The History of Richard Mille
Though founded in 2001, Richard Mille’s origins track to a dream nurtured by friends, Richard Mille and Dominique Guenat. At the age of 50, Richard Mille decided to take a chance and follow his vision of creating a luxury watch brand to life. This vision of a new brand involved pushing the boundaries of luxury watchmaking, with a new perspective on horology and state-of-the-art technology alongside no limitations on production costs.
While it may seem like a jump of faith, this decision came after decades of consideration and experience within the world of luxury watches. After spending many years leading several of the world’s most elite watchmaking houses, Mille realized that there was no watch on the market that met his high standards for excellence. This meant that he would have to charge forth and create his own.
Alongside his partner, Richard Mille unveiled his pioneering first model, the RM 001 Tourbillon to the market. This timepiece combined the three elements most important to Mille: the best of cutting-edge technology, strong artistic and architectural dimension, and durability and ease of use with a sophisticated aesthetic. In addition, this timepiece, and every subsequent model within the Richard Mille archives , was meticulously crafted by hand, adding layers of luxury and excellence. The RM 001 Tourbillon, a masterpiece in design and craftsmanship, commanded a staggering six-figure price tag and was produced in a limited run of 17 pieces.
This innovative design led to several more successful models following, including the RM 002, which introduced the addition of a torque indicator, and the RM 0003, featuring a second-time zone. The RM 004 followed suit, showcasing an innovative split-second chronograph that celebrated the brand's dedication to high-performance engineering.
Following these initial successes, Richard Mille again changed the luxury watchmaking industry for the better, introducing the first-ever model to market with a carbon-fiber baseplate, the RM 006. Beloved within the aeronautical and racing industries, carbon fiber offered a lightweight and super durable construction that was resistant to extreme changes in temperature and pressure.
In 2004 and 2005, the brand introduced the RM 008 and the RM 007/RM 009, which marked the brand’s first collection for women. The RM 009 Even incorporated ALUSIC, an experimental used in satellite and spacecraft construction. A truly unique design was added to the Richard Mille archives in 2006, the RM 012. This spectacular timepiece featured a tubular design for a more three-dimensional appearance that still maintained its prestigious functionality.
Subsequent Richard Mille watch models maintained the brand’s commitments to technological advancements and innovative materials, sparking progress in both horology and watchmaking practices. Such models included the RM 11-03 McLaren, RM 022 AM CA, RM 40-01 McLaren Speedtail, and the RM 520-1 Skull Tourbillon. Richard Mille’s stature was further solidified through collaborations with celebrities and professional athletes, including the highly coveted 35-02 Rafael Nadal model.
To this day, Richard Mille remains among the most elite and highly sought-after luxury watch brands. With the spectacular designs and innovations that they’ve brought to the market thus far, it’s exciting to consider where the brand will take us next.
Top Used Richard Mille Watch Models
For the luxury watch connoisseur, there are many used Richard Mille watch models available on the market that are ideal for adding to any collection. Here are some of the most popular models to choose from:
- Richard Mille RM 001, No. 001
- Richard Mille RM 11-03 2018 McLaren
- Richard Mille RM 11-03 RG Flyback Chronograph
- Richard Mille RM 018 “Hommage a Boucheron”
- Richard Mille RM 018 Meteorite Watch
- Richard Mille RM 022 AM CA
- Richard Mille RM 027 AK-CA Prototype
- Richard Mille RM 030 42.7mm
- Richard Mille RM 35-02 Rafael Nadal
- Richard Mille RM 40-01 McLaren Speedtail
- Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren F1
- Richard Mille RM 52-01 Skull Tourbillon – “Vanitas Vanitatum”
- Richard Mille RM 056 Prototype No. 2
- Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph
- Richard Mille Richard Mille RM 67-02
- Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari
Richard Mille Watch Repair Services at Gray & Sons
Gray & Sons Jewelers specializes in Richard Mille watch repair. Richard Mille watches contain dozens of tiny moving parts all working in synchronicity to keep and display the proper time. When one of those parts isn’t working properly, it can throw off the entire internal system. Diagnosing and repairing your watch properly should only be handled by a certified master watchmaker like the watchmakers at Gray & Sons.
Richard Mille watches require periodic cleaning and an overhaul of the movement to make sure that the watch lasts for decades to come. Regular cleaning is essential for the longevity of Richard Mille watches, with recommended servicing every 3 to 5 years. At Gray & Sons, we’re more than happy to assist with any necessary cleanings or repairs needed to keep your cherished Richard Mille watch in the most pristine working condition. We are one of the few independent watch centers who can service the watch.
Gray & Sons Jewelers is an independent watch service center in the Miami area. Our Swiss-trained certified watchmakers specialized in Richard Mille watch repair and polishing, utilizing highly professional tools, parts, and equipment. We can restore your watch’s appearance to its near-original state, ensuring it looks and functions flawlessly. For more information on the Richard Mille watch repair and services that we provide, please reach out to us at any time and we’ll be happy to advise.
Why Trust Gray & Sons
Pre-owned and used Richard Mille watches are a wonderful investment for the present and the future, but only if you are purchasing from and using the repair services of a reputable source. At Gray & Sons Jewelers , we began as a brick-and-mortar shop in 1980 before rapidly expanding digitally through our website, internet platforms, and world-class print and digital catalog. We have worked to build our stellar reputation in both the international and local industry in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beaches, Florida areas, Miami Beach, West Palm Beach, Bal Harbour, Coral Gables, Aventura, Sunny Isles, and more. We take pride in our accomplishments, including being awarded an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and achieving good standing with the International Watch & Jewelry Guild. Our commitment to excellence has made us a world leader in dealing with used-certified pre-owned luxury watches and estate jewelry. If you’re looking for a trustworthy, reputable, and professional source for purchasing pre-owned jewelry, sourcing luxury watches, or servicing your treasured pieces, look no further than Gray & Sons Jewelers.