Becoming the official partner of the Circuit Paul Ricard is yet another demonstration of Richard Mille’s passion for motor racing.
Already present at major vintage sports car events such as the Le Mans Classic and Chantilly Arts & Elegance, and in pole position for innovation thanks to the brand’s involvement with Formula 1 teams and drivers, Richard Mille has now made its mark on one of the legendary temples of speed: the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Opened in 1970 at Le Castellet, in the Var region of France, the track has witnessed some of the most memorable clashes in the sport’s history. The French Formula 1 Grand Prix, Bol d’Or and countless mechanical tests on four and two wheels have helped to establish the Circuit Paul Ricard’s legendary status. A new chapter in its history began on 24 June 2018, when the Formula 1 World Championship returned to France.
Equally passionate about watchmaking and racing cars, fields where technical sophistication, performance and the pursuit of lightness are pushed to the extreme, Richard Mille has chosen to associate its name with the Circuit as an official watchmaking partner. The Richard Mille brand is visible alongside the race track, on video screens and on the track vehicle fleet, as well as throughout public, media and VIP areas. It will also adorn the vast Tour Chrono, a time tower specially erected at the entrance to the final straight opposite stands and main grandstands. Spectators will be able to keep pace with the thrills of motorsport by following the positions lap by lap, live on a giant screen, thanks to Richard Mille.
Stéphane Clair, Chief Executive of the Circuit Paul Ricard: ‘We are delighted to partner with Richard Mille and showcase our shared passions and values of technology, a pioneering spirit and motorsport. The Tour Chrono – whose design is a great success because it was created by the teams at Richard Mille – plays a key role at an internationally renowned track such as the Circuit Paul Ricard, because it provides live updates on positions and times, and a live stream of the race itself.’
Circuit Paul Ricard: An FIA Grade 1 international circuit with 167 possible configurations. 300 days of operation and 250,000 spectators in 2017. In 2018, it held 21 events open to the public, including the French Formula 1 Grand Prix.