Richard Mille has worked with singer songwriter Pharrell Williams on a limited edition RM 52-05 Tourbillon timepiece.
Mr Williams says his music and art is all about shifting focus, looking for new perspectives in unexpected partnerships.
“In every aspect of my work, I always look for something different, something new. Working with Richard Mille provided an opportunity to go where no one else has ever gone before. Mars, for instance. Creating is about shifting the perspective from which we look at things, that’s really the only difference, and with the RM 52-05, we’ve looked at Mars from a different angle, an unexpected first-person point of view. In doing so, we’re breaking the mold. We have the best timekeeper in the world. We have Mars. And we have an African-American man from Virginia, all connected,” he describes.
While Mr Williams brought his philosophy to the watch, Richard Middle came to the project with high-tech materials, state of the art technology and the skills of its engraver, enameler and painter.
“The technical innovations of the RM 52-05 Tourbillon calibre are mind-bendingly innovative. Equivalent to a space shuttle, the base plate that carries the movement is machined of grade 5 titanium through which it is possible to glimpse the grade 5 titanium bridges, skeletonised to evoke rocket launch platforms. It features large inserts in dazzling blue aventurine glass that evoke outer space and the confines of the universe with all its stars,” Richard Mille explains.
The watch face has a hand-painted astronaut’s helmet made from titanium, with the surface of Mars and the earth beyond it seemingly reflected in the visor.
The RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams will be produced in an edition of 30 pieces.