ONE IN a Thou­sand

Richard Mille

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Watch­maker Richard Mille’s home in Brittany speaks of his many pas­sions, learns lau­ren tan

“The noise is just un­be­liev­able, isn’t it?” yells out Richard Mille in de­light, hands cov­er­ing his ears as a garage man­ager tweaks the en­gine of an F1 Ma­tra V12 raced by Henri Pescarolo in the late 1960s. “Look at him. He’s like a pi­anist or disc jockey,” says Mille of the ruckus-mak­ing engi­neer bent over cylin­ders and valves. If the en­tire vil­lage wasn’t al­ready awake this morn­ing, they now are.

Me­tres away in a con­verted barn on the grounds of his 18th-cen­tury chateau, dozens more race cars are parked. There’s Peter Gethin’s Yard­ley Team BRM from 1971, what looks like and prob­a­bly is Jim Clark’s 1965 South African Grand Prix-win­ning Lo­tus and a Jaguar E-type con­vert­ible among oth­ers. The hum­ble home garage might as well be a rac­ing mu­seum — some­thing that is per­fectly apt of man who dreams up “rac­ing ma­chines for the wrist” that are worn by the likes of Felipe Massa, Ro­main Gros­jean and Jean Todt.

What one doesn’t ex­pect, though, is a Richard Mille with a pen­chant for the iso­la­tion and qui­etude (when cars aren’t be­ing tuned) of the French coun­try­side. It was right about the time he founded his epony­mous lux­ury watch brand, that Mille also pur­chased Château de Mon­bouan in Brittany, four-and-a-half hours out­side of Paris. Ar­riv­ing at the château means first driv­ing through Mille’s ap­ple or­chard that is har­vested ev­ery Novem­ber for cider. The prop­erty’s re­main­ing 85 hectares com­prises wood­lands, streams and gar­dens.

LOV­INGLY REN­O­VATED OVER A DECADE, THE MAIN BUILD­ING LOOKS STRAIGHT OUT OF A MAG­A­ZINE WITH ITS AIRY AND INVIT­ING ROOMS AND ART­FULLY DIS­TRESSED FUR­NI­TURE

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