STYLE Edit: How Richard Mille masters its in-house creations, from the RM 037 Unisex Automatic to the RM 74-01 Automatic Tourbillon, in Switzerland
Combining their expertise, those facilities host Richard Mille’s parent company Horométrie, as well as Guenat S.A. Montres Valgine, a family company founded in 1900 and based in Les Breuleux since then, owned by the founder’s grandson Dominique Guenat, who co-founded Richard Mille in 1999. The facilities also include ProArt I and II, both opened within the past decade and home to Richard Mille’s state of the art operations, from movement and case manufacture to creative and craft work, across nearly 5,600 square metres of space.
The 30 designers and engineers who work there are constantly seeking to push the boundaries of horological engineering. With no technical or R&D budget limits placed on them, they are free to create a brand new watchmaking wonder each time, with virtually no standard parts and everything created from first principles.
As Richard Mille’s manufacture grows ever larger and its technology more sophisticated, the stream of constant innovations coming out of its Swiss home is only set to grow.
- The first in-house movement, CRMA1, has been followed in 2020 by the RM 72-01 with the first in-house Automatic Flyback Chronograph movement
- Les Breuleux is home to parent company Horométrie; Guenat S.A. Montres Valgine, founded by Dominique Guenat; and the ProArt I and II facilities