FROM PARIS TO SAINTTROPEZ

A CEL­E­BRA­TION OF SPORT­ING AT­TI­TUDE, FEM­I­NIN­ITY, AND GLAM­OUR.

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Swiss watch brand Richard Mille ac­com­pa­nied the 18th Ral­lye des Princesses, a women-only rally that brought to­gether 90 crews from 12 coun­tries. The event cov­ered close to 1,600 kilo­me­ters of the most beau­ti­ful roads in France, start­ing from the Place Vendôme in Paris to the Place des Lices in Saint-Tropez.

The par­tic­i­pants headed first to­ward Saint-Aig­nan for a 350-kilo­me­ter stage that in­cluded four reg­u­lar­ity tests, which of­fered views of the Loiret, the coun­try­side around Bri­are, the In­dre dé­parte­ment, and Cher­avent. The fol­low­ing day, the con­tenders took the Route des Châteaux to the track at La Châtre, where they com­pleted a ded­i­cated reg­u­lar­ity test.

The long­est day of the rally in­cluded driv­ing through 430 kilo­me­ters of roads climb­ing as high as 1,860 me­ters around L’Alpe d’Huez, be­fore cross­ing the Hauts Plateaux du Ver­cors and the Gorges d’En­gins. The next day was marked by Alpine passes—five had to be crossed be­fore de­scend­ing to­ward the Côte d’Azur for a glimpse of the beaches at Man­delieu. The con­tenders then reached the Font du Broc château through Grasse, the home of per­fume, be­fore head­ing to the fin­ish line in Saint-Tropez.

The awards cer­e­mony was held on the Moorea beach in Ra­mat­uelle. Véronique Caste­lain and Stéphanie Wante, along with their Porsche 911 #81, claimed the vic­tory af­ter over­tak­ing the lead­ing crew near the very end. In the Clas­sic cat­e­gory re­served for more re­cent ve­hi­cles, the top spot went to Marion Lo­hio and Sabine Cy­bul­ski with their PGO Seven. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit richard­mille.com.

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