Pharrel Williams is a man of many talents and interests. Not only is he a pop hit maker, but he also has a keen interest in astrophysics. You can also add an interest in and a talent for horology now that his collaboration with Richard Mille has been revealed.
Williams originally shouted out to the brand in his 2006 song, “Can I Have It Like That.” Thirteen years later, the RM 52-05 Tourbillon from Richard Mille celebrates Williams’s fascination with space. “I’ve always been fascinated by looking up at the sky,” says Williams. “What could be more inspiring than all that ever was and all that ever will be? Space, before your eyes. It’s yours to see. It was here before the Earth, before this Solar System. It’ll be here after us and nothing’s more meaningful than that.”
More specifically than a general interest in space, the watch is tied directly to Williams’s childhood memories of the Mariner 9 Mars Orbiter.
True to Richard Mille style, the watch is painstakingly made by hand. It features titanium, white diamonds, black sapphires, and gold. The dial resembles the helmet of an astronaut, and in the visor you can see the reflection of the red planet’s surface. Looking at the case back, you’ll see even more detailed work, this time done in titanium alloy—a metal that is similar to those used in spacecraft construction. The case back also features blue aventurine glass that has tiny copper crystals, making it look like a field of stars.
The watch is built around a manual-winding tourbillon movement with a free sprung-balance with variable inertia. The crown is modeled to resemble a rocket capsule and has a rubber ring that looks like a Martian Rover tire. Only 30 examples of the watch will be made, with each being priced at $969,000.