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  • March 09, 2020

    Commonwealth Games

    Longines and CGF agree historic multi-Commonwealth Games partnership, as Birmingham 2022 Countdown Clock is revealed

    The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have signed a partnership agreement with Longines for the next three editions of the Commonwealth Games, starting with Birmingham 2022.   The agreement represents the first ever multi-Commonwealth Games partnership in the history with Longines receiving exclusive status as the “Inaugural Partner of the Commonwealth Sport Movement”. Known worldwide for excellence in precision timing, Swiss watchmaker Longines will be the Official Partner and Timekeeper for Birmingham 2022 as well as the 2026 and 2030 Commonwealth Games. This new partnership sees Longines provide all timing and scoring equipment for every single event within the next three Commonwealth Games.   An additional aspect of the partnership means that Longines is also named as ‘Presenting Partner’ of rugby sevens, table tennis, gymnastics and athletics. The historic agreement reinforces the strong ties between Longines and the Commonwealth Games. Longines was originally a partner of the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games and renewed its partnership for Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018.   The announcement comes on Commonwealth Day today (9 March), where the CGF, in partnership with Longines and Birmingham 2022, unveiled a Countdown Clock in Birmingham’s Centenary Square. The striking clock has begun counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the start of the opening ceremony of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, on 27 July 2022.     The Longines Countdown Clock features a fully accessible ramped approach to allow both wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users to move freely under the structure. Manufactured in England, its structure forms the shape of the iconic ‘B’ logo of the Birmingham 2022 Games. This distinctive shape was created by connecting 12 towns and cities across the region, joining together key Games locations, where for the 11 days of the Commonwealth Games, 19 sports, including eight fully integrated para-sports, will take place.   CGF CEO David Grevemberg CBE said: “I am absolutely delighted and privileged to have Longines join with us as the Inaugural Partner of the Commonwealth Sport Movement. It marks an exciting new chapter in the longstanding friendship we have had with Longines that dates back to the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games.”   “This is a truly historic agreement and having this multi-Commonwealth Games partnership in place showcases real confidence in the future direction of the Commonwealth Sport Movement. The partnership has been made possible because of the new Games delivery model, coordinated by CGF Partnerships, which looks at multi-Games opportunities and efficiencies.”   “It is particularly special to be announcing this on Commonwealth Day, a day of celebration across the Commonwealth, where we are unveiling the Longines Countdown Clock to the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony. With this striking yet elegant structure now taking pride of place in the iconic Centenary Square, the countdown to Birmingham 2022 has really begun.” %break%Longines Vice President Marketing, Matthieu Baumgartner commented: “On this special day, Longines is very excited to announce its participation in the XXII Commonwealth Games, considered as one of the world’s most important sporting event.”   “With 870 days to go until the start of this great event, our brand is delighted to reveal a historic multi-Commonwealth Games partnership with CGF, covering the 2022, 2026 and 2030 editions.”   “We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Commonwealth Games, which extends all the way back to the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games and more recently the 2014 Glasgow and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.”   “Timing is crucial when it comes to winning a gold, silver or bronze medal. In this regard, Longines is looking forward to providing its timekeeping expertise in various disciplines, including Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis, the sports we are partnering with during the Commonwealth Games.”   “Our brand has a long history of innovation and precision in sports timekeeping, dating back to the late 19th century already. For the three next Commonwealth Games, starting with Birmingham 2022, Longines is perpetuating this history, together with athletes and sports fans from all over the world.”   Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022, said: “This marks a hugely significant day for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, as we build momentum and edge ever closer to July 2022. “   “The clock will become a key attraction and focal point for the city and will ensure the people of Birmingham have a visual reminder that their city has been chosen to host one of the biggest sports and cultural events in the world. It will count down to an important moment when the eyes of the world will be on Birmingham and the West Midland region.”

