Longines' involvement in equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when the brand known by its winged hourglass logo produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Since 1912, when Longines first timed a show-jumping competition, it was associated with some of the most prestigious equestrian events all over the world. This enduring passion led in 2013 to the formalisation of the brand's partnership with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the governing body for all equestrian sports. The logical consequence of this commitment has led to the launch of the new Conquest Jumping, developed in collaboration with the FEI.
This latest addition to the Conquest line is intended for all those directly involved in Jumping, as well as enthusiasts of the discipline. Trainers, judges and fans will now be able to precisely measure each rider's performance using an elegant analogue wristwatch, while taking into account in real time the many FEI regulations that apply to Jumping competitions.
The specific and varied requirements for timing this discipline have led to the development of a new Longines movement, namely the L441, which has technical capabilities that evoke the innovations of avant-garde quartz movements produced by Longines from the 1960s onwards. This new model enables the timing of a Jumping round to be recorded to 1/100th of a second, as well as converting penalties into time or adding time penalties for exceeding the time allowed, depending on whether the competition is run under Table A or C. With its ability to combine timing with penalty points, this chronograph is the first of its kind in the world.
An interactive infographic is available at: http://files.longines.com/conquestjumping/