For the next three seasons, luxury Swiss watch brand, Richard Mille, will remain the official timekeeper to the 20-year old Chantilly Polo Club which is described as one of the most important clubs in Europe. Following the announcement of the partnership extension, Richard Mille will be participating in the three major events of the 2016 season at the Chantilly Polo Club.
Richard Mille’s sojourn into the sport of kings began in 2011 with Argentine player, Pablo Mac Donough, who helped in the creation of RM 053 Tourbillon which features highly skeletonised plate ensuring the watch’s ultra-light movement is less affected by the centrifugal and centripetal forces generated during polo matches. Its special design made Mac Donough to be one of the very few polo players to wear a watch during competitions.
The Chantilly Polo Club on the other hand, was opened in 1996, becoming the actualization of the idea of French sports entrepreneur, billionaire and aristocrat, Patrick Guerrand-Hermès, who decided to set up France’s biggest polo club on the farmland belonged to the Institut de France at the time. Fast forward to 2016 when the club is now actively involved in several competitions including the May 22 historic match between France and Argentina among others. In line with the decision of Richard Mille to extend its timekeeping partnership with the Chantilly Polo Club, it would be keeping time for the periods of play (chukkas – a period of 7 minutes and 30 seconds into which each polo match is divided). It is also hosting polo clinics in conjunction with the polo club to introduce new golfers to the game and the RM 053.