Under the name Prequell, he released a first and ambitious album recorded with the famed London Symphony Orchestra in 2017. As a conductor he is no stranger to spectacular events and in a single year, 2018, led a group of 80 musicians on the Seine River in front of the Eiffel Tower, followed by 40 musicians at the foot of the Forbidden City in Beijing. To celebrate 15 years of Ed Banger Records, Pedro Winter entrusted him with arranging and orchestrating songs by the label’s iconic artists, including Justice, Mr Oizo, Laurent Garnier and Breakbot… Thomas Roussel’s free thinking and creativity, like his ability to break away from the beaten path, could not but endear him to the Richard Mille brand, founded in 2001 with a determination to shatter the existing codes of Haute Horlogerie while promoting craftsmanship and extreme technicity. “The uncompromising standards and inventiveness of Richard Mille watches echo the rigour and imagination required for composing orchestral music,” notes Thomas Roussel. “But beyond this, we share the same notion of communicating passion and emotion, and the same desire to carve out new creative pathways.”
Their respective defences of a profoundly contemporary art form, unshackled and uncompromising, create a natural bond between Thomas Roussel and Richard Mille. They have in common a passion for contemporary art and artistic professions whose ceaseless invention is always anchored in great precision. Thomas Roussel’s entry into the Richard Mille family is fully in keeping with the brand’s commitment to contemporary creation—from its acquisition of the Éditions Cercle d’Art, founded with the support of Pablo Picasso, to its partnerships with Frieze, the leading contemporary art fair and with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.