Charles Dubouloz, Richard Mille’s first mountaineer!
- The up and coming star of French mountaineering
- Experiencing nature at its most raw and extreme
- He wears a RM 67-02 Automatic Extra Flat
Richard Mille is delighted to welcome the first mountaineer into the family. Charles Dubouloz is rapidly becoming the rising star of what is aptly called “alpinisme”
in his native France, scaling heights in all over the world – including new routes in such faraway places as the Nepalese Himalayas. He attracted widespread attention in January 2022 when he came to grips with the notorious “Rolling Stones”,
one of the most forbidding ascents in the Grandes Jorasses Mont Blanc massif in France. For 6 days, in a historic solo climb, hanging perilously on the treacherous North face in minus 20 temperatures, Charles was alone against rock and ice.
These were the Alps which watched him grow up in Annecy. What made him want to conquer them? The view? The challenge? Spiritual contemplation? “It was actually the need to channel some of my boundless energy! I like to push the cursor in everything I do. Mountains are the place where I can express myself,”
in a language remarkably similar to that of another member of the family, free-diver Arnaud Jerald. “Arnaud and I align ourselves to the vertical. At opposite ends of the spectrum, we both find osmosis with the elements at their most raw.”
“This is why I’m attracted to the Richard Mille brand. There’s something “extreme” about it. The watches are “extreme” like the elemental landscapes I express myself in. I connect to their unique creativity and their design geared up for sheer technical performance. Time is relative. One single moment can last forever, or a whole day disappears in an instant. I factor in fear. If there was no fear, mountaineering would be meaningless. Fear connects you to the “now”. The day I have no fear, I’ll stop climbing.”
is currently working on a documentary project to share his passion. Apart from competing solo, he is also a mountaineering guide. “Up on the mountain side we really are a team – we literally depend on each other to survive.”
Whether as a team-player or solo, Richard Mille is delighted to be by Charles’ side, and more literally on his wrist, when he scales new heights later this year in Pakistan or attempting a winter “trilogy”
in the French mountains. “On the mountainside, I seek the intensity I don’t get in horizontal life and only then, when I’m up there, I allow myself, just for a few seconds to take it all in and say: wow!”