Richard Mille is now considered one of the world's most avant-garde luxury watch brands, but its French-born founder has a fine appreciation for classics as well. In 2014 he founded the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille at the historic Chateau de Chantilly outside Paris, which combines concours for both concept cars and vintage icons including a Ferrari F1 car (below).
In the 2016 edition which just wrapped the Best of Show award for a concept went to Citroen's DS E-TENSE 400 hp electric beast (below), which might have had an edge being French. It beat out competition from the likes of Aston Martin, BMW, Bugatti, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz. and Rolls-Royce.
Each car was paired with a model sporting a creation from French famed fashion houses including Balmain, Giorgio Armani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Timothy Everest. The "Prix Public" chosen by attendees went to the stunning Mercedes-Maybach 6 Vision concept (below) just unveiled at Pebble Beach.
The prize for the best car and fashion combination went to the 570GT by McLaren Special Operations with accompanying model dressed by Jean-Paul Gaultier, while Rolls-Royce's Black Badge (below) looked the most menacingly cool.
The Concours d’Etat for classics was divided into 21 classes with Best of Show going to a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta with coachwork by Touring belonging to an American collector, John Shirley, though there was stiff competition from various vintage icons including an early Bugatti (below).
And adding to the pageantry at the event, which featured a special Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and a display of foxhunters on horseback was the Rally in which several of the most beautiful cars on display including a Lamborghini Miura and Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (below).
Of particular interest were the many classic competition cars painted in French racing colors including a Peugeot 504 Rally Group 4 which took home a prize as well presented by Jean Todt, president of the FIA, and a Ferrari Daytona (bottom).
All in all, a lot of gorgeousness to take in amplified by the famed elegance of the French and France. We're already getting in gear for next year....