The Richard Mille brand is above all a human adventure – that of the man himself, Richard Mille, born in southern France and blessed with a consuming interest in mechanics. After studying marketing, his first professional experience sealed his destiny: he joined the watchmaking company Finhor as export manager, before becoming Director for all the firm’s watchmaking brands when Finhor was bought out by the Matra Group.
When Richard Mille joined Mauboussin in 1990 as CEO of the watchmaking division and Head of jewellery, his involvement with the process of designing watches was that of an acclaimed expert – and it was from then on that he developed his vision of modern watchmaking.
The history of Richard Mille’s firm is that of an audacious human endeavour. In 2001, with the support of the best Swiss movement manufacturers – and attentive to what enthusiastic retailers had to say – Mille decided to create his own brand, the first watch of which was the RM 001.
Right from the outset, Richard Mille embarked on a highly technical watchmaking route, with a renewed vision of watchmaking codes and a pronounced taste for challenge. The latter led him into contact with the world of sports, through which he developed a close understanding with very high-level athletes.
Keen to go beyond the traditional pattern for ambassadors, Richard Mille designs timepieces that personally involve each sportsperson who is a partner of the ‘RM Family’. They all wear their watches during competitions to test their performance in real time. Felipe Massa raced with the RM 006 tourbillon for two Grand Prix seasons. Rafael Nadal was wearing his RM 027 for his wins in 2010. And Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, one of the fastest men in the world, has been running with his RM on his wrist since the summer of 2012.
These references demonstrate the unwavering commitment of Richard Mille to designing outstanding timepieces that take innovation to its limits.