Each Richard Mille timepiece is a masterpiece of advanced technology, its numerous moving parts kept working in perfect harmony. Something not dissimilar goes on within our own bodies – but while Richard Mille’s expert horologists have mastered every aspect of how to keep one of the brand’s coveted watches working perfectly, our understanding of the mechanism that powers us, our brain, is far less developed. That’s why, since 2012, Richard Mille has been an enthusiastic supporter of the work of the Paris Brain Institute, a pioneering international scientific and medical research centre. STYLE Edit: Inside Richard Mille’s first in-house chronograph movement Located in Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, the centre brings together doctors, patients and entrepreneurs to conceive, test, execute and develop treatments that can help people with neurological conditions as quickly and effectively as possible. Supporting more than 700 researchers, it was founded in 2010 by professors Gérard Saillant, Yves Agid and Olivier Lyon-Caen, and is ranked second among 35 international institutions in the field of neurological research. Tourbillons: invented for accuracy, retained for their beauty With its unique model featuring a start-up incubator, it aims to develop personalised, preventive, participatory, predictive medical solutions to help treat some of the billion people worldwide who are affected by diseases of the brain. Among its achievements, it has developed a predictive model for the evolution of Alzheimer’s disease, performed groundbreaking deep brain stimulation to treat several neurological conditions, and explored improvements in medical imaging to help people with multiple sclerosis. STYLE Edit: Why Richard Mille’s RM 032 is Arnaud Jerald’s watch of choice “In terms of how well we understand the human brain, we are still in the Middle Ages,” says Saillant, who is also the institute’s president. “Thanks to technological advances, artificial intelligence, big data and the acceleration of nanotechnology, we are witnessing exponential progress in our understanding of how our brains work.” STYLE Edit: Richard Mille’s daring new RM 07-01 Coloured Ceramics collection Richard Mille first became involved when the watchmaker was approached about the institute by his friend Jean Todt, the president of motorsport’s governing body the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), who has supported it since the outset. In addition to the brand’s contributions, in 2019 Richard Mille himself made a personal commitment when he became a member of the Institute’s Campaign Committee, and this year, the brand also created the Richard Mille Donors’ Club to harness further support for this vital cause. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .