Raffael Nadal: Watch. Set. Match.

When it comes to the performance of a watch worn by Rafael Nadal during an important tennis match, there’s really not much more to say. Be that as it may, there are still a few things that Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille EMEA, can tell us about it.
Text Matthias Mederer
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Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille EMEA, actually doesn’t need a watch to get up in the morning. “I’m an early riser. I start my day long before other people wake up. And I love those early morning hours.”

Richard Mille and his business partner Dominique Guenat founded the watch brand Richard Mille twenty-one years ago. They both shared a pronounced passion for watches, racing and cars, so it was only natural for them to focus on functionality, performance and experimentation. To this day, this commitment is taken very seriously at Richard Mille. So seriously, in fact, that in the end even Rafael Nadal agreed to wear a Richard Mille on his wrist during a Grand Slam final. “As a young brand, we respect the savoir-faire tradition of watchmaking and combine it with twenty-first century innovation,” says Harrison. Richard Mille goes the distance, especially in the area of materials research. A collaboration with McLaren, for example, resulted in the RM 50-03, the lightest tourbillon chronograph ever produced, thanks to the use of carbon fiber composites. Personally, Harrison wears an RM 004 All Gray. “An icon with, in my opinion, perfect proportions.”

Peter Harrison has been with Richard Mille from the beginning. “I helped take the brand from idea to concept to reality. I developed a distribution network and today I’m directly responsible for sales, the brand, distribution and, of course, employees and clients.” More than a hundred people now work for Richard Mille in fifteen countries. The company’s growth and development is guided by the same commitment to performance as the products themselves. “I think of countless things at the same time, and there are no days that begin and end in the office. I always want to be one step ahead.” To help him maintain a healthy balance, Harrison has his family. It’s where he can turn off, reflect, think things over. “Live, laugh and be merry,” as the English say.

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