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  • December 27, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Australia

    On 24 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton Relay, of which Longines is the Official Partner and Watch, arrived at Brisbane International Airport. Australian athlete and Longines Friend Cameron McEvoy had the honor of welcoming the Queen’s Baton containing a message from Her Majesty the Queen for its arrival on Australian soil. The Baton will now travel for 100 days 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 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 4 April to 15 April 2018 in Australia.

  • December 22, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games: a tribute to performance

    The Conquest V.H.P. 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. Based on its many years of experience with quartz, Longines is revisiting a success story from the 80s. With the Conquest V.H.P. (Very High Precision), it is marking a return to a technology in which it was a pioneer and expert, particularly through its timekeeping activities.   The Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is equipped with an exclusive movement renowned for its high degree of precision for an analog watch (± 5 s/yr) and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field, using the GPD (gear position detection) system. 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. In the true essence of Conquest, the ultimate sports line, this exceptional timepiece brings together high technicality and dynamic aesthetic. The Conquest V.H.P. has thus positioned itself as the standard-bearer of extreme precision.%break%Bearing the colours of this great international sporting event’s brightly colourful logo and blue koala mascot, the Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games model boasts a black dial with a red V.H.P.mention , orange indexes and blue accents on the watch hands, dial and flange indexes. The watch 41-mm-diameter caseback displays an engraving of the Gold Coast 2018 logo with the mention “Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games”. A steel bracelet with a folding safety clasp completes this exceptional piece.

  • October 30, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    Queen's Baton Relay - Visit of the Longines boutique in Singapore

    On Friday evening, Longines had the pleasure to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in its Singapore Marina Bay Sands Boutique. On this occasion, local athletes and the Commonwealth Games Singapore Committee were present to celebrate the visit of this symbol of the Games, of which the upcoming edition will take place on the Australian East Coast from 4th to 15th April 2018. The Queen’s Baton Relay began its journey in Buckingham Palace in March and carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The Baton is now travelling through the 71 nations or territories of the Commonwealth, covering 230’000 kilometres. Team Singapore Swimmer Roanne Ho together with His Worship the Mayor of the City of Gold Coast and Councillor Tom Tate, and Longines Singapore Brand Manager Jas Guo had the honour to participate in this symbolic journey to welcome the Baton in and out of the Marina Bay Sands Longines Boutique. “The Gold Coast is excited and proud to be the host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and we are ready to open our doors to the world in April next year”, said Mayor Tom Tate.%break% Longines has collaborated with Commonwealth Games Singapore Committee on this occasion to invite one of its athletes as a Baton Bearer for this visit to Longines Boutique. “We are very excited to welcome the Queen’s Baton to Singapore, and are happy to have the Official Timekeeper Longines as part of the festivities. Team Singapore is looking forward to a spectacular experience at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and look forward to the support of Singaporeans,” said Chris Chan, Secretary-General of Commonwealth Games Singapore. The Queen’s Baton Relay will now continue its journey through Asia before finally arriving at Gold Coast. As part of the celebrations, Longines will be displaying ten timepieces from the Longines Museum that has been specially selected by the curator for this occasion. The Museum pieces will be available for viewing from 27 October to the end of November.  Longines is the proud Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay. The Swiss Watch Brand will also work as Official Partner for timing, scoring and results for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and will be known as the Official Timekeeper of this large multi-sport event, as well as the Presenting Partner of Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics and Co-Presenting Partner of Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis.

  • October 12, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    175 days until gold coast 2018 commonwealth games

    Today, Swiss watchmaker Longines unveiled its countdown clock for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) of which it is the Official Timekeeper and Watch.  The 5.2 metre tall, 1.75 tonne clock was unveiled by Longines Friend of the Brand and Commonwealth Games hopeful, Amy Pejkovic; GC2018 Ambassador and Swimmer, Cam McEvoy; along with children from St Pius’ Primary School Banyo. Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones MP, Mr Peter Beattie AC, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman; Mrs Amelia Michael, General Manager Australia, Longines; former sprinter Matt Shirvington; and Borobi, the GC2018 Mascot were also on hand. GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said, “Longines’ world-renowned experience in delivering timing, scoring and results were absolutely critical to delivering a great Games. With thousands of athletes competing across 18 sports and 7 para-sports 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.” Longines Friend of the Brand, Amy Pejkovic, said it was an honour to represent the brand for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. “I’m excited to partner with Longines for GC2018.  I’m currently training hard and aiming to represent Australia on the Gold Coast next year. Competing at a home Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity and positions on the Aussie team will be hotly contested.  Everyone involved in Australian sports is really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games,” said Ms Pejkovic. Children from St Pius’ Primary School, Banyo helped Cam McEvoy and Amy Pejkovic remove an 11 metre Longines navy silk from the Longines countdown clock which will count down the minutes, hours and days until the commencement of GC2018. Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing, said: “Longines is delighted to be the Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, one of the major sporting events in the world. We are really proud that the organizers have placed their trust in our brand and chose us as Official Timekeeper for all the competitions held over the 11 days. We are looking forward to seeing remarkable sporting achievements, especially in Athletics, Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis, the sports we are partnering with during the Commonwealth Games.”

