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  • December 07, 2018

    Horse Racing

    LHKIR Gala Dinner & World Best Jockey Awards - Hong Kong

    Italian-born, British-based jockey Frankie Dettori, who is known for his distinctive "flying dismounts", clinched a second Longines World’s Best Jockey title in recognition of his remarkable achievements throughout the 2018 racing season. He was recognised at a ceremony held during the Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala dinner on 7 December 2018, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Walter von Känel, President of Longines and Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), presented Dettori with an elegant 18k rose gold Longines timepiece from The Saint-Imier Collection as well as a crystal vase.   Showing his versatility, Dettori won eight of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade 1 races aboard five different horses this year. His qualifying victories, seven of which were timed by Longines, came in the Prix Ganay - Prix de l'Inauguration de ParisLongchamp (Cracksman), Investec Coronation Cup (Cracksman), St James's Palace Stakes (Without Parole), Gold Cup (Stradivarius), Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Enable), QIPCO Champion Stakes (Cracksman), Breeders’ Cup Mile (Expert Eye), and Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (Enable).      The scoring process rewards jockeys for finishing in the top three, giving Dettori a total of 128 points over the year.  Second place went to Oisin Murphy, who finished with 114 points, while Ryan Moore was third with 112 points. Dettori joins Moore as a two-time winner of the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award, which was established in 2014. Moore won in the inaugural year and in 2016, while Hugh Bowman was honoured last year.   The awarding of the Longines World’s Best Jockey is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races as established for the year by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. The scoring incorporates races from 1 December of the previous year until 30 November of the current year.  Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third.   The Longines World’s Best Jockey Award was established five years ago by Longines and the IFHA as a way to quantitatively recognise a jockey as the best among his or her global peers. It marked the first time a jockey was honoured in such a way.

  • December 05, 2018

    Horse Racing

    Longines International Jockeys’ Championship 2018 - Hong Kong

    Held in the very heart of Hong Kong, at Happy Valley Racecourse, the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship consists of four races fiercely contested by twelve world-class jockeys representing their countries or regions. The jockey accumulating the biggest score is thus crowned the winner of the championship. With 34 points points, Silvestre de Sousa (representing the UK) won the competition, taking home the first prize and a Longines timepiece. Colin Keane finished second with 16 points, followed by Javier Castellano with 12 points. As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship, the Swiss watch brand was proud to present the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” collection as the Official Watch of the event. Representing a new achievement in the field of quartz, this line combines great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. All pieces in this collection are equipped with an exclusive movement renowned for its high degree of precision for an analog watch (± 5 seconds/year) and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field. These attractive features are likely responsible for its exceptional movement status, to which a very long battery life and a perpetual calendar must be added.

  • December 03, 2018

    Horse Racing

    Longines Hong Kong International Races 2018

    As the end of the year approaches, the enthusiasm for the Longines Hong Kong International Races grows! All horse racing fans await this prestigious event, and will surely flock to the Sha Tin Racecourse on December 9, 2018. Also known as the “turf world championships”, the Longines Hong Kong International Races is composed of four iconic races: the Longines Hong Kong Cup (run over a distance of 2,000 m) for a prize money HK$28,000k, the Longines Hong Kong Mile (1,600 m) for a prize of HK$25,000k, the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1,200 m) for a prize of HK$20,000k, and the Longines Hong Kong Vase (2,400 m) for a prize of HK$20,000k.The total prize money for the Hong Kong International Races is HK$93,000k. The event is a perfect illustration of Longines’ long time involvement in timekeeping and equestrian sports. A link that began as early as 1878, when the Swiss Watchmaking brand created a new mechanical chronograph, adorned with an engraved horse and jockey. This exceptional pocket watch was the first of many milestones in a long history between the Longines brand and equestrian sports. The Longines Hong Kong International Races are a true example of the values that Longines strives to represent, from the pursuit of exceptional performances to a timeless elegance and a strong sense of tradition.   Discover the Longines Conquest V.H.P Watches The Longines Hong Kong International Races will be the perfect occasion to discover the Official Watch Collection of the event: the Longines Conquest V.H.P. This series of sporty and elegant watches represents a new achievement in the field of Quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look .   63 years after the launch of the first Conquest watch and its first quartz clock, Longines is revisiting one of its success stories of the 80s: the Conquest V.H.P (Very High Precision). The Conquest V.H.P collection models display blue, carbon, silver or black dials with a stainless steel bracelet finished with a triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism. The Conquest V.H.P has positioned itself as the watch by excellence for whomever wants to combine the extreme precision of a Quartz watch with the unique elegance of Longines brand. Discover the Official Watch Collection   Last year, the Longines Hong Kong International Races brought once again a thrilling conclusion to an exceptional year of flat racing, with a record 90,000 spectators who enjoyed the performances of horses and jockeys from all over the world. The winners of the four races were awarded with trophies, as well as elegant Longines timepieces. Once again this year, the excitement is set to reach its peak as Hongkongese and international horses and jockeys compete in one of the world’s great racing occasions. In attendance of the event will be Jung Woo-Sung, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, who will reward the most stylish woman at the races with the Longines Prize for Elegance. Discover the Ambassador

