Prix de Diane Longines 2014 - Press event (Paris, France)
During a magnificent event for the press in the Jardins de Bagatelle in Paris, Longines and France Galop announced the programme for the day of the Prix de Diane Longines on 15 June. In all, nine exciting races – including the famous Prix de Diane Longines, the world's top race for fillies – will be held during the afternoon in the unique atmosphere of the Chantilly Racecourse.
Longines' involvement in equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when the brand created a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his horse. For the Prix de Diane Longines 2014, the brand will be promoting a ladies' watch in steel from its Conquest Classic collection. Set with 30 diamonds, this magnificent timepiece with its white mother-of-pearl dial and diamond hour symbols is a perfect example of the elegance of this unique race meeting.
This year, as an exception, the event – reputed for its style and charm – will be enhanced by Longines' Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet. As the embodiment of refinement, the talented British actress will be presenting the "Mademoiselle Diane par Longines" award for elegance during the afternoon to a young lady chosen for her outstanding elegance. Moreover, Julien Doré, whose last album was given rave reviews by the critics, will be giving an exclusive concert to the delight of the spectators at Chantilly.
Longines will also be involved in the Prix de La Reine Marie-Amélie Longines, a race for amateur riders of the International Federation of Gentlemen and Lady Riders (FEGENTRI), of which the famous Swiss watch brand is the Official Partner and Official Watch. Under the terms of this partnership agreement, which was signed at the beginning of the year, Longines will also lend its name to the men's and women's championships organised by the FEGENTRI and to the rankings of the participants: the Longines World FEGENTRI Champion Rankings for Lady Riders and the Longines World FEGENTRI Champion Rankings for Gentlemen Riders.
During the 2014 edition, the Swiss watch brand will renew its support to talented young jockeys through the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars, a race in which young jockeys from all four corners of the globe compete against each other. In a similar vein, Longines organizes on Saturday 14 the Longines Ladies Awards which will be presented during a gala evening held in the Grandes Ecuries of the Chantilly Chateau. These awards are intended as a tribute by Longines to the positive influence of leading female riders in the world of equestrian sport and serve to enhance their common passion.