Richard Mille

Plaza Watch International - - Sihh Special -

What is a last­ing mem­ory from any of the last 25 years of the SIHH?

Two years ago, we had ap­pointed a new head of the watch­mak­ing sec­tion at our fac­tory in Switzer­land, who by chance has the ex­act same name as the man­ager of Rafael Nadal who was vis­it­ing us at the show. He came to visit the SIHH and of course asked for his pass in or­der to en­ter. The guards told him that he al­ready picked up his pass, which sur­prised him. He was quite new and no one from our French of­fice had met him yet, so when they called my sec­re­tary to come down and clear up the mat­ter, she saw him and told the guards he was an im­poster try­ing to sneak inside! The guards were not amused of course… Any­way we all had a good laugh about it shortly after, when it was all cleared up.

What is your fa­vorite watch from any SIHH and why?

Lim­it­ing my choice to the SIHH only makes it more dif­fi­cult. It would have to be a toss-up be­tween my RM 052 Skull Tour­bil­lon and the Rafael Nadal RM 027, mainly be­cause of the ex­cep­tional re­sponse we had from peo­ple about those two pieces. It was like watch­ing a vol­canic erup­tion. Such emo­tional re­sponses from clients are very ful­fill­ing for me to see after all the hard work th­ese kind of cre­ations re­quire.

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