  • September 07, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    Longines Ambassador of Elegance Simon Baker welcomed the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton in the Longines Boutique in London

    As Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Longines is proud to have welcomed the Queen’s Baton in its Boutique in London. Longines Ambassador of Elegance Simon Baker accompanied the Swiss Watch Brand on this occasion. The Australian actor also took part in the Queen’s Baton Relay as Baton Bearer. The Baton carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is travelling through the nations of the Commonwealth until the beginning of the Games in April 2018. On Wednesday, Longines had the pleasure to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in its London’s Oxford Street Boutique. On this occasion, Longines Ambassador of Elegance Simon Baker was present to celebrate the visit of this symbol of the Games, of which the upcoming edition will take place on the Australian East Coast from 4th to 15th April 2018. The Queen’s Baton Relay began its journey in Buckingham Palace in March and carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The Baton is now travelling through the 71 nations or territories of the Commonwealth, covering 230’000 kilometres. Longines Ambassador of Elegance Simon Baker and Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli had the honour to participate in this symbolic journey carrying the Baton in and out of the London Longines Boutique. The Queen’s Baton Relay will now continue its journey through Europe before visiting Asia. Longines is the proud Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay. The Swiss Watch Brand will also work as Official Partner for timing, scoring and results for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and will be known as the Official Timekeeper of this large multi-sport event, as well as the Partner of Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis.

  • July 27, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    Longines welcomes the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton in Canada

    The Queen’s Baton Relay started its cross-Canada journey on July 27 with a visit to the Longines Boutique in Toronto. It was launched at Buckingham Palace on March 13, 2017. The Baton travels through 70 Commonwealth nations and territories and cover close to 230,000 kilometers. The journey will end in Australia at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on April 4, 2018. As Official Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Longines is proud to have welcomed the Queen’s Baton in its Boutique in Toronto on July 27. On this occasion, multiple medal-winning Canadian athletes Curt Harnett and Alexandra Orlando joined the Swiss watch brand and discussed their personal Commonwealth Games experiences. The Queen’s Baton relay will then travel across Canada before revert to Europe by middle of August. Longines is also Presenting Partner for a number of sports of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games including Track & Field, Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis.

  • March 15, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    The Queen Baton of the 2018 Commonwealth Games is on display in the Longines Boutique in London

    The representatives of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games visited the Longines Boutique on Oxford Street in London, one day after the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Buckingham Palace. Peter Beattie AC, Chairman Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Mark Peters, CEO Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games met Juan-Carlos Capelli the Vice-President and Head of International Marketing of Longines to celebrate the launch of the Queen Baton Relay, of which the Swiss Watch Brand is the proud Official Partner. A replica of the Queen Baton of the 2018 Commonwealth Games is now showcased in the Longines Boutique.%break% The Queen Baton carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place on the Australian East Coast from 4th to 15th April 2018. Longines is delighted to be the Official Partner for timing, scoring and results and the Official Timekeeper of this large multi-sport event as well as the Partner of Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis.

  • March 13, 2017

    Commonwealth Games

    The Queen’s Baton Relay of the 2018 Commonwealth Games began its journey

    Buckingham Palace hosted the launch of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay on Monday 13 March 2017. Since 1958 and the games in Cardiff, the Queen’s Baton traveled from London to the Opening Ceremony of each Games, through the 71 nations or territories that make up the Commonwealth. Longines is the proud Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay and will have the pleasure to welcome it in some of its Boutique during its journey all around the world. The Queen Baton carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place on the Australian East Coast from 4th to 15th April 2018. Longines is delighted to be the Official Partner for timing, scoring and results and the Official Timekeeper of this large multi-sport event as well as the Partner of Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis.

  • 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.