The founder of luxury accessory brand Charriol, Philippe Charriol, has passed away at age 77 due to a car accident.
According to a report, the incident occurred on the 27th of February at the Le Castellet racing track in France. "During a car-racing session that was taking place on the Circuit Paul Ricard… French driver Philippe Charriol was the victim of an accident on the Mistral straight," circuit director Stephane Clair says in a statement.
It's said that he was given emergency treatment at the track and was rushed to the hospital in his hometown of Marseille, but was unable to recover. The brand founder was a patron of major race circuits and was a racecar driver himself.
Inquirer reports that Philippe, who has frequented the country since the '70s, was even scheduled to visit the Philippines this March to meet with retail partners at SSI.
Charriol was founded by Philippe in 1983 and is known for its luxury Swiss timepieces and cable accessories. The brand began and remains an independent and family-run enterprise.