Horometrie SA was established by Richard Mille and Dominique Guenat in 2001 in Les Breuleux, not far from the busy watchmaking centers La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle. That novel joint venture between two friends was later enlarged to also include Montres Valgine, a company originally founded by the Guenat family more than a century before.
ProArt, an ultra-contemporary 3,320 m2 building designed by the architectural agency Chavanne, represents yet another milestone in the ongoing development of the Richard Mille brand, further solidifying its future and providing full flexibility to product development and production.
With the environment as a fundamental concern, the Richard Mille watchmaking facility in Les Breuleux was the first in the Canton of Jura to be built utilizing geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Behind the creation of every timepiece, many hours of calculations and research are required to ensure the perfection that clients expect and deserve.
As a result of research conducted in the world of racing car technology and the methods applied to address forces at play on the racetrack, Richard Mille’s watches have undergone improvements in baseplate rigidity, in the energy transmission of the going train gear teeth, and the addition of greater flexibility to specific parts of the movement, providing supplementary shock resistance.
Once the movement has been assembled, it will again be thoroughly checked and reviewed by another watchmaker who is head of their department. Any number of details regarding the assembly process may come up in discussion with the watchmaker responsible for assembly, such as suggestions about possible future changes in the production process, this conversation can encompass literally anything that might bring possible advancements. This is part of a healthy work environment that promotes continuous improvement, and of a working methodology taken from the most modern of ISO norms used at Richard Mille Watches and their partners.
Based on a watchmaking tradition that goes back centuries, hand finishing makes each Richard Mille watch a unique piece with personal and individual care devoted to the slightest details.
This is exactly the type of finishing that determines the essential qualities that particularly distinguish high-end watchmaking from the rest, details which an expert eye will be able to recognize immediately, able to identify each technique used with a glance of the eye. Many other microscopic parts are beautifully machined using state of the art technology. A Richard Mille timepiece distinguishes itself by such care devotion to finishing the smallest details in combination with a technological view of 21st century watchmaking.
Following this, they are checked by a number of various machines with pre-programmed quality control criteria to ensure that each piece has been perfectly manufactured in accordance to the original calculations. A specialized data program tracks each of the spare part in a quality control process, assuring that all aspects of aesthetic and functional quality have been examined.
The final control testing assures that each timepiece runs perfectly and during this process each function of the watch will be tested 3 times. The specified power reserve will be tested to guarantee the watch has the correct power reserve capabilities. A great number of aesthetic criteria will be taken into consideration to ensure that the watch is beautifully finished; a number of these quality requirements are calculated to mere fractions of a millimeter. Mechanical watches may go through up to 50 or 60 different processes before the watch is considered to be as near to perfect as humanly possible before delivery.