Richard Mille, born in 1951, began his working life in 1974 at Finhor, a local watchmaker.
Finhor was purchased by Matra in 1981 and saw him rise to manage their watchmaking business. This companies watchmaking business was sold on to the Japanese watch brand Seiko.
Richard Mille left Seiko in 1992 to create a watchmaking division for Mauboussin, then just a jewellery firm.
Finally in 1999 Richard Mille decided to create his own brand of luxury watches with his friend Dominique Guenat, previously CEO of Valgine Watches.
In 2001, in collaboration with Audermars Piguet, they founded Richard Mille SA and produced their first piece, the RM001 Tourbillon.
In 2005 they produced their first ladies watch, the RM007.
At the end of 2018, the brand presents Richard Mille's first creation entirely supervised by a woman, the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman equipped with the new CRMT1 automatic caliber house
The brand's most famous models are the Tourbillon RM 008 [chronograph tourbillon] and the sapphire split seconds (chronograph tourbillon) RM 056. The RM 008 combines a tourbillon movement with manual winding, a chronograph split-seconds, a torque indicator, and a power reserve indicator. Claimed to be one of the most advanced watches in the world, it is priced from €500,000.
Since 2013, Richard Mille has been sponsoring the Lacoste Ladies Open Golf Women's Open.
Richard Mille and his friend Dominique Guenat, are passionate about old cars and racing, and they have become great collectors of racing cars and historic cars, which Richard drives and exhibits at trade shows, exhibitions and events partners.
Richard Mille has partnered and sponsored many sports stars across the globe, particularly in motor racing, even developing 3 special edition tourbillon watches with Formula One's Felipe Massa, the RM006, RM009 and the RM056.
Richard Mille has also had impressive sponsorship affiliations with other sports stars such as Tennis ace Rafael Nadal, golfer Bubba Watson and other notable racing drivers, Britain's Jenson Button, Spain's Fernando Alonso and the Frenchman Charles Leclerc.
Top movie stars Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone and Natalie Portman have also had association with the Richard Mille brand and for the Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh the RM051 was developed and called the Phoenix Michelle Yeoh and has a price tag of $900,000.
Richard Mille produces approx. 4000 pieces annually at an average selling price of $185,000. The most expensive being the RM56-02 Tourbillon at the staggering price of $2,000,000.