Longines’ commitment to gymnastics goes back to 1912, when the brand introduced the electromechanical “broken wire” timekeeping system at the Swiss Federal Gymnastics Festival. Based on its vast experience in the sporting world, the watch brand was appointed official timekeeper for all artistic and rhythmic gymnastics competitions held by the International Federation of Gymnastics in 1989. Timekeeping represents just a tiny part of the organisation of a gymnastics competition. During events, the main task of Longines is to enter and display the results recorded. A team of five to seven technicians installs several tonnes of equipment and tests the infrastructures in place over a period of three days prior to competitions. Offering a captivating blend of physical strength, endurance, precision and grace, this sport corresponds perfectly to the creativity and skill of watchmakers. The development of the discipline in terms of the athletes' determination and performances has led to a close collaboration between Longines, officials and competitors. Striking proof thereof is the IRCOS System (Instant Replay & Information System), which assists judges in evaluating exercises by enabling them to view a disputed sequence several times.
In association with the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG), Longines awards the Longines Prize for Elegance at each Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Prize-winners receive a trophy, a cheque and a Longines watch.
To lend its commitment to gymnastics a more personal touch, Longines chose Russian gymnast Evgenia Kanaeva as well as the Chinese men’s gymnastics team to be Longines Ambassadors of Elegance.
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Follow the competition on Longines live timing:
- Fête fédérale de Gymnastique (Bienne, Switzerland)