The ‘Happy’ star Pharrell Williams just got cooler, once again. The multiple Grammy winner as well as a two-time Academy Award nominee and a noteworthy fashion designer, Pharrell has collaborated with his long-time friend and Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille to launch RM52-05, a Star Trek-inspired Manual Winding Tourbillon limited-edition timepiece of only 30 pieces worldwide.
Pharrell has oft been spotted wearing a Richard Mille watch, yet this is the first time the two have actually worked together.
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 artistical 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. It also has large inserts in dazzling blue aventurine glass to give off a feel of what outer space is like.
Grade 5 titanium is also used for the case with indestructible hand-painted strokes for an all-pervading timelessness. The face of the dial features an astronaut helmet with a close-up look at what Mars is like. The enamel of the Red Planet has multiple colour changes. This is 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. Best be quick about it if you’re looking to get your hands on one.
All images: Courtesy Richard Mille
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.