Richard Mille is a French watchmaker and the founder of the eponymous luxury timepiece brand. With the company based in Switzerland, his ideal holiday involves a well-deserved rest back at his family home in Brittany, on the rugged coast of northwestern France.
My favourite holiday location is my home, the Château de Monbouan, in Brittany. I’m not really there that much, so when I am, it is a time of privacy and calm. It is an 18th-century château, built in 1771, which belonged to the same family for generations before they sold it. My wife loves what we call paysan au femme historique furniture; it’s very original, a bit rustic. I didn’t want heavy furniture, so we decided to have something of a contrast, which works very well.
To relax, I have a nap, read or ride my bicycle. In Brittany, the roads are excellent for bicycles. But cars are my personal passion and I have my garages at the château. I love racing cars, such as Formula 1s from the 1970s. I have quite a few McLarens, Ferraris, BRMs and Brabhams — they are my babies.