After managing the watch division at Matra, which was sold to Seiko, and spearheading Mauboussin's first watch campaigns, Richard Mille set up his company in 2001.

From the outset, the brand applied a threefold philosophy: the sharpest cutting-edge technology, three-dimensional constructions shot through with pure mechanics, and hand-finishing. This strategy has never wavered, and the Richard Mille name has imposed itself with instantly recognisable timepieces at the forefront of innovation and openly inspired by racing cars and aeronautics.

Key dates

The Richard Mille Collection is officially launched. The first model is the tourbillon RM 001 followed by RM 002 – evolved from RM 001 but now with a torque indicator.

Richard Mille présente la RM 003, un tourbillon à double fuseau horaire.

The RM 004 split-second chronograph is launched.

Richard Mille completes the range with the automatic RM 005 with semi-instantaneous date-change, the tourbillon RM 006 (a limited edition of 20 pieces), introducing the first baseplate in carbon nanofiber and the RM 008 tourbillon chronograph.

Richard Mille introduces his first ladies’ watch, RM 007 and the RM 009 (25pieces), an experimental model in ALUSIC, a material frequently used in the construction of satellites and space stations.

A nautical partnership is developed with Perini Navi, leading manufacturers of luxury sailing yachts. The RM 014, the first Richard Mille watch to have a sea-faring interpretation, is presented during the Perini Navi Cup in Sardinia. In the same year, the RM 012, a tourbillon with a tubular architecture, minimalist structure and extreme manufacturing complexity, is introduced.

2007 marks an important date in the history of Richard Mille. The brand is now part of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. It is also the year when Richard Mille presents his new collection including the new shaped RM 016 in an extra flat case. The RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph also makes its debut along with the RM 015, reconfirming the brand’s presence in the nautical world. Richard Mille wins the golden hand at the GPHH 2007.

Richard Mille present 3 models, the RM 020 tourbillon pocket watch, the RM 018 “Hommage à Boucheron” and the RM 011 LMC Felipe Massa. Never prepared to just accept the past as it is, Richard Mille revisited, with the RM 020, that Golden Age of timekeepers in order to bring a thoroughly modern and improved reinterpretation of a classic ; a personal timekeeper that is ready to bring new impulses for today’s collector. In celebration of Boucheron’s founding in 1858, the most famous jeweller of the place Vendôme and Richard Mille have joined forces to create a unique timepiece,the RM 018 tourbillon wristwatch, representing a synthesis of Boucheron bejewelled savoir faire and the innovation of a 21th century watch brand. Presented in 2008 too, the RM 011 LMC Felipe Massa has been especially created for the Le Mans Classic race.

Richard Mille launches 12 watches: the RM 019 tourbillon, the RM 021 Aerodyne, the mixed watch RM 023, the RM 025 tourbillon diver’s watch, four watches All Gray (RM 002, RM 003, RM 004, RM 008), the RM 016 Titalyt®, the RM 004 and the RM 008 Felipe Massa and the RM 007 titalyt®.

Introduction of 3 models in the collection: the RM 022 tourbillon Aerodyne dual time zone, the RM 028 automatic diver’s watch and the RM 027 tourbillon, the world’s lightest mechanical wristwatches. Created for Rafael Nadal, this watch is worn by the tennis player when he wins the French Open at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Richard Mille presents 6 models, including 3 tourbillons : the RM 017 extra flat – first rectangular tourbillon in the brand history; the RM 026 -a high jewelry tourbillon in limited edition to 15 unique pieces-, and the RM 038 Bubba Watson, a sports timepiece created for the famous US golf player. The three others -the RM 029 with oversize date, the RM 030 with declutchable rotor and the extra flat RM 033- are automatic calibers.

Richard Mille makes a splash at the SIHH fair by presenting 6 new watches, including the RM 037 automatic and the RM 056 Tourbillon which comes in an all sapphire crystal case. He also introduces the RM 050 Tourbillon Felipe Massa, a limited edition of 10 pieces in carbon nanotubes; the RM 052 Skull and its spectacular skull shaped baseplate made of grade 5 titanium; the RM 053 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough created for the world number one polo player and the RM 057 Dragon Jackie Chan featuring a golden d are automatic calibers dragon which embraces the tourbillon cage. Later that year, the brand presents the RM 031 High Performance which reaches a chronometric variation of only 0 to 30 sec per month; the RM 039 Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph, first Richard Mille aviation watch, and the golf mechanical watch RM 055 Bubba Watson.

Richard Mille launches during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, 7 watches including the RM 036 Jean Todt G-Force, the RM 039 Aviation E6-B flyback chronograph, the RM 039, the RM 11-01 Roberto Mancini Flyback Chronograph, the RM 56 -01 Sapphire, the RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal, the RM 58-01 World Timer Jean Todt and the RM 59-01 Yohan Blake.