Richard Mille just announced an exclusive sculpture featuring the Los Angeles-based duo Crude. Referring to the RM 52-05 Tourbillon Sapphire Pharrell Williams watch, the sculpture — called Distant Bliss — celebrates innovators who take risks by stepping out of their comfort zone.
The sculpture depicts a Pharrell-inspired astronaut holding three balloons upside down. “Calm and focused, he waits for the right moment to let go of everything that weighs him to finally go free into the universe,” explained Dimitri Mille and Samuel Katan. Each part of the work is handcrafted with details such as the transparency of the balloons and the astronaut’s backpack reflecting the sapphire crystal and tonneau-shaped case of the watch respectively.
Mark Landwehr explains: “With an astronaut on Mars looking back at Earth, the RM 52-05 is about this second kind of person, and when we started sculpting we knew we had to explore this theme further. Richard Mille and Pharrell are both pioneers who are constantly changing our understanding of what watches and music can be, so we’ve sculpted an explorer who finds himself in a world where gravity doesn’t quite make sense.To us, it’s a stretch about what it means to live up to expectations undermine the world by taking a leap into something unknown.”
Limited to 15 examples, each statue was donated to an owner of the RM 52-05.
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