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SEBASTIEN OGIER

ONE OF THE FINEST CAREERS IN RALLYING

At the age of just 32, this season the rally driver from Gap in France is driving the Volkswagen Polo R WRC wearing the RM 011 Titanium Flyback Chronograph. He boasts one of the finest careers in rallying, less than 10 years after his debut. When he landed behind the wheel of the 2006 Peugeot 206 Cup, Sébastien Ogier also met his co-driver Julien Ingrassia, who has remained at his side ever since. Sébastien finished as best rookie driver with a podium place and sixth place in the cup, which is a promotional rally race presenting real diversity by combining mud and asphalt legs. After winning the championship the following year, Sébastien Ogier was immediately recognized by the press and automobile professionals who agreed that he had a very bright future ahead of him, openly comparing him to another of the discipline’s great figures, Sébastien Loeb (Richard Mille partner since 2013).

ONE OF THE FINEST CAREERS IN RALLYING

ONE OF THE FINEST CAREERS IN RALLYING

At the age of just 32, this season the rally driver from Gap in France is driving the Volkswagen Polo R WRC wearing the RM 011 Titanium Flyback Chronograph. He boasts one of the finest careers in rallying, less than 10 years after his debut. When he landed behind the wheel of the 2006 Peugeot 206 Cup, Sébastien Ogier also met his co-driver Julien Ingrassia, who has remained at his side ever since. Sébastien finished as best rookie driver with a podium place and sixth place in the cup, which is a promotional rally race presenting real diversity by combining mud and asphalt legs. After winning the championship the following year, Sébastien Ogier was immediately recognized by the press and automobile professionals who agreed that he had a very bright future ahead of him, openly comparing him to another of the discipline’s great figures, Sébastien Loeb (Richard Mille partner since 2013).

AFFINITIES WITH WATCHMAKING

Richard Mille was put in contact with Sébastien Ogier by his friend Nicolas Todt. The affinities between the watchmaker and the driver can firstly be explained by their shared passion. Sébastien makes no attempt to hide his enthusiasm when he talks about Richard Mille: “He’s not just any watchmaker; he has a big reputation in the car racing world. Richard Mille is also enthusiastic about the field and has strong ties to it.” This is undoubtedly one of the reasons that made it possible for the brand to support the sportsman in his discipline. Sébastien Ogier admits, “I had never driven with a watch before because they’re not made for it. But as Rafael Nadal says, a Richard Mille is like a second skin! The fact that it is light gives me confidence. Being inside a rally car isn’t like an F1 cockpit where space is limited, so the size of the watch matters less than the comfort. In my field, you’re constantly fighting against the clock to gain a few tenths or even hundreds of a second. So the reliability of the chronograph is another decisive factor. I live life in the fast lane, so timing is important. I am therefore very lucky to have a watch partner like Richard Mille.” As for Richard Mille, the watchmaker was naturally won over by the sporting performance of the triple world champion and while he admires Sébastien’s career, he values his great humanity even more. The two men also share a competitive mindset which causes them to always strive for excellence in their respective disciplines – it’s a perfect match.

AFFINITIES WITH WATCHMAKING

4th World Rally Championship title

The 16th October 2016, he has joined an elite group of drivers to have claimed the World Rally Championship title four times.

"It's been a tough season but it's fantastic," said the Frenchman, who had led by 5.8 seconds on Sunday morning after retaking the lead on Saturday. "To be champion two rallies before the end again is great. I cannot do much more."

The victory was the 37th of Ogier's career.

4th World Rally Championship title

4th World Rally Championship title

The 16th October 2016, he has joined an elite group of drivers to have claimed the World Rally Championship title four times.

"It's been a tough season but it's fantastic," said the Frenchman, who had led by 5.8 seconds on Sunday morning after retaking the lead on Saturday. "To be champion two rallies before the end again is great. I cannot do much more."

The victory was the 37th of Ogier's career.

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