  • December 01, 2018

    Jumping

    French rider Kevin Staut reigned supreme at the Longines Speed Challenge in Paris

    Longines was delighted to take part in the Longines Masters of Paris as the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the whole series. Today was marked by the stunning victory of Kevin Staut on Ayade de Septon in the Longines Speed Challenge – a competition known as the fastest in the world and exclusive to the Longines Masters – whereas his compatriots Julien Epaillard on Safari d’Auge and Simon Delestre on Chadino secured the second and third place respectively. Tonight’s competition was thus 100% French. In recognition of his great performance, Kevin Staut received an elegant Longines timepiece from the hands of Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing. This evening of celebration was also the perfect occasion for Longines to welcome its new Friend of the Brand, the model Ilona Smet. The Swiss watch brand is looking forward to seeing the world’s best riders and horses compete in the other highlight trials of the weekend, the Riders Masters Cup on Saturday, of which it is the Founding Partner, and the Longines Grand Prix on Sunday. Last but not least, this international competition is the perfect opportunity for the spectators to discover the Official Watch of the event, the Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting. Sporty and elegant, this watch is a must-have for travel lovers, as it allows them to easily change time zones either manually, following watchmaking tradition, or by using the smart “Flash Setting” system that sets the watch using flash pulses from a smartphone. This timepiece revolutionizes both watchmaking precision and the user experience, expanding Longines’ Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” family, following the three-handed and chronograph versions.

  • November 26, 2018

    Eventing

    Swiss watch brand Longines becomes Title Partner of the 2019 Longines FEI Eventing European Championships

    “After Blair Castle in 2015 and Strzegom in 2017, it is a great pleasure for our brand to even further reinforce its partnership with Eventing in becoming the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the 2019 Longines FEI Eventing European Championships and the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials. We are proud to lend our support to these two major competitions, in a discipline which requires both the horses to be extremely versatile and the riders to have exceptional skills. In addition, this discipline illustrates values of our brand as it combines elegance of dressage, precision of show jumping, speed and courage of cross-country” says Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing.   “We are immensely proud of Longines’ ongoing and increased partnership for this very special year ahead of us and more years to come. Especially 2019 will make these two events truly exceptional“, says Luhmühlen’s event director Julia Otto. “Many companies have supported Luhmühlen over the years and have thereby played a key role in keeping up the Luhmühlen tradition and letting the event develop into one of the major competitions worldwide. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received. Longines, one of Luhmühlen’s Main Partner and Official Watch since 2014, supports the equestrian sports with a vast amount of know-how. Their engagement helps us to develop the event further every year”, adds Julia Otto.%break%The FEI will presumably introduce changes concerning eventing regulations by the end of this year, which will then be implemented in next year’s events. “The requirements for a four-star-competition will be adjusted and we are looking forward to fulfilling those, including an increase in prize money,  Luhmühlen with the power of Longines’ partnership,” concludes Julia Otto.           About the Longines FEI Eventing European Championships The Box Office will commence on 28 August 2018. There will be free admission for the opening ceremony and the first vet inspection (28 August). Dressage will take place on Thursday and Friday (29 – 30 August). Cross-country will be on Saturday (31 August) and the final vet check, the show jumping and final awards ceremony will be held on Sunday (1 September).

  • November 25, 2018

    Jumping

    Longines Trophy Grand Prix of Maastricht

    The 2018 Jumping Indoor Maastricht was rounded off today with the victory of Bertram Allen on Gin Chin van het Lindenhof in the Longines Trophy Grand Prix of Maastricht. Irish rider was followed by Gerco Schröder on Glock's Cognac Champblanc and Kim Emmen on Delvaux.   During the event, Longines had the pleasure to present, for the first time, the FEI Driving World Cup™ competition, claimed by Koos De Ronde, from Netherlands.  The Official Watch of the 2018 Jumping Indoor Maastricht was a lady model from the Record collection. Featuring a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond indexes, this 26mm timepiece is certified as a chronometer by the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute).

  • November 25, 2018

    Horse Racing

    Japan Cup in association with Longines 2018

    Over 100’000 passionate racegoers witnessed the extraordinary victory and record time of Almond Eye ridden by Christophe Lemaire at the 38th edition of the Japan Cup in association with Longines, which was run on Sunday 25 November 2018 at the Tokyo Racecourse. To celebrate their remarkable performance, the winning Japanese horse Almond Eye’s owner, breeder, trainer, jockey and stable staff members were all granted Longines watches from the hands of our Longines Ambassador of Elegance Kohei Uchimura, and the President of Longines, Walter von Känel.   On this occasion, the Swiss watch brand celebrated elegance along with sport performances by awarding the Longines Prize for Elegance to the most elegant woman and man at the Tokyo Racecourse. Before heading to this impressive Racecourse, the Longines Ambassador of Elegance and Japanese World Champion gymnast visited the Longines Ginza Boutique, where 30 selected customers had the opportunity to meet him.   In addition, the Japan Cup in association with Longines was the perfect occasion for the spectators to discover the Official Watch of the event, a model of the Record collection. Combining classic elegance and excellence, this automatic timepiece houses a chronometer movement with unique properties, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).   Longines’ commitment to equestrian sports dates back to more than 140 years. Today, the involvement of the Swiss watchmaker in the equestrian world includes flat racing, show jumping, eventing, endurance, dressage and driving. Longines is also proud to be the Official Partner and Official Watch of the IFHA, and to lend its name to the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. The long-term partnership between Longines and the IFHA has seen the establishment of a prestigious set of awards aimed to honour horseracing’s elite. The Longines World’s Best Racehorse, the Longines World’s Best Horse Race, the Longines World’s Best Jockey and the Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit respectively pay tribute to the racehorses, horse races, jockeys and personalities who excel at the highest level of their sport.

  • November 25, 2018

    Jumping

    Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Western European League - Madrid Horse Week 2018

    On 25 November 2018, German rider Daniel Deusser and his mount Tobago Z arrived first at the sixth leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Western European League held during the Madrid Horse Week. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat on Ulysse des Forets finished second ahead of Sweden’s Irma Karlsson on Ida van de Bisschop. The winner received an elegant Longines timepiece from the hands of Elena Orozsco, Longines Brand Manager Spain, as a reward for his great victory. Longines is proud to be the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Western European League series.

  • November 18, 2018

    Jumping

    Longines FEI World Cup North American League - Las Vegas

    On 17 November 2018, Egyptian rider Nayel Nassar steered Lordan to vicory at the Christian Heineking (GER) on Aje Cluny dashed to victory at the 10th leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM North American League in Las Vegas. Germany’s Wilhelm Genn on Bugatti arrived second ahead of Harley Brown (AUS) on Mylord Cornet. Longines is proud to be the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM North American League series.

  • November 18, 2018

    Jumping

    Longines FEI World Cup Western European League - Stuttgart German Master

    On 18 November 2018, Belgian rider Pieter Devos aboard Apart jumped to victory atthe fifth leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup TM in Stuttgart. Max Kühner (AUT) and PSG Final followed ahead of Christian Ahlmann (GER) on Tokyo. Swisswatchmaking brand Longines was delighted to grant Pieter Devos with an elegant timepiece as a reward for his great win. Longines timed the whole competition as the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup TM Western European League series.