Upcoming: Concours d’Elégance Suisse 2018

Melvyn Teillol-Foo

Concours d’Elégance Suisse © michael furman

The Summer season is nigh upon us and a spate of outdoors events have been announced.

Following the two preceding editions, Mathias Doutreleau, founder of the Concours d’Elégance Suisse, is organizing a third event on the theme: “From Modernity to Design” that will take place from 22nd – 24th June 2018, in the exquisite setting of the grounds of the Château de Coppet, historic home of Madame de Staël, offering a panoramic view of the Mont-Blanc and Lake Geneva.

Concours d’Elégance Suisse © benjamin

Flushed with success at catching two freshly signed new partnerships with Julius Bär Private Bank and the watch manufacturer Breitling, the Concours d’Elégance affirms its desire to occupy a leading position in the international arena.

Concours d’Elégance Suisse © benjamin

The Concours d’Elégance Suisse will display a selection of spectacular classic automobiles rarely seen in public. On this occasion, the “Future Classics” from 1970 to 1985 will be featured as an official concours class.

Audi Gentlemans Racer © Mikael Lugnegård

The Concours d’Elégance Suisse will also pay tribute to precision engineering, a worthy ambassador of Swiss expertise, with an exceptional exhibition of fine timepieces from Breitling.
Georges Kern, CEO Breitling, shares his vision of the partnership: “We are proud to be the official partner of the Concours d’Elegance Suisse, which celebrates – with unrivalled passion – the legacy of the golden age of automobiles. It’s an ideal partnership: like Breitling’s timepieces, every car displayed at the Concours tells a truly unique story.”

Furthermore, the Concours d’Elégance Suisse will hold exhibitions of masterpieces from artists and artisans themed on the Automobile, offer the opportunity to test-drive the latest models of the event’s automotive sponsors (Rolls Royce), and to complement the “art de vivre” of classic cars, there will be a Culinary Pavilion where you can sample gourmet food specialties and meet up with friends for drinks.

Gabriele Odone, Head Private Banking Geneva at Julius Bär, explains the essentials that link the two entities: “The Concours d’Elégance Suisse celebrates the expertise, passion and constant quest for innovation that has existed since the time of the automobile trailblazers. Julius Bär is delighted to support this event with which we share a certain vision of excellence and attachment to this heritage, the foundation of all future progress.”

Location and Schedule

The Concours d’Elégance Suisse is located 15 minutes from Geneva and 30 minutes from Lausanne

•Friday: Tour d’Elégance including lunch and the Concours’ inaugural party on the lawn
•Saturday: Concours preview including lunch at the Château, opening to the public at 12pm and the traditional Owner’s Dinner in the evening
•Sunday: Concours d’Elégance and Award Ceremony
•Annual Theme: 1920 – 1939: From Design to Modernity
•60th anniversary of the Aston Martin DB4 and of the Ferrari 250 GT Coupé PininFarina
•40th anniversary of the Paris-Dakar Rally
•Ten other classes will celebrate automobiles from 1920 to 1985.
•Jury composed of members of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group


Concours d’Elégance Suisse © michael furman

Friday 22nd June
9:00 am – Start of the Tour d’Elégance in front of the Château de Coppet for a 70km leisure drive
12:00 pm – Tour d’Elégance lunch at a surprise location…
5:00 pm – Tour d’Elégance Finish Line and set-up of the cars on the concours lawn
6:00 pm – Concours d’Elégance inaugural party

Saturday 23rd June
9:00 am – Concours lawn opens to entrants, invited guests and media for the preview
10:00 am – Judging of the concours cars (all day)
12:00 am – Opening ceremony of the Concours
12:00 pm – Lunch served in the Culinary Pavilion with Champagne Drapier and a selection of the region’s finest wineries
3:00 pm – Traditional Afternoon Tea, served by Hôtel d’Angleterre
5:00 pm – Closing of the concours lawn
8:00 pm – Owner’s Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, in Geneva

Sunday 24th June
8:00 am – Concours lawn opens to entrants and media
10:00 am – Gates open to invited guests and the public
12:00 pm – Lunch served in the Culinary Pavilion with Champagne Drapier and a selection of the region’s finest wineries
1:00 pm – Awards ceremony and Best of Show Award

A Jury comprised of historians, journalists, designers and racing drivers will assess each car according to the traditional charter used at Concours d’Elégance.

Throughout the day, Entrants and invited guests will have exclusive access to the Culinary Pavilion. In addition to the range of culinary options offered, several food-trucks staged around the Concours lawn will be available to the public.

Car Registration and Tickets

Car Registration and Tickets are available from the Concours d’Elégance Suisse website.

AlphaLuxe Comment

Switzerland, a country that banned motor racing in 1955 after the sport’s worst accident at Le Mans (in France), will return to the international calendar this year with a round of the electric Formula E championship in Zurich.

The restrictions on circuit racing were lifted in 2015 for fully-electric vehicles. The ban was rather ironic because the FIA, which governs motorsports has headquarters in Paris and Geneva.

Perhaps, this year more than previously, the Concours d’Elégance Suisse makes more sense than before.



Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).

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