The R&D team constantly challenges the well-established principles of watchmaking, an obsession that is at the source of many of the major innovations that have marked the history of the brand.
The birth of a new product is always an achievement. But before this point is reached, its development passes through several stages. The creation of a new model is the result of real teamwork.
The watchmaking expertise of our teams, their desire to innovate and their creative approach to fine mechanics express themselves in horological components that are always wildly complex. They manage to tame them using the best technological processes in existence, the most precise machines and the most noble and beautiful materials.
Our R&D teams start from scratch every time: this is our greatest strength. Each new product is always genuinely fresh and different, but this involves questioning themselves every single day. And it is thanks to their personal investment, to the passionate flame that burns in each of them, that our watches go on to become embodiments of technology.
Once the concept is defined, the project takes up its position on the starting blocks, ready to be launched, unencumbered by budget limitations or technical constraints for the R&D office. The 30 designers and engineers working in the Richard Mille movement and case development office produce plans for the new products. The movement will be completely visible, nothing can be hidden. Every bridge, every line, every wheel must be aesthetically perfect.
The engineers start with a blank page and then transpose their ideas to CAD software to facilitate the process of design and development. Meanwhile, the choice of materials for machining bridges, baseplates and other parts is made according to the imperatives of each component. Since there are virtually no standard parts in a Richard Mille watch, everything must be contained within the codified final concept exemplifying Richard’s holistic approach to every detail. In this way, the exact dimensions of every screw used in the movement, each gear and detail down to the case, dial, glass and presentation of the final product are separately planned and defined.