Watch On Sylvester Stallone's Wrist in Expendables 2 & 3... Richard Mille RM032 Chronograph Diver & PAM Bronzo Quick Take and Pics... Oh & The RM028
The RM028 feels small when held together with the RM032... The RM032 is GARGANTUAN!
for more pics of the RM032 with another kind of Italian Stallion click here LINK
Now we all know Sly likes 'em BIG! I'm talkin about watches yuh. From Panerais in the past and now going way upmarket with the Richard Mille RM032. They all have a big watch case in common and size being relative, it kinda makes sense don't it? :)
i won't go into the movies themselves but i would say they are switch off your mind, big guns blazing, no-brainer shoot-em ups with alot of past action heros showing off their ability to shoot & blow stuff up, pugilistic skills(kickin a$$ and takin names) and there's a fair amount of knives on display.
Now these watches aren't my cuppa but i can see how they might appeal to folks with loadsamoney who want 'em big, brash and shouty :) declaring loudly to the world, "Look at me i have a lot of $ and i spend it however i want to" as they pull up in their supercar[lambo, ferrari, pagani, mclaren take your pick]. It is also in some ways kinda suited to the world of the Expendables(the title may be apt too). I mean, these are supposed to be divers watches after all and it always makes sense to go diving with US$100k watches ;) Some in-hand pix follow of these BIG Beasts and some factoids... Let's tackle the BIG one first!
the red strap looks great on this piece actually, better than the stock black
and as we know red is great for tactical, covert mission ops :)
"The RM 032 is water resistant to 300 meters (30 atmospheres), following ISO 6425 diver’s watch norms. This is achieved with a unique, curved, tripartite case design. It is complemented with a screwed crown construction and the integration of the horns in the case. The horns of each RM 032 version have screws that optimally fix the diver’s rubber strap.
In the world of horology, the case of the RM 032 is one the most difficult to manufacture. After a 1h30- hour turning phase, this tripartite case has to undergo 830 operations planned during an 9-hour milling phase. After a 11-hour machining phase, each case has to pass a full day of quality control. The pushers and their respective components and the crown require a 10-day machining phase. Within this period, numerous water resistant tests and quality controls are carried out and also the hand brushing and polishing of the case. All of these steps are paramount to obtain ergonomic levels specific to Richard Mille watches."
these round cases are a departure of course from the trademark tonneau cases like in the RM011 (pics of that here -> LINK) but it retains the brand DNA in looks
vaucher made RM specs with it's distinctive look
higher end stuff coming out from APRP and soprod takin care of some of ladies watch movements and others
The PAM382 is interesting for 2 reasons:
1) it made bronze a popular case material, in a fair number of dive/dive style watches, even though other brands had bronze watches before it came along
2) Panerai did a u-turn on not issuing more bronze cased watches by coming out with the PAM507 in 2013. read more about it here LINK
and a last interesting fact is Sly bought and gifted them to several of his co-stars(Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews). Great gesture
why do i feel like going down to the gym, pumpin iron and beefcakin up? GRRRR... ok scratch that. i'll stick with the non-clock sized watches that are my taste right now :) cheers, raph