  • April 19, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    Closing Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

    On 15 April, Longines celebrated the conclusion of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) alongside its long-standing Ambassador of Elegance and Australian actor, Simon Baker. The Closing Ceremony paid tribute to the remarkable performances of Commonwealth athletes at Carrara Stadium and concluded with the passing of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games baton. As the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Longines displayed its timing excellence throughout the 11 days of intense competition, capturing 9 record-breaking performances. Across Longines’ Presenting Partnerships - Athletics, Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis – and in its capacity as Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Longines congratulates all Commonwealth athletes who achieved outstanding results throughout the 11 days of competition.%break%Throughout GC2018, the Swiss watch brand hosted an action packed schedule of events at Longines Records Club on Broadbeach including the Longines Records Ceremonies which saw a number of the world record-breaker athletes come to the Records Club to receive a Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonewealth Games, a personal certificate of achievement and a $500 AUD donation in their names to UNICEF in recognition of their outstanding achievement. The Commonweatlth Games records were also celebrated during the Longines Records Ceremonies. The record-breaking athletes were presented with a personal certificate of achievement and a $250 AUD donation in their names to UNICEF. Longines is proud to have been the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and is looking forward to the next edition of the Commonwealth Games, which will take place in 2022 in Birmingham, England.

  • April 19, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    Multiple world record and commonwealth records honoured at longines records club

    Nigerian athlete Esther Oyema was honored at the final Longines Record Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Longines Records Club on the last day of competition. Esther Oyema, who lifted a very impressive 131kg in the woman’s para powerlifting up to 50kg event, was presented a limited edition Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games watch. She is one of nine athletes and teams to break world records during the Commonwealth Games. Longines Vice President Charles Villoz, presented the watch to the athlete, as well as a certificate of achievement a donation in her name to UNICEF.%break%A number of Commonwealth Games Records were also honoured at the ceremony, with athletes presented with a certificate of achievement and a donation in their name to UNICEF. Over 100 Commonwealth Games records were broken during the Games. Longines is proud to have been the Official Timekeeper of Gold Coast 2018 and is looking forward to the next edition of the Commonwealth Games, which will take place in 2022 in Birmingham, England.

  • April 17, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    MULTIPLE WORLD RECORD AND COMMONWEALTH RECORDS HONOURED AT LONGINES RECORDS CLUB

    The best of the Commonwealth Games athletes came together for the busiest morning yet at Longines Records Club, with three world records and 11 Commonwealth Games records honoured in a special morning at the Broadbeach location. Longines, the Official Timekeeper and Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), is committed to honouring every World Record broken at GC2018, by presenting world record breakers a limited edition Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games watch, a certificate and a donation in their name to UNICEF. In addition, Commonwealth Games Record breakers were presented with a certificate and a donation in their name to UNICEF. Longines Timing CEO, Mr Alain Zobrist alongside CGF Vice President New Zealand Kereyn Smith and GOLDOC General Manager Strategic Engagement, Patrick Vidgen were there to acknowledge the athletes exceptional efforts.%break%The World Record breakers honoured this morning were: • Swimming, Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell, Australia, 3:30.05 • Athletics (Track & Field), Men's Para Sport 100m T37, Charl Du Toit, South Africa, 11.35 • Athletics (Track & Field), Women's Para Sport, Hollie Arnold, Wales, Javelin Throw F46, 44.43 The Commonwealth Games Record breakers honoured this morning were: • Swimming, Women's 50m Freestyle, Cate Campbell, Australia, 23.88 • Swimming, Women's 50m Freestyle, Cate Campbell, Australia, 23.78 • Swimming, Women’s 100m Freestyle, Cate Campbell, Australia, 52.64 • Swimming, Women’s 100m Freestyle, Bronte Campbell, Australia, 52.27 • Swimming, Women's 4 x100m Medley Relay, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon, Australia, 3:54.36 • Swimming, Women’s 100m Butterfly, Emma McKeon, Australia, 56.78 • Swimming, Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle, Emma McKeon, 7:48.04 • Cycling Track, Women's B&VI Sprint, Jessica Gallagher, Australia, 10.954 • Cycling Track, Women's B&VI 1000m Time Trial, Jessica Gallagher, Australia, 1:07.165 • Athletics (Track & Field), Women's Para sport Long jump T38, Olivia Breen, Wales, 4.86 • Weightlifting, Men's 94Kg, Steven Kari, Papua New Guinea, Clean & Jerk 216Kg • Shooting, Women’s 10m Air Pistol, Manu Bhaker, India, 388 The next and final Longines Records Ceremony will take place at Longines Records Club on Sunday 15 April at 12noon.

