In early 1999, Richard Mille and Dominique Guenat came up with a plan for creating the Richard Mille brand. They did this in collaboration with Guenat S.A. Montres Valgine and Audemars Piguet. 2 years later, they established the definitive plans for the company. While making these plans, they came up with a lot of innovative ideas for the watches. For example, they decided to use the technologies from formula 1 cars and airplanes in the design. This not only resolves in the watches being extremely sturdy it also makes for a unique design that no other company has. With these plans in mind, they started creating the watches.
After 3 years of working on different prototypes and inventing new technologies, they came out with their very first watch, the RM 001. This watch was shown in Basel, Switzerland at the watch and jewelry show. Here all aspects of the watch were shown, so one could see the unique design and the way that the watch functioned. Soon after, Richard Mille was seen among luxury and ultra-luxury watches. This was due to the use of top-class materials and the intricate technologies they use in these watches.