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. Horometrie and Valgine would now combine their efforts and expertise in terms of the development, production and distribution of Richard Mille watches worldwide. A new part of the Richard Mille Group, a watch casemaking factory, ProArt SA, opened in April 2013.
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.
When Richard Mille embarks on the development of a new creation, his procedure is uncompromising: at each key moment in the design process, when a choice has to be made, preference will inexorably be given to the solution that is technically the best, to the one that is most in tune with the concept being explored, independent of all other considerations, particularly those concerning financial ramifications.
The unique character and essence of a Richard Mille watch lies not only in its high mechanical complexity, visual design and ergonomic fit, but also the handcrafted finishing and polishing by specialists who imbue each part with perfection through the application of tremendous patience, keen eyesight and deft handwork. 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. These myriad finishing operations are the very essence of a little-known art, hidden within the heart of the movement and the case of the watch, representing the excellence and quality of high-end watchmaking. A large number of Richard Mille parts such as screws, bridges, tourbillon cages, winding barrel covers, springs, hands and numerous other parts including the watch case are finished and decorated by hand. 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.