Richard Mille did not simply try to find his place in the watchmaking world – he carved one out for himself, constantly striving not to take anything for granted, and to make innovation and extreme technical prowess his driving forces.
Every Richard Mille timepiece is based on three tenets: the best of technology and innovation, a strong artistic and architectural dimension in a very comfortable watch and the very best of high-end watchmaking with hand finishing. The very origins of the brand are in Richard Mille’s desire to use in the world of watchmaking materials and technologies from cutting-edge sectors like Formula 1 and aerospace, with the aim of producing an extreme watch without compromise or artifice.
Like with today’s racing cars, function dictates form, without aesthetic artifice. For Richard Mille, each screw, pinion, lever and spring must bear its responsibility for the required security and precision.
Richard Mille timepieces are the visual embodiment of every detail and decision at every stage of its creation and production (even the screws used to fix the cases are the result of months of research and development work and investment, each requiring twenty different production steps). High-tech materials such as grade 5 titanium, Carbon TPT®, Quartz TPT® and titanium carbide find widespread use in the brand’s watches. Experimental research into innovative and sometimes revolutionary materials for specific technical applications in watchmaking has led to timepieces such as the RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal, the world’s lightest tourbillon watch at 18.83g, the RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal tourbillon that can resist shocks up to 10,000g and the high-performance RM 031 – a mechanical watch whose going rate varies between just 0 and 20 seconds per month.