Richard Mille x WatchAnish at Arts & Elegance in Chantilly
This post is probably most suitable to read on a weekend, when you would not have to think of work for a while and would be able join us on the road to enlightenment… To Chantilly, France that is – where Richard Mille hosted, organised and recreated an event called ‘Arts & Elegance’. Recreated because that event was dead for over 80 years, and this September with the help of Richard Mille was brought back to life. However to someone who would not have that information it would seem that ‘Arts & Elegance’ is just a regular everyday activity for the brand – that is how flawless it went! Everything from checking in at the ‘Intercontinental’ hotel in Paris to the dinners, the show and the award ceremony was thought through and it was obvious that both media representatives and the collectors or guests who showed up had a great time that weekend.
The actual event started on a Sunday morning, when we hit the venue and tons of rare vintage cars were already waiting for us. Many guests had arrived early to get the best spots for their automobiles and we decided to get right to picture taking and filming before there were too many people surrounding each car We also took the awesome RM033 that and managed to get some nice wristshots with cars worth well over a million $ each.
Speaking of those cars one of them was presented in a separate ‘parking box’ – that was the talked about Bugatti Type 41 ‘Royale’ Coupe Napoleon from 1930! Straight eight-cylinder with a capacity of 12763 cc it belongs to ‘cite de l’Automobile de Mulhouse Collection Schumpf’, and is worth over 6 million $. This extremely rare (correct me if I’m wrong but I think it’s unique) model was not even taking part in the competition.
Other great Bugatti cars were participating though, and we picked a couple of our favourites, not to overload you with photos and information.
Of course Bugatti was not the only brand with some extremely rare and fine models, I was blown away by the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato dated 1960 and owned today by Peter Come. One of the jurors who I had a pleasure of talking to while viewing the cars told me it is worth over 20 million $ as it is the best of its kind (insert amazeballs emoji) ! Some other impressive models included a prototype Daimler Benz ‘C 111-II’ from 1975, a Mercedes Benz 380 Roadster dated year 1933, a Delahaye 135 M or a 1972 Maserati Boomerang…
As my friend Philip (@heartandcrown) told me – cars back then had much more emotion. And honestly, I have to agree with him, especially after looking at a couple of cars owned by mr. Richard Mille himself: a Porsche 907 from 1968 and an Alfa Romeo T33/2 from that same year.
However I am a sucker for everything new and futuristic, especially in the worlds of cars and horology – that’s why I simply could not ignore the presence of the automotive giants of today, some of which I have never even seen live (like the McLaren P1 GTR or Porsche 918 Spyder)!
The vintage cars I’ve already mentioned were all meant to be exhibited, however some of the guests showed up in vehicles not one bit less impressive! My personal favourite being the SL300 that was just parked near the hot air balloon.
And while team Richard Mille and some of our friends from the press had lunch in a closed terrace with live piano music most of the guests preferred to stay close to their cars and enjoy a nice weekend picnic; some rather visibly while others more subtle and discreet
As we were invited to the event by Richard Mille we had a great chance to shoot some of their awesome pieces for gents as well as for ladies. Our friend Kristian Haagen helped us model the RM011 ‘Lotus F1 Team’ made out of a special type of carbon called ‘NTPT’, while his beautiful girlfriend wore the RM016.
After we shot these pieces our photographers went out watchspotting at the event. Not surprisingly there were quite a few Richard Mille models among some other brands. Unfortunately, Adam (our photographer) wasn’t next to me when Philip and I were standing next to a Japanese gentleman wearing the original full sapphire crystal case RM056 worth over a million euros on his wrist… But I did manage to get his permission and snap a pic on my phone
The show itself as well as the award ceremony were mesmerising and very interesting to watch – it felt as if we were thrown back to 1920’s as the horsemen performed some close-to-impossible tricks and cars, all from different periods of the XXth century were driving around making loud sounds and fantastic impressions.
The event was almost over, my shoe soles were dead and so were my feet (bad choice of footwear as usual), however the amount of positive emotions and memories made outweighed those points greatly, and on my way back to the airport all I could think was ‘One day I want to participate in an event like that and showcase my vintage car next to my RM056!’ Hope you had a good time reading the post and will have an even better time spending this weekend outside enjoying what’s left of the sunny weather (at least here, in Geneva).
Photography and Videography by Adam Priscak & Harriette Nero Goc-Ong for WatchAnish.com