Based in Switzerland’s Les Breuleux, the Richard Mille brand was established by its eponymous founder in 1999 with Audemars Piguet as one of its shareholders. The latter’s luxury watchmaking division, Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi makes some of Richard Mille’s most complicated movements. The brand’s first watch, the RM 001 Tourbillon, was launched in 2001.
Richard Mille’s watches combine technical innovation with architecture and artistry, with attention to details from the shape of the screws to the construction of the movement. The brand is also known for its many collaborations with sports personalities like Rafael Nadal, Felipe Massa and Bubba Watson, creating and naming timepieces for them.
In 2007, Richard Mille was awarded the prestigious ‘Aiguille d’Or’ award for the RM012, which was two years in the making. This revolutionary timepiece was the first ever with baseplate and bridges in steel and titanium tubes. The winding barrel, tourbillon case and going train were made with the aluminium alloy, Anticorodal 100 (AlMgSi1), selected for its corrosion resistance, strength and ability to absorb vibrations. The timepiece was created in a limited edition of 30 pieces.
Rafael Nadal, Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean, Sebastien Loeb, Sebastien Ogier, Bubba Watson, Cristie Kerr, Diana Luna, Yohan Blake, Roberto Mancini, Pablo Mac Donough, Michelle Yeoh, Benjamin Millepied, Alexis Pinturault
We are not exactly sure if Richard Mille is trying to play it fair, but its introduction of a new men’s and women’s creation apiece is certain to please all quarters.