Our Favorite French Event: Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille

Richard Mille, the renown french watchmaker, will be again the major host at this year’s Chantilly Arts & Elegance on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017 for a fourth elegant week-end in the countryside.

This event, the brainchild of Peter Auto, combining Concours d’Elegance, Concours d’Etat, Concours de Club and the French Art de Vivre has been held three times (2014, 2015 and 2016), and has conquered the general public as well as attracting participants from all over the world. It is now part of the three most prestigious rendezvous of its type and this year’s Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, the fourth, promises to be an even more spectacular event.

The marriage of the motor car of the future and fashion

France was the cradle of the Concours d’Elegance in the 1920s and the initiator of these very highlyvalued events in which exceptional cars for the era, often personalised by renowned coachbuilders, were on display accompanied by elegant women wearing the latest fashions created by the great names in French couture. One of the driving ambitions behind Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille was to revive this glorious epoch by inviting manufacturers and car stylists to display their latest concept cars, the interpretation of the make in question’s future vehicles, by associating them with models in the most beautiful outfits of the fashion houses in a unique parade that has received a rousing welcome from the public.

As a link between past, present and future of automotive world, Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille will host an event for supercars and ultracars from the 1980s until today.

This rally, held for the first time in 2016, attracted around 30 limited-production modern sports cars noted for their extreme performances.

Among these rare Supercars were Alfa Romeo 8Cs, Aston Martin DB7 Zagatos, BMW i8s, Bugatti EB110s and Veyrons, Ferrari Enzo, FF, F40, F50 and 288 GTOs, Ford GTs, Gumpert Apollos, Lamborghini Diablos and Gallardos, McLaren P1 GTRs, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLarens, Pagani Zondas and Porsche Carrera GTs and 918s. These exceptional machines were a big hit with the many spectators who lined the route as the cars made their way to the Mortefontaine private circuit where they were able to go flat out. Given their success with the public they will occupy a special place the next day on the Le Nôtre lawns in the chateau’s domain. As in 2016 the visitors may be able to see 10 Bugatti Veyrons lined up in one place!

The owners who are entered for the Concours d’Etat the next day will take part in this rally at the wheel of the Most Beautiful Cars in the World. On the day’s programme is a journey of around 100 km through the luxuriant local forests and the neighbouring regional natural park packed with remarkable historic trees. It will also provide the collectors with the opportunity to discover the many historic monuments in the region before meeting up for lunch in a carefully chosen restaurant.

Report by richardmille.com