yes, I handled them at BaselWorld when they came out (met Arnold too). Nothing I wanted to wear, but at least they were priced for real world fans.

  • But otherwise how can you tell if your wrist is level or not?

  • Ulysses31

    If Rocky had been wearing this at the time, he could’ve knocked out Drago with one punch.

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