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Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch

Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

Richard Mille’s latest release, the RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams, is one of the most dramatic examples of the brand’s artistry in recent years. Produced in partnership with award-winning singer, songwriter, and music producer Pharrell Williams, the new piece takes inspiration from Williams’ lifelong fascination with space travel through an exquisitely detailed design based around the planet Mars. The decorative bridge covering the majority of the dial is the obvious attention-grabber, another titanium piece hand-painted in white and shaped like the helmet of an astronaut. Even more impressive, the topography of the Martian landscape is accurate, depicting the Mariner Valley where the first-ever Mars probe touched down.

Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

Richard Mille’s signature 42.35-millimeter tonneau-style case design is the basis for the RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams, with its blocky overall shape and hex screws surrounding the bezel, but the details of the case are what begin to set this piece apart. The bezel and caseback are made from metallic brown Cermet, an advanced hybrid of titanium and ceramic materials, while the inner sandwiched layer is comprised of carbon TPT, a layered carbon fiber material that has seen extensive use in aerospace. Furthering the spacefaring theme is the crown, with an intricate design that mimics the wheel of a Mars rover.

Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

Like many Richard Mille releases, the RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams features a skeleton dial design, but it’s cleverly hidden by layers of decoration. The main movement plate and bridges are forged from Grade 5 titanium and decorated with slabs of finished aventurine, giving the appearance of a field of stars on the deep blue backdrop of space.

Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

On the sides of the helmet, at 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock, there are two inlaid black sapphires and four inlaid diamonds to create the helmet cameras and floodlights. The visor of this decorative helmet displays a view of the surface of Mars with Earth in the background. The visor is made from a single piece of red gold, hand-engraved in a process of 15 hours then grand-feu enameled and hand-painted by artisan Pierre-Alain Lozeron over 24 hours of intensive work. The resulting finish, with its multiple gradients, required substantial changes to the traditional grand-feu enameling process, taking the art form to its technical extreme.  Overlaid on this incredibly executed bridge is a set of intricately designed and space-inspired ladder hands.

Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

While the incredible artistry of the decorative bridge dominates the view of the dial, the tourbillon escapement itself is rather tucked away, only half emerging out from underneath. The intricate complication still receives a prominent position at 6 o’clock but is not made the focus of attention as in many tourbillon-equipped designs.

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Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

While the artistry of the dial is immediately striking at first glance, the craft and technical expertise of the movement in the RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams is equally impressive. The manually wound Caliber RM 52-05 movement includes a free-sprung balance with variable inertia, a faster rotating barrel for increased accuracy, a barrel pawl with progressive recoil, pinion and winding barrel teeth with a central involute profile, and spline screws forged from grade 5 titanium. This high-tech approach allows for incredible accuracy, coupled with a 42-hour power reserve.

Richard Mille finishes off the RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams with the signature RM rubber strap in a suitably Martian medium orange.

Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

With only 30 watches produced, the RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams will only make it in the hands of a few collectors. With its advancements in craftsmanship, technology, and design, the watch also commands an equally astronomical price with a recommended retail value of $969,000, available now on the brand’s website.

Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

Richard Mille RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams Limited-Edition Collaboration Watch Watch Releases

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  • Steve_Macklevore

    I like this site very much.

    But the relentless promotion of the most cynical watch manufacturer in the world gets irritating after a while.

    • ray h.

      Seems to me he is one of the most optimistic watch makers in the world,by price anyway.

    • SuperStrapper

      translation: stop liking things I don’t like.

      Let it be known that you voluntarily clicked on this article knowing full well the watch it was discussing. Next time just don’t click.

      • Berndt Norten

        I don’t see it that way. I like a few of Mille’s watches. Some of them are spectacular. Most are a tired variation on one theme. Remember Sauron’s Eye? That was a real gem.

        In any case, I think that it’s the pricing that Steve is getting at. The marketing, the myths about how revolutionary the materials are, etc. That’s the cynicism. The willful taking of people for fools–knowing he can do it. It’s not that the customer is wrong. It’s not that the critics like Steve are saying ‘you have no right to like that watch.’ It’s more a case of cold, calculated cynicism: RM realized that there are lots of people with more money than sense. RM set out to create watches for them. Serious collectors seek PP, AP, VC, etc. These houses maintain at least a thin link between costs and price.

        The cynicism involves this: pricing a watch that cost 10k to make at a markup of 100 times. When you do that, you know exactly what you’re doing. It flies in the face of all other brand strategies. That 50k PP probably also cost 10k to make.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Last time i looked at space it was dark. Anyhoo, Just think of the level of colabarations from a group of very talented people, and this is what thet come up with.
    Well we know Pharrell Williams will get one as a wee present, I wonder what will happen to the other 29.

    • I’ll tell you a little secret Mr. Raymond. Many years ago, I met a retired professional football player at a TV station who use to play for Liverpool and Manchester United in the English Premier League.He was invited to Malaysia as a football guest pundit for the Astro Sports Channel. I got his autograph and noticed he was wearing a Hublot but I don’t remember the exact model. Anyways I asked him whether he knew any players who actually buy watches named after themselves and how many watches do they actually own . He replied some of the English Premier League highest paid football players not only buy a few of the same expensive model from a particular watchmaker brand but go on a spending spree purchasing other High End Swiss luxury watches (His name, other watch ambassadors etc, it doesn’t matter) like there’s no tomorrow! They treat those watches like a bunch of Seikos and G Shocks.

      During the UEFA Champions League and Europa league tournaments, players are on a hectic schedule, travelling all over Europe, sometimes to the Middle East. Sure nightlife can get pretty boring and lonely when you’re away (That’s not always true of course ) from your family. So during their spare time, these group of guys play card games and gamble not only in their hotel rooms but during train journeys using these 5/6 figure watches as Poker chips or Casino tokens!!! You get the big picture!

  • SuperStrapper

    30 pieces? Wow. I would have thought this piece unique, or maybe +/-5 units.

    • Swiss_Cheese

      My guess is Pharrell probably pockets one or two, there’s probably some kind of Mille vault that gets one, 5 or so go to billionaire housewives who really really enjoyed the song ‘Happy’. The remaining 20 probably end up as some kind of semi-permanent storefront display at the ADs.

  • CW

    Enough already.

  • Carmen Brisante

    One to admire for the technology rather than the artistry. A shame, as I love enamel and aventurine. Looks very fat, too. I can’t take anything associated with Mr “New Masculinity” seriously.

  • Mikita

    Why not $564357457457? Or $1065659456? Who cares.

  • dr3

    I’m sorry but that enamel work is just terrible. Is that meant to be Earth in the sky? And those ‘stars’ just look jarring.

  • Simonh

    The world has gone truly mad!

  • Independent_George

    I am starting to warm to Mille. Not this model, or the prices, but Mille in general. It’s a shame that really only Mille and Franck Muller regularly utilize tonneau-style cases.

  • ProJ

    Nice watch. Just a little too expensive for my tastes. I mean my wallet.

  • mwc5k

    I love the design, first time I’ve said that about the brand.

  • Ivie Godwin Amadin

    Life is calibrated in time… Buying good watches is like buying life.

    Ivie Amadin

  • Berndt Norten

    I love capitalism as much as Yacob Smirnoff loves America!?

    You make good points. I guess it’s a matter of degree.

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