After over a decade of supporting the Richard Mille brand, Pharrell Williams has finally received his official signature watch. The RM 52-05 Tourbillon celebrates Pharrell’s love for space and fascination with the cosmos.
The watch harnesses three main techniques from the watch brand in the form of engraving, enameling, and painting. Looking at the dial, these techniques are applied to an astronaut design where grade 5 titanium is met with white diamonds, black sapphires, 5N gold, and grand-feu-enameling — decorating the space helmet takes 15 hours alone.
The caseback reveals the baseplate and bridge made from Grade 5 titanium (90% titanium, 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium) which is the same material used in the aerospace and aeronautics industry. Looking deeper you will also find dazzling blue aventurine glass that gives off the appearance of stars in the night sky thanks to the inclusion of hexagonal copper crystals.
Powered by a CALIBRE RM52-05, the watch features a fast rotating barrel, a tourbillon, 50 meters of water resistance, 19 jewels, 42 hours of power reserve, and beats at 21,600 VPH. Functionality is kept minimal with only an hour and minutes display; allowing the artwork on the dial to be admired without distractions.
Those interested will have to get in line as this watch is limited to 30 pieces and will most likely be trading much higher than its retail price of $969,000 USD. Head over to Richard Millefor more information.