RICHARD MILLE

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Brand Story -

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.

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