Not content with just singing, songwriting, fashion design and various other entrepreneurial activities — multi Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams has just landed with a cosmos-sized impact in the world of watches with his very own timepiece in collaboration with Richard Mille.
Williams has long been a friend of the brand, sporting many iconic timepieces over the years. This will mark the first time both Williams and Richard Mille have worked together on a timepiece. The RM52-05 Manual Winding Tourbillon will carry Williams’ name as well, making it all the more exclusive — as if having only 30 pieces available worldwide wasn’t enough.
The design of the luxury timepiece draws inspiration from the concept of Space and Mars. This stems from Williams’ major fascination with Star Trek from an early age. It utilises the skills and craftsmanship of a painter, an engraver, and an enameller to its fullest.
The RM52-05 features high-tech materials in a miniature state, creating an artistic and technical challenge. Much like a space shuttle, the baseplate of the watch that carries the movement comes in grade 5 titanium. It also offers a glimpse into the skeletonised grade 5 titanium bridges that evokes rocket launch platforms. In addition, it features large inserts in dazzling blue aventurine glass to give off a feeling of outer space.
Grade 5 titanium is also used for the case with indestructible hand-painted strokes, while the face of the ornate dial features an astronaut helmet with a close-up look at what Mars is like. To further encapsulate the cosmos, the enamel of the Red Planet has multiple colour changes, due to the superimposing layers with an increased number of firings at 850°. This allows it to have an orange to red and blue to black gradients.
The case comes in brown Cermet, combining the lightness of titanium with the hardness of ceramic. Its brown hue with metallic reflections is all thanks to the use of metallic zirconium matrix. The case band is made of Carbon TPT, a well-known component in the field of aerospace. Its crown is based on the design of a rocket capsule while the rubber surrounding it sports a distinctive profile of a Martian Rover tyre.
There are only 30 pieces of the Richard Mille RM52-05 Manual Winding Tourbillon Pharrell Williams available in the world, so you should act fast if you’re looking to get your hands on one.
All images courtesy of Richard Mille.
This article was originally published on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.