In the last 1990s Richard Mille met Giulio Papi, one of the most talented watchmaker of our times and Director of Research and Development at Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi (APR&P), Audemars Piguet's high-end watch making division and decided to create his personal brand of luxury watches.
After managing the watch division at Matra, which was sold to Seiko, and spearheading Mauboussin's first watch campaigns, he set up his company in 2001. The objective was to pursue a new direction of watchmaking, the wristwatches of Richard Mille were from their very inception, extraordinary and uncompromising.
The first model is the tourbillon RM 001 followed by RM 002 – evolved from RM 001 but now with a torque indicator.
In 2005 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.
2007 marks an important date in the history of Richard Mille, it’s 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. Then in 2010 it’s the time of the RM 027 tourbillon, the world’s lightest mechanical wristwatches. Created for Rafael Nadal, who worn this watch during the victory at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.