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  • February 22, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Melbourne

    On 10 February 2018, Australian actress Tessa James had the honor of carrying the Queen’s Baton in Melbourne. She was wearing the Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, a special edition of the Conquest V.H.P. model bearing the colours of this great international sporting event. This exceptional timepiece represents a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. Longines is proud to be the Official Partner and Watch of the Queen’s Baton Relay, which will arrive on the Gold Coast in 53 days for the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games. This unique multi-sport event, of which Longines is the Official Timekeeper, will be held from 4 April to 15 April 2018 and will gather athletes from seventy Commonwealth nations and territories.

  • February 06, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    The Rugby Sevens official pools were drawn in Gold Coast on 1 February 2018

    Today, the Rugby Sevens draw for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, of which Longines is the Official Timekeeper, took place at Robina Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia. Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, as well as Australian and international Rugby Sevens players, attended this exciting event. Longines watch boxes were used for the Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens draws. The boxes, containing the V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, a special edition of the Conquest V.H.P. meant as a tribute to the Games, also displayed the names of the countries participating in the Rugby Sevens competition. As Presenting Partner of Rugby Sevens, Longines is looking forward to the competition, featuring some of the best teams in the world. Besides, for the first time in the history of the Commonwealth Games, women’s rugby competition will also be held at Robina Stadium, from 13 to 15 April 2018.

  • February 06, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    Longines and its Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan welcome the 2018 Queen’s Baton to the brand new Longines boutique in Sydney

    Today, Longines had the pleasure of inaugurating its newest Boutique in Sydney, Australia. On this occasion, Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai joined Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli to perform the official ribbon cutting ceremony. As the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay, Longines also welcomed the Queen’s Baton to the Boutique during the event. “We are very proud to have opened our Australian Boutique in this extraordinary venue and to provide our customers with the opportunity to discover our watches in an elegant environment reflecting the DNA of the brand,” said Mr Juan-Carlos Capelli. “Longines is very proud to be part of the upcoming Commonwealth Games as the Official Timekeeper, as well as the Presenting Partner of Athletics, Gymnastics and Rugby Sevens, and Co-Presenting Partner of Table Tennis. We are looking forward to seeing many record-breaking performances during these ten days of intense competition.” During the event, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan said, “I am delighted to be in Australia to inaugurate this beautiful store and to have the honour of welcoming the Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. I am proud to have been part of the Longines family for the past decade and am equally proud to be part of the Commonwealth, celebrating in the lead up to what I’m sure will be a very exciting 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in just 60 days.”%break%Longines Friend and athlete Amy Pejkovic had the honour of bringing the Queen’s Baton to the Boutique. The young athlete later posed as the sun was setting over the Sydney Harbour Bridge wearing the Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Official Watch of GC2018. The exceptional timepiece displays an engraving of the Gold Coast 2018 logo with the mention “Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games”. The Queen’s Baton, which arrived in Australia on 24 December 2017 and carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is now travelling across all states and territories of Australia to arrive on the Gold Coast in time for the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018. Longines is proud to be the Official Timekeeper and Partner of this large multi-sport event that will be held from 4 to 15 April 2018 in Gold Coast and gather athletes from seventy Commonwealth nations and territories.

  • February 09, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    Longines announced as GC2018 Official Timekeeper

    Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said Longines’ world renowned experience in delivering Games timing, scoring and results were absolutely critical to delivering a great 2018 Games. “With 6,600 athletes demonstrating greatness rarely seen on the field, track or in the pool, Longines will be delivering precise timing, scoring and result services to feed the global broadcast and provide official results for every heat, match and final across every event at GC2018,” Mr Beattie said. “For GC2018, signing our first international tier one partner with over one year to go, illustrates the reputation GC2018 are developing as a strong brand with international appeal. “In terms of tradition, Longines have been a long-time supporter of the Commonwealth Games movement having delivered timing services to the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games and most recently being a partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. “Longines support, performance and expertise as the Official Timekeeper is critical to delivering large multi-sport events and I welcome them to the GC2018 Family,” Mr Beattie said. Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, said, “Longines is delighted to be the Official Partner of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, one of the most famous sporting events in the world. We are really proud that organizers place their trust in our brand and choose us as Official Timekeeper of all the competitions, which will be held during the event. We are looking forward to seeing remarkable sporting achievements, especially in Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis, the sports we are partnering with during the Commonwealth Games.” %break% Acting Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Curtis Pitt said timing is everything when it comes to a gold, silver or bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. “Longines is known around the world for excellence in precision timing and I look forward to seeing many Australian record-breaking performances captured by Longines’ official time keeping equipment in Games competition venues and on broadcast television across the Commonwealth,” Minister Pitt said. “Athletes from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories are training hard right now for medals on the Gold Coast in 2018, and it’s important their efforts are recorded accurately for all time.”  GOLDOC Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters said he looked forward to working closely with Longines and welcomed their ongoing support of the Commonwealth Games. “As we get closer to GC2018 our focus is on delivering an unforgettable global Games and our work with Longines is crucial to shaping the experience for spectators, broadcasters, working media and a cumulative television audience of up to 1.5 billion people,” Mr Peters said. “Over 200 Longines technicians will be working on the timing, scoring and results during Games time delivering Games overlay requirements across all 18 competition venues. Mr Peters said as part of the sponsorship arrangements, Longines is presenting partner for a number of sports with their branding to adorn the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) uniforms across the 388-day journey from Buckingham Palace to the Gold Coast. “The QBR is GC2018’s longest continual promotion. Starting in London on March 13 the baton will travel 230,000 kilometres across 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before arriving at the Gold Coast to start the Games.”, he said.