Pharrell Wore the World’s Thinnest Watch at His Newest Louis Vuitton Present


If you happen to have been one of the conspicuous vogue designers on the earth—to not point out additionally one of the conspicuous musicians on the earth—which watch would you put on to your newest menswear present in Paris?

For Louis Vuitton Males’s artistic director Pharrell, the reply was the RM UP-01—a.ok.a. the world’s thinnest mechanical watch. At Vuitton’s Western-themed Fall 2024 present on Tuesday, he paired the watch with a full-on Tombstone look: white cowboy hat, a yeehaw-ish LV belt, a white T-shirt, and rose-colored glasses. No stranger to Richard Mille, whom he first talked about in a tune again in 2006, Pharrell has been noticed over time with quite a few RMs—together with this killer, Mars-themed collaboration restricted to 30 items. (And, to be truthful, he’s worn this explicit watch earlier than.)

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Why is the RM UP-01 so particular? As we talked about, it’s the world’s thinnest mechanical watch, having kicked Bvlgari and its Octo Finissimo Extremely off the pedestal only a few months after that mannequin’s launch. (The Extremely, an unbelievable feat of engineering, measures 1.8mm, whereas the RM UP-01 is simply 1.75mm thick.) The neck-and-neck race to develop such a timepiece is nothing new—certainly, one may argue that it’s been in full swing for 70 years, with actions corresponding to Vacheron Constantin’s 1.64mm calibre 1003 courting to the Fifties. And far of Piaget’s focus is on ultrathin watchmaking, with its Altiplano Final Idea measuring 2mm thick.

However the RM UP-01 is extremely unconventional; if the Octo Finissimo Extremely no less than appears to be like like a wristwatch (albeit a wierd one), the RM UP-01 may simply be mistaken for one thing else completely. (Maybe some type of Star Trek-kian communication system? A prop devised for a Netflix sequence from the yr 2100?) Then once more, its motion has extra in widespread with that of your on a regular basis, run-of-the-mill ticker than it does with that of the Extremely: On the latter watch, the motion makes use of the again of the watch case as a baseplate, whereas the RM UP-01 incorporates a separate motion inside a separate case. Each stated caliber and the case are normal from Grade 5 titanium for stability and corrosion resistance—musts for a timepiece as skinny as a U.S. quarter and waterproof to solely 10 meters.

Trying on the entrance of the watch, you’ll discover a (moderately small) dial; a operate selector; a winding key socket; and the motion’s seen steadiness. Operate and winding require particular instruments—there’s no standard crown to spin like on most hand-wound watches. Regardless of its low water resistance and unbelievable thinness, the RM UP-01 is designed in live performance with Ferrari, which implies that it may well face up to a 5,000G shock. (If Pharrell slaps you whereas sporting it, haven’t any worry—the watch will probably be simply high quality.)

An insane feat of micromechanics, horology, and industrial design, the $1,888,000 RM UP-01, restricted to simply 150 items, couldn’t probably really feel extra applicable than on the wrist of the world’s best multi-hyphenate. A longtime Richard Mille proponent, it’s not a wholly stunning selection—however considered one of which we heartily approve.

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Kendall Jenner’s Cartier Baignoire

Cartier first launched a watch with an ovular case again in 1958, although it wasn’t till 1973 that it acquired the identify Baignoire—French for “bathtub.” Over the previous 50 years, the Baignoire has turn out to be “It lady” fare of the very best order, adorning the wrists of everybody from Catherine Deneuve to Kendall Jenner, who wore one on an identical gold bracelet at a Lakers sport this week. As of late, it’s inconceivable to make one’s means via the watch world with out listening to in-the-know stylists and editors wax poetic about them. (If you happen to comply with Cartier lore, you’ll word that it was a Baignoire that supposedly melted in a fiery automobile crash in 1967 and impressed the famed Crash mannequin—a narrative which the maison has neither confirmed nor denied.)

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Anthony Anderson’s Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier EON Gold

Trying dapper in a white dinner jacket, Anthony Anderson strapped on an attention grabbing Roger Dubuis to host the seventy fifth Primetime Emmy Awards this week. Measuring 42mm and that includes the skeletonized caliber RD720SQ, the Excalibur Monobalancier EON Gold is a powerful feat of watchmaking: Its motion was awarded the distinguished Poinçon de Genève, which assures that it was completed by hand and held to Geneva’s highest horological requirements. Obtainable in a number of iterations, Anderson’s piece incorporates a bezel set with spherical diamonds and is paired to a purple calf leather-based strap. Whereas not a watch {that a} traditionalist would count on to see paired with formalwear, the comic pulled it off with ease.

Will Ferrell’s Timex x Abu Garcia Camper

This man was by no means gonna play into our fingers together with his selection of crimson carpet wristwear. Certainly, although the comedy icon owns a bunch of extra standard “watch man” fare, he determined—in typical Ferrell vogue—to strap on a quartz-powered, ~$100 Timex Camper watch made in live performance with a Swedish-founded fishing firm, Abu Garcia. Restricted to the Japanese market, this 36mm, blacked-out watch incorporates a darkish dial and an identical material strap—which, all issues thought-about, labored like a appeal together with his blue velvet tux.

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Mark Ronson’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 1017 ALYX 9SM

, Superproducer Mark Ronson is an Audemars Piguet model ambassador who serves as a face for the maison’s APXMusic program. This week, he was noticed on the Critics’ Selection Awards dressed to the nines in a dapper three-piece swimsuit with none aside from the Royal Oak 1017 ALYX 9SM on his wrist. A part of a sequence of Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore fashions made in live performance with Alyx founder Matthew M. Williams, Ronson’s watch is a solid-gold, 37mm, time-only model of the watch with an identical bracelet and minimal branding on the dial. Additionally accessible as a chronograph, the gathering is available in varied sizes, metals, and costs—although you could must flip a Timex or two to cop the look, because the least costly mannequin begins at $73,500.