Richard Mille : Time and Space

by editor

Singer, songwriter and record-producer Pharrell Williams joined hands with Richard Mille to create the galactic RM 52-05.

His music is disruptive, so the watch that Pharrell Williams helped create is certainly anything but ordinary. He has satiated his childhood obsession with space and presented a different perspective of Mars and Earth through the RM 52-05.

On the Grade 5 titanium dial, it’s as if Earth is being viewed from Mars through an astronaut’s helmet during a galactic journey. The rugged Martian landscape is engraved using specially created burins.

The changing colours of the landscape—from orange to red, blue and black—are achieved with grand-feu enameling, after multiple rounds of high-temperature firing at 850Cº before being hand-painted. Two diamonds and a black sapphire on the dial mark the projectors and cameras on either side of the helmet.

 

The space theme is further underscored with features like cutout hands and the bridges visible from the case back that evoke rocket launch platforms. The crown is modeled after a space capsule and the rubber ring around the crown resembles a Martian rover tire.

The unique brown hue of the case with metallic reflections is a result of combining light titanium and hard ceramic. Space-grade Carbon TPT is integrated into the 49.94×42.35×16.15mm case.

The watch also features a RM52-05 tourbillon, the baseplate of which is also made of Grade 5 titanium alloy, embellished with a large blue aventurine glass insert. There  are only 30 pieces in the collection. US$969,000.