Swiss horologer Richard Mille once again proved its ardor for high art. The label’s 4th edition of “Art et Elegance Richard Mille” stunned with its lavish display of famed paintings, arresting performances and impressive vintage automobiles.
In early September, “Art et Elegance Richard Mille” swept the picturesque Chateau de Chantilly in France in a fete of refinement. The two-day event commenced with the inauguration of an exhibition dedicated to prominent French Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin’s “Le Massacre des Innocents.”
Bringing to life the vision of artistic director Mélanie Treton-Monceyron, artistes capered around the park of the chateau, leading guests to a captivating, plain-air mise-en-scene of “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” by Salvador Dali.
Inside the chateau a moving rendition of “Hallelujah” swayed in front of Piccasso’s “Charnier,” which draws inspiration from Poussin’s original. Richard Mille brought “Charnier” to Chantilly from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
While the exhibition astounded with its lavish assembly, the automobile contest, which attracted some 16,000 visitors, did not splutter behind. Two races – Concours d’Etat and Grand Prix des Clubs – gathered hundreds of classic as well as ultra-modern cars. Among the highlights was the renowned 1899’s Jamais-Contente, the first vehicle to ever reach 100km/hr (62 miles/hr), as well as the avant-garde Porche Mission E. The legendary Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was also present alongside a 250 GTO, a 512 S Spyder, a 312 P and a 330 P4 – a nod to Ferrari’s 70th anniversary this year. The array of retro vehicles shared the audience’s attention with a slew of sports supercars, including a jaw-dropping range by British automaker McLaren.
Throughout the event, the dedicated Richard Mille lounge provided a spot for relaxation for a slew of brand partners and friends such as Mutaz Barshim, Felipe Massa and Didier Drogba to name but a few.
The last day of “Art et Elegance Richard Mille” saw an equestrian show by French stunt performer Mario Luraschi and his team, which gave way to a car award ceremony.
“Never has art and elegance come together in such a stunning way,” Richard Mille extoled.