Bringing Richard Mille RM25-01 deeply into remote areas of Colorado During World War II, the U.S. Army saw the wisdom of soldiers who were proficient in mountaineering and skiing. The rugged peaks of France, Italy, and Germany may be the key battlefields, where skilled alpine combat troops can occupy and occupy the real commanding heights. Thus was born the 10th Mountain Division, a team of elite soldiers who had received rope work, abseiling, rock climbing and backcountry ski training. The personnel selected into the division are recruited by the National Ski Patrol and selected from a group of experienced skiers. This novel process is considered easier than training the mountain skills of existing soldiers. The department’s training center is Camp Hale, located in the remote center of the Colorado Rockies, which is the perfect environment to hone unique skills. After the war, some of the soldiers returned to Colorado,
A tribute to the Colorado history of the 10th Mountain Division and Camp Hale is a series of remote mountain lodges scattered in the highlands. The 10th Mountain Division and Alfred A. Braun’s cabin system can only be accessed by skis or snowshoes in winter. The cabin itself is a rustic wooden shelter heated by a wood stove, with beds for sleeping and Propane stove for cooking. In severe winters, hiking to one of these remote cabins at an altitude of 11,000 feet seems to be a suitable way to review the most “remote area” of Richard Mille watches: RM25-01 Tourbillon Adventure, an inspired watch orchid Bo himself, Sylvester Stallone.
RM 25-01 is big and shameless in every aspect of the word. It is 51 mm wide and nearly 24 mm thick, which is very large. The 100-meter water-resistant case is made of Richard Mille’s TPT carbon composite material and is fixed together with spline grade 5 titanium screws. This watch is equipped with a manual-winding chronograph movement, equipped with a 24-hour display, tourbillon, power reserve, and torque and function indicators. These functions alone are jaw-dropping, but compared with the external functions of this watch, they gradually fade the background.
The RM 25–01 is a manual-winding chronograph with a 24-hour display, tourbillon, power reserve, and torque and function indicators. The bezel can be used for navigation.
RM 25-01 is equipped with a rotating bezel made of Damascus TPT carbon, and has a compass mark and an hour scale, which are used to display the compass direction of the northern and southern hemispheres with the hands (more on this later). The bezel can be removed and replaced with a liquid compass module with a hinged cover (also TPT carbon fiber), which has a mirror and aiming hole, and can be accurately navigated with a bubble level on the side of the case.
But perhaps the most interesting feature of this watch is undoubtedly the world’s first in any type of watch: a small bottle mounted on the right contains three water purification tablets, which can be used to make the dirtiest water into drinking water in about half a year. .
There is no doubt that Sly already has the first place on his wrist. What is the price of this chronograph and compass and water purifier? 985,000 USD. That’s right, $1 million will allow you to buy this high-end preparation watch, and some change to buy a box of MRE, a KA-BAR, and a sweaty headscarf.
Now, I know what you are thinking: this watch is big, fancy, unnecessary, and expensive. I can already expect the comments. “My Apple Watch and a bottle of iodine pills can do all this!” So let’s put it aside for now. After all, I guess very few of us are the target market for this extraordinary timepiece, so it saves us from having to perform a critical cost-benefit analysis, but just celebrating its sheer outrageousness.
When I strapped the RM 25-01 to my snowshoes and Ortovox avalanche transceiver and ascended to the Markley Hut a few miles away in Aspen at a vertical distance of 3 miles and 1,100 feet, I felt very dizzy. The public relations staff at fake Richard Mille North America must obtain special permission from the headquarters to allow me to test this watch. Fortunately, a few years ago, I participated in their RM 032 dive in the Caribbean for a week without any adverse effects. Obviously, they think I can be trusted. Nevertheless, one million dollars is still one million dollars. With such a watch, I might navigate the Continental Divide and then disappear, DB Cooper style, and become a legend of watch bloggers.
Although I want to say that wearing the RM 25-01 has brought me some special, Rambo-style field strength, I hardly noticed it under my gloves. In fact, this huge case is so light and curved that it is very comfortable not to see it on my wrist. So much so that every once in a while, I will stop and check to make sure it is there, because digging for three miles in deep snow will make me spend this remote adventure in a rather panic and unpleasant way. Remaining time.
Testing the dive watch in the expected environment is relatively simple. Is it waterproof? Check. Easy to read? Check. Track elapsed time? Check. But RM 25-01 needs more effort to be properly reviewed. First, use the standard compass baffle for pathfinding. With a standard analog dial, there is a well-known clever way to tell the direction: point the hour hand at the sun, and true south will be at the middle mark of the arc between the hand and 12:00. It is even easier to use a GMT watch or a watch with a 24-hour display. Point the 24-hour hand to the sun and 12:00 to the north. Note that this applies to the northern hemisphere. The opposite is true south of the equator. With RM 25-01, the baffle makes the operation easier. Align the hour markers of the bezel in the desired hemisphere with the hour counter, point it to the sun, and all compass directions will be displayed automatically. Check.
Raise your hand: How many of you know how to use a compass to measure orientation and navigation? We become weak in the world of Google Maps. Rambo would disagree, and this watch aptly encourages old-school wayfinding. The provided liquid compass module can be used in two ways. After the standard bezel is removed, it can be stuck on the case or used alone, with the attached rubber lanyard clipped into the titanium map scale and worn on the neck. On the watch, the TPT compass module can be closed for protection, or opened for use. The green bubble level on the side of the case ensures that you can hold the compass perfectly horizontally, making it easiest to remove the watch from your wrist. The rearview mirror inside the car helps to keep the compass at sight level for optimal aiming. Using the aperture and line of sight, you can accurately determine the heading. If you fail in navigation and the SAR chopper is looking for you, the mirror can also act as a signal device. fake watches form china
One thing to note here: In extreme cold or high altitude areas, any small bubbles in the liquid compass will become larger. At 11,000 feet and 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the compass on the RM 25-01 has a fairly large bubble, which may cause its accuracy to be unreliable. When I mentioned this to the representative of Richard Mille in Aspen, she said they knew this and attributed it to the fact that the watch was a prototype.
I don’t actually use too many chronographs on hiking trips, but it is definitely worth mentioning. Taking into account the bulbous protrusion on the right side of the RM 25-01, the timing button is repositioned to the left and turned upside down. This means that the lower button starts and stops the chronograph, and the upper button resets. When worn on the left wrist, this requires the thumb to activate it, which is optimal because the thumb is actually faster to use than the index finger (see earlier bomb timers).
Of course, the last feature that needs to be tested is the water purifier. In fact, in remote huts, these are not really necessary because there is enough snow to boil and melt for drinking. High-altitude snow is generally safe to drink because it will not be contaminated by the urine and feces of animals that enter streams and lakes. Nevertheless, for thoroughness, we found a creek below the valley and scooped a bottle of water from it. The tablets provided by best Richard Mille and RM 25-01 are standard micro-pure iodine tablets, made by Katadyn. Facts have proved that they can effectively remove Cryptosporidium, Giardia, bacteria and viruses in water in just 30 minutes. Just put the tablet in a liter and wait. This is where the chronograph is useful. The resulting water has a slight orange hue and bitter taste, but I am happy to report that I have not suffered any adverse effects. You’re welcome.