JCK Asks: What Makes Timepiece King Richard Mille Tick?

A few minutes with the engineer/artist/inventor behind the eponymous 17-year-old watch brand In an alternate universe, Richard Mille might not have gone into the watch business. “In my mind, I had three options,” he says. “Aircraft, cars, or watches.” Looking at his timepieces—each an inimitable, fantastically complex feat of artistry and technology—it’s hard to imagine Mille doing anything else. Still, he hasn’t strayed far from his original interests. The cutting-edge materials he employs, elements such as titanium and carbon, are “innovations directly drawn from the automotive and aerospace industries,” he says. The Paris-based Mille is particularly passionate about cars—especially “the golden age of motor racing, from the ’60s through the ’70s.” (Note the photo of him, below, in one of his vintage cars at the Chantilly Arts + Elegance Richard Mille Conc

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