French Fi­nesse

Richard Mille brings glam­our, lux­ury, and power to the French coun­try­side

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rt and au­to­mo­biles re­cently came to­gether in the most glam­orous and lux­u­ri­ous way pos­si­ble in the coun­try­side of France. Chan­tilly played host to Richard Mille’s an­nual “Arts et Elé­gance Richard Mille”. Artists, per­form­ers and con­nois­seurs gath­ered at the Château de Chan­tilly to ap­pre­ci­ate vin­tage su­per­cars and art flown in es­pe­cially from the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York.

The week­end kicked off with the in­au­gu­ra­tion of an ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to Poussin’s world-renowned painting Le Mas­sacre des In­no­cents. Guests made their way to the ex­hi­bi­tion while be­ing ser­e­naded with per­for­mances of Chan­tilly’s most tal­ented singers and dancers. A stun­ning mise en scène of Dali’s Me­ta­mor­pho­sis of Nar­cis­sus was per­formed at the front of the es­tate, while a mov­ing ren­di­tion of “Hal­lelu­jah” was per­formed in the mu­seum in front of Pi­casso’s Charnier.

El­e­gance was found in abun­dance at the fourth edi­tion of the au­to­mo­bile con­test. Ninety clas­sic cars com­peted in the Con­cours d’etat rally, while close to 800 com­peted in

the Grand Prix des Club. The two ral­lies of the day saw rare and sporty su­per­cars race against the clock. Mclaren showed all in at­ten­dance the brand’s im­pres­sive range on the chal­leng­ing Morte­fontaine cir­cuit. There was also a dis­play of the most fa­mous elec­tric cars through­out au­to­mo­bile his­tory, in­clud­ing the Ja­mais- Con­tente 1899, and the avant-garde Porsche Mis­sion E, which boasted 600hp and a 500km range. This year’s “Arts et Elé­gance Richard Mille” was even more spe­cial as it co­in­cided with Fer­rari’s 70th an­niver­sary. Fer­rari dis­played 30 of its most gor­geous cre­ations, all of which have par­tic­i­pated in the 24 Hours of the Le Mans race, the world’s old­est ac­tive sports car race in en­durance rac­ing. Among 30 cars were the leg­endary Fer­rari 250 Testa Rossa and 250 GTO. The lawn upon which the cars were dis­played was de­signed by Le Nôtre him­self.

A slew of Richard Mille’s most em­i­nent part­ners and friends was spot­ted among the crowd over the week­end. Felipe Massa, Ro­main Gros­jean, Alain Prost, Jes­sica von Bre­dow-werndl, Di­dier Drogba, and Frédéric Saus­set were some of the big names spot­ted min­gling at the Richard Mille lounge. Guests were treated to sooth­ing French mu­sic from the Belle Epoque

On Sun­day, Mario Lurashi and his team put on a stun­ning eques­trian set to cap off an amaz­ing week­end. Jean Todt, FIA Pres­i­dent, then be­stowed hon­ours and prizes upon those with the best show­ing on the week­end. The in­cred­i­bly rare Bu­gatti 57 S At­lantic and Fer­arri 250 Testa Rossa took home the Best of Show awards in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories.

Once again, Richard Mille has seam­lessly com­bined art and el­e­gance with an un­for­get­table event. The bar was set high, and ex­cite­ment builds as we look for­ward to the next edi­tion.

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