Richard Mille

Hong Kong Tatler - - Watches -

WATCH­MAKER

BACK­GROUND

Richard Mille was nine years old when he took his first watch apart. At the time, he al­ready had a fascination for all things me­chan­i­cal, in­clud­ing watches, cars and air­craft. But it was when he be­came the CEO of a jew­ellery and watch company that he de­cided to start his own business. His frus­tra­tions at al­ways be­ing oc­cu­pied by num­bers, fi­nance and mar­ket­ing strate­gies in­stead of tech­nique be­came a com­pelling rea­son for his tak­ing the leap. While he wasn’t a watch­maker in a strict sense, he had a very clear idea of what a high-per­for­mance watch should be, and with the right part­ners he was able to set up his epony­mous brand.

BRAND PHI­LOS­O­PHY Richard Mille watches are strongly con­cep­tu­alised and highly tech­ni­cal in struc­ture, move­ment and ma­te­rial. Mille says that he spent a lot of time read­ing tech­ni­cal books re­lat­ing to watches, cars and air­craft which led him to vi­su­alise watches with a fo­cus on rar­ity, qual­ity and cre­ativ­ity.

DE­SIGN SIG­NA­TURE

One of the company’s re­leases for 2014 is the RM 36-01 Sébastien Loeb, named for the French rally driver. The watch is the first of its kind; it’s equipped with a G-force sen­sor, which mea­sures the force that race car driv­ers ex­pe­ri­ence at very high speeds. The 47.7mm ton­neau case comes in ex­tremely strong an­thracite poly­mer in­jected with car­bon nan­otube for the case mid­dle, and the rest in ti­ta­nium.

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