  • April 17, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    Longines Celebrates Men in Sport at Longines Records Club

    Today, Longines proudly celebrated the success of men in sport by holding a special luncheon at Longines Records Club on Broadbeach. Longines had the honor of welcoming some of the best athletes in the world, including Longines Friends and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) athletes, Cameron McEvoy and James Roberts. Other notable guests included Australian swimmer Mitch Larkin, Australian race walker Dane Bird-Smith, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, South African sprinter Henricho Bruintjies, Former Australian tennis player Todd Woodbridge, Former champion Australian / American NBL basketball player Leroy Loggins, Australian swimmer Josh Beaver, Australian swimmer Ben Treffers, Champion Australian basketballer Adam Gibson and 2017 Australian ironman Matt Poole.%break% Guests at the luncheon were provided a unique insight into GC2018 by Channel 7 presenter, Mark Beretta, who conducted a Q&A with Longines Friends and Athletes, Cameron McEvoy and James Roberts. Longines is the proud Official Timekeeper and Presenting Partner of Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis of GC2018, a unique multi-sport event. We look forward to witnessing record-breaking performances by athletes from the Commonwealth – both male and female – captured by the Longines official time keeping equipment.

  • April 09, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    Welsh athletes adds to impressive resume with world record

    Inspiring Welsh athlete Hollie Arnold MBE took out the women’s F46 javelin final with a world record throw of 44.43 metres at Carrara Stadium on Monday night. Arnold was too good for New Zealand’s Holly Robinson, who pushed her all the way. It was another gold medal title for the 23-year-old, who has also an Olympic gold medal and a number of world championship wins to her name. As Official Timekeeper and partner of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Longines will acknowledged all world record holders with the Longines Records Ceremonies at the Longines Records Club, in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.%break%Athletes or teams who break the world record and come to the Longines Records Ceremonies will be presented with the Conquest V.H.P. Commonwealth Games watch.

  • April 09, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    South african sprinter breaks world record

    South African sprinter Charl Du Toit broke the world record in the T47 100m sprint in front of a packed crowd at Carrara Stadium on Monday night. In a time of 11.35 seconds, Du Toit consolidated himself as one of the world’s best athletes when it comes to the para events in the sport of athletics. Longines, as Official Timekepper and partner of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, is set to acknowledge all world record holders with the Longines Records Ceremonies at Longines Records Club, in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.%break%Athletes or teams who break the world record and come to the Longines Records Ceremonies will be presented with the Conquest V.H.P. Commonwealth Games watch.

  • April 11, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    TWO MORE ATHLETES HONOURS AT THE LONGINES RECORDS CLUB FOR BREAKING COMMONWEALTH GAMES RECORDS

    Two more athletes were honoured on 11 April 2018 at the Longines Records Club on the Gold Coast for breaking Commonwealth Games records. Longines is committed to honouring Commonwealth Games records at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, by presenting the athlete or team a certificate plus a donation to UNICEF. Fijian weightlifter Eeillen Cikamatana received two certificates for breaking two Commonwealth Games records in the women’s 90ks Clean & Jerk competition. After that, Pakistani weightlifter Talha Talib received a certificate for his Commonwealth Games record in the men’s 62kg snatch competition. Longines Australia General Manager Amelia Michael presented the certificates, alongside CGF Regional Vice-President Africa, Miriam Moyo, and GOLDOC board member Glynis Nunn-Cearns.

  • April 11, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    ANOTHER WORLD RECORD BROKEN ON THE GOLD COAST

    After seven days of competition, ten world records have already been broken at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which is one more than the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where nine world records were broken. The latest world record to be broken was by Nigerian female athlete Esther Oyema, who broke the world record in the women’s up to 50kg in the Powerlifting competition, where she lifted and impressive 131kg. Longines, as Official Timekeeper and Partner of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, is set to acknowledge all world record holders with the Longines Records Ceremony at Longines Records Club, in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Athletes or teams who break the world record and participate in the Longines Records Ceremony will be presented with the Conquest V.H.P. Commonwealth Games watch.

  • April 10, 2018

    Commonwealth Games

    English cyclist Sophie Thornhill broke a world record in track cycling

    English cyclist Sophie Thornhill MBE, won gold and broke a world record in the Women’s B&V1 1000m Time Trial at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In a time of 1:04.623, with her guide Helen Scott, in the blind and visually impaired 1000m Time Trial, the English cyclist outperformed Australian athlete Jessica Gallagher. As Official Timekeeper and partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Longines is proud to acknowledge Thornhill’s amazing world record.%break% She was presented the Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games watch at the world record ceremony at the Longines Records Club at Broadbeach, at a ceremony on Monday on the Gold Coast. Just before Thornhill took the world record, it was broken by Australia’s Gallagher, alongside pilot Madi Janssen, with a time of 10.954, which only lasted a few minutes before Thornhill broke it again.