Longines, official timekeeper of the Athina Onassis Horse Show (Rio, Brazil)-
Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) / Saint-Imier (Switzerland), 9 October 2012 –Steve Guerdat (Switzerland), riding Nino des Buissonnets, triumphed in the Grand Prix of the Athina Onassis Horse Show. The Swiss rider and Olympic champion achieved a great performance in the jump-off and he has been awarded with a prize of 330,000 Euros and a watch from The Longines Saint-Imier Collection. Philipp Weishaupt (Germany) won the Longines Cup. Riding Leoville, the German was the fastest rider at the jump-off of the Longines Cup as he completed the course on a zero score and a time of 34’’40. Longines was for the first time the official timekeeper of the Athina Onassis Horse Show held at the Brazilian Equestrian Society in Rio de Janeiro. The Swiss watchmaker was also the official partner of the Longines Cup on Saturday.
The partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and the Athina Onassis Horse Show enabled Longines to draw on over a century of experience in sports timing. Longines’ passion for equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Seen on the racetracks in 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model, which enabled its user to time performances to the second, was already being used by most of the sports judges in New York as early as 1886. In 1926 the brand was appointed official timekeeper for the Concours Hippique International Officiel de Genève for the first time.
Today, Longines is the official partner and timekeeper for many equestrian events, such as most of the CSIO of the Nations Cup show jumping competitions, some stages of the Global Champions Tour, the CSIO Barcelona, the Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters, the Longines Hong Kong Masters, the Emirates Longines Show Jumping League which includes the President Cup presented by Longines, as well as the Dubai Show Jumping Championship. Longines’ involvement in equestrian sports also includes flat racing and endurance competitions.
At the occasion of the Athina Onassis Horse Show, Longines presented a series of exceptional timepieces named after the company’s birthplace, The Longines Saint-Imier Collection.