Gucci Paris Masters - Longines Speed Challenge (Paris, France)


Longines, the official partner and timekeeper for the Gucci Paris Masters 2013, presented the Longines Speed Challenge on Friday 6 December 2013. Scott Brash on Bon Ami won this amazing competition. The concept, launched in 2010 by EEM World, requires perfect mastery of time and infinite precision, two core values upheld by Longines and which were illustrated through the official watch for the event, a steel chronograph from the Conquest Classic line. Dedicated to Longines' passion for equestrian sport, this collection represents the classical, timeless beauty that has forged the brand's reputation and success all around the world.

Like all the models in the Conquest Classic line, the official watch of the event is fitted with a self-winding calibre. With a diameter of 41 mm, this steel model houses the L688 column-wheel chronograph movement, produced exclusively for Longines. The black dial with one Arabic numeral and 11 applied hour symbols coated with Super-LumiNova® shows the hours and minutes and features a small seconds at 9 o'clock; the chronograph counters are set at 3 and 6 o'clock and the date aperture at 4:30 o’clock. Water-resistant to 5 bar, this model also has a screw-down back cover and a sapphire glass through which the beating of the movement can be admired.

Longines presented this model during the Paris leg of the Masters Grand Slam hosting the much-awaited Longines Speed Challenge. This exciting competition was attended by the Russian actress and Longines Ambassador of Elegance Ingeborga Dapkunaite. The goal for the competitors is to achieve the fastest time, knowing that 2 penalty seconds are added for each pole that is knocked down. The winner of the Longines Speed Challenge in Paris was Scott Brash (GBR) on Bon Ami. Simon Delestre (FRA) on Whisper took the second place, while Maikel Van der Vleuten (NED) on VDL Groep Eureka ended third. All three riders received an elegant Longines watch from the hands of Ingeborga Dapkunaite and of Mr. Charles Villoz, Vice President Sales of Longines.

After the great success of the Longines Hong Kong Masters at the beginning of the year, Longines was delighted to be back in Paris as the official partner and timekeeper for this stage of the Masters Grand Slam. The watch brand's passion for equestrian sport dates back as far as 1878 with the production of a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his horse. In 1912, Longines was involved in a showjumping competition for the first time. Today, the brand's engagement in equestrian sport covers flat racing, showjumping and endurance competitions.

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