Longines FEI World Cup CSI Final (Lyon, France)-
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final: a perfect end to the series
Over the weekend, the spectators witnessed outstanding performances from the world’s best riders and horses. Reaching the highest level of the discipline, Daniel Deusser (Germany) on Cornet D’Amour won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and was presented with an elegant Longines watch from the hands of its President, Mr. Walter von Känel. His compatriot Ludger Beerbaum finished second with his mare Chiara 222 while Great Britain’s Scott Brash riding Ursula XII – currently at the top of the Longines Rankings – completed the podium.
The Official Watch of the event was a Conquest Classic chronograph in steel which houses the exclusive mechanical column-wheel caliber L688. Its black dial is set with one arabic numeral and 11 applied indices with Super-LumiNova®. It displays the hours and the minutes, a small second at 9, a 30-minute counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6 as well as the date at 4:30. Just as the entire collection Conquest Classic, this timepiece is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.
A total of 20 nations competed for the honours: Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden and USA. The Final began with a speed competition on Friday followed by a second competition on Saturday which included a first round and then a jump-off against the clock. The last competition on Monday was a Grand Prix over two rounds opened to the 30 best-placed athletes, at the end of which the new champion was celebrated.
During the event, Longines also provided its support to the charity association JustWorld International, within the ambit of its “Give 4 Good” worldwide campaign, backed by many professional riders. In this perspective, Longines set up a “Longines Clear the Jump” contest on the last day of the Final. Every obstacle faultlessly cleared had Longines make a donation to JustWorld International, enabling the Swiss watch brand to assist the association’s work concretely.
Longines’ passion for equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when the brand produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Seen on the racetracks as early as 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the seconds. It was already being used by most sport judges in New York in 1886. In addition, the company had partnered for the first time with an international show jumping competition by 1912. Today, along with show jumping, Longines is an active partner in flat racing and endurance competitions.