Richard Mille founded his eponymous watch brand in 1999. He had worked in the watch industry at a number of French watchmaking firms before launching his own brand. The first Richard Mille watch was launched in the year 2001 in a limited series of just 17 pieces and was called the RM 001 Tourbillon.
Mille is famous for insisting that his sports ambassadors wear their watch during their sports, and that includes the likes of Rafael Nadal who hits a tennis ball with a force that would kill most watches!
Five interesting facts about Richard Mille
- Richard Mille carved a model of his first watch idea out of a bar of soap.
- Richard Mille didn’t start his own watch business until he was about 50 years old. He had the vision to push watchmaking into something that had not been done before, with a new contemporary approach, bringing him almost overnight success.
- Each Richard Mille collection has a number, but they weren’t all released in chronological order, as some took longer in development than others.
- Richard Mille watches are among some of the most expensive in the world with prices often going way up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- Richard Mille partnered with Dominique Guenat, owner of Guenat SA Montres Valgine, who helped him make his dream of making his own watch come true.
Brand ID Card
Company status: Independent company
– Richard Mille, President
– Dominique Guenat, Co-President
Number of employees: Around 170
Flagship collections: All 70 collections
– RM 11-03
– RM 33-02 Automatic Winding
– RM 07-01 Automatic Winding in ceramic
– RM 67-01 Automatic Winding Extra Flat
– RM 72-01 Automatic Winding Lifestyle Flyback Chronograph
Retail prices in USD: From USD 84,500 to 2,225,000
Annual production: Around 5,200 pieces in 2019