For the third con­sec­u­tive year, Richard Mille was lead part­ner of the 18th Rallye des Princesses. This rally brings for women driv­ers brought to­gether 90 crews from 12 coun­tries, who cov­ered close to 1,600 km along the most beau­ti­ful roads in France

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THE 18TH RALLYE DES PRINCESSES de­parted from the pres­ti­gious Place Vendôme in Paris to ar­rive five days later at the Place des Lices in Saint-Tropez. On Satur­day, May 27, the scru­ti­neer­ing day set the tone for the week: con­vivi­al­ity, sport­ing at­ti­tude and glam­our.

Promptly at 8.30am on Sun­day, May 28, the 180 par­tic­i­pants headed out to­ward Saint-Aig­nan in the bril­liant sun­shine for a 350 km stage that in­cluded four reg­u­lar­ity tests while dis­cov­er­ing the Loiret, the coun­try­side around Bri­are, the In­dre dé­parte­ment and Cher­avent. The fol­low­ing day, con­tenders took the Route des Châteaux to the track at La Châtre. Vichy was the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion for this sec­ond leg, and an op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare for the long­est day of the rally: 430 km of roads climb­ing as high as 1,860 me­tres around L’Alpe d’Huez be­fore cross­ing the Hauts Plateaux du Ver­cors and the breath-tak­ing Gorges d’En­gins.

The penul­ti­mate day was marked by Alpine passes. No less than five of these had to be crossed be­fore de­scend­ing to­ward the Côte d’Azur for a glimpse of the beau­ti­ful beaches at Man­delieu. Af­ter driv­ing through Grasse, the home of per­fume, the con­tenders reached the Font du Broc château be­fore head­ing to­wards the fin­ish line in Saint-Tropez. The awards cer­e­mony was held on Moorea beach in Ra­mat­uelle, cap­ping off a week of chal­leng­ing stages in op­ti­mal weather con­di­tions.

In the His­toric cat­e­gory, ev­ery­thing came down to the very last kilo­me­tres of the race. Al­though the Fer­rari 328 GTS #89 crewed by Na­dia Moreau and Valérie Dot had held onto the lead from day one, nav­i­ga­tion er­ror al­lowed the Porsche 911 #81 of Véronique Caste­lain and Stéphanie Wante to claim vic­tory. In the Clas­sic cat­e­gory, re­served for more re­cent ve­hi­cles, the top spot went to Mar­ion Lo­hio and Sabine Cy­bul­ski, aboard PGO Seven, af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the en­tire race.

Five Porsche 356 cars and one Porsche 911 were made avail­able to clients and friends of Richard Mille in or­der to dis­cover this event—which has be­come de rigueur for ladies who love au­to­mo­biles—each of whom wore a watch from the Richard Mille ladies’ col­lec­tion for the race.

It is also worth men­tion­ing that this year, the Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille once again sup­ported the Parti des En­fants, a col­lec­tive bring­ing to­gether some 20 as­so­ci­a­tions ded­i­cated to chil­dren suf­fer­ing from ill­ness, and that three crews took part in the com­pe­ti­tion un­der the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ban­ner.

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