Kate Winslet, the magnificent Oscar-winning actress, joined the Longines family in 2010.
She is one of the world’s best-known and loved actresses. She built her career on a series of film performances that go against classic stereotypes, creating in each a new character that moves with ease from drama to passionate romance and eccentric individualism. She made her film debut at the age of 17 in the motion picture “Heavenly Creatures” by Peter Jackson, and immediately made an impression. Her first Oscar nomination was for Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility,” but it was her interpretation of Rose in “Titanic” that revealed her to the international public and resulted in her second Oscar nomination. She was then nominated for her roles in “Iris”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Little Children”, and achieved recognition by winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as an ex-Nazi in “The Reader” in 2009, before being nominated in 2016 for the film “Steve Jobs”. Her filmography includes many memorable and award-winning movies, among them “Revolutionary Road”, directed by Sam Mendes, and in which she again plays alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, “Finding Neverland” and “Romance & Cigarettes”.
In 2010, Kate played the leading role in the HBO dramatic mini-series “Mildred Pierce”, in which she reinterpreted, over five hours, the role once played by Joan Crawford in the film of the same name. This performance won her three awards as Best Actress in a mini-series or television film: An Emmy Award in 2011, and a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe in 2012. To complete this long list of achievements, Kate was also awarded an Honorary César in 2012. More recently, she won the 2016 Golden Globe and BAFTA Award (British Academy of Film Awards) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the Danny Boyle motion picture “Steve Jobs”. This role also earned her a seventh Oscar nomination.
In 2010, the actress became involved for a good cause by creating the Golden Hat Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for children with autism. With a long tradition of support for charitable causes, Longines has, since 2015, given its support to this charitable organization, which is dedicated to changing the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived.
In 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded the Oscar-winning actress with the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. In March 2014, Kate received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On May 2016, Longines was delighted to welcome its Ambassador of Elegance for the first time to Saint-Imier, the place where the brand was created in 1832. During her visit, Kate Winslet had the opportunity to see for herself the production and assembly processes of a Longines watch and to visit the Longines Museum. At the end of this eventful day, Kate was eager to meet with Longines employees and took the opportunity to express her gratitude to the brand for its support to the Golden Hat Foundation.
On June 2017, Kate Winslet presented the exclusive and very limited new timepiece she had chosen during her visit at the brand’s headquarters: The Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet. Five gold pieces were produced and named after the brand ambassador. The models numbered 2/5, 3/5 and 4/5 were auctioned for the benefit of the Golden Hat Foundation. The first remaining timepiece belongs to Kate Winslet while the second is kept in the Longines museum.