One can hardly think of a better way to spend five days than taking to the open roads of France in a vintage car. The Rallye des Princesses—The Princesses’ Rally—is a women-only regularity rally that brings together 90 teams from 12 countries to cover close to 1,600km of France’s beautiful countryside.
For the third consecutive year, Richard Mille is the lead partner of this uniquely glamorous sporting event that supports a good cause.
Departing from the prestigious Place Vendôme in Paris, participants will make their way to the iconic Place des Lices in Saint-Tropez. On the morning of the first day, participants set off on a 350km stage towards Saint-Aignan accompanied by the brilliant morning sunshine.
This stage will take participants through the Loiret, the countryside around Briare, the Indre département and Cheravent. The following day, participants make their way to the track at La Châtre by way of Route des Châteaux. Vichy is the last destination on the second leg, where participants will get to rest and prepare for the next leg.
The following 430km of roads will be the longest stretch of the rally, with some of the most unforgettable views. The roads climb as high as 1,860m, going around L’Alpe d’Huez before crossing the Hauts Plateaux du Vercors and the breathtaking Gorges d’Engins.
At least five alpine passes are what the participants have to look forward to on the penultimate day of the rally. After crossing the alpine passes, participants will make their descent toward the Côte d’Azur, where they can catch a glimpse of the beautiful beaches at Mandelieu.
The route will then take drivers through Grasse, the home of perfume, and then the Font du Broc Château. The finish line in Saint-Tropez will now be within sight.
A challenging week of driving is capped off by an awards ceremony on Moorea Beach in Ramatuelle. Femininity, glamour and a sporting attitude are the philosophies that Richard Mille and Rallye des Princesses share.
With each edition, the ties between the two become closer and more productive. Five Porsche 356s and one Porsche 911 were available for clients and friends of Richard Mille to take part in the event, and discover the magnificence of France’s most scenic roads.
While the Richard Mille brand is often known for its large masculine watches, the truth of the matter is that the brand brought out a ladies’ model early in its development and announced 2014 as the year of the woman.
The collection has been broadened extensively since then. All drivers and codrivers of the cars provided by Richard Mille get to wear a timepiece from the ladies’ collection for the duration of the race.
The 2017 edition of this race is organised in full support of Parti des Enfants, a collective of 20 associations dedicated to helping children fight rare diseases. To further show their support, three crews took part in the race under the banner of the Parti des Enfants.