With a brand like Richard Mille doing such audacious things, you would be right to expect founder, Richard Mille himself, to be a man of similar qualities. With no formal training in watchmaking, engineering or the sciences, he is just a man who is, in his own words, obsessed with mechanical devices. And these devices include cars, watches and planes.
Richard Mille was about 50 when he decided to create his own brand and the first step he took was to carve a prototype—would you believe it—from a bar of soap. The RM 001 Tourbillon was the first watch out of his fledgling brand, and when it was launched, the press heralded it as the “dawn of a new era in watchmaking, a revolution”. Since then, Richard Mille’s philosophy of combining the best technical innovation, the best of artistry and architecture, the best of the heritage and the culture of fine watchmaking with hand finishing lives on in his watches.
These days, the founder of the multi-million euro watch company usually jets from golf and tennis tournaments to regattas where the brand is title sponsor, yet he still finds the time to race his vintage Formula One car in Le Mans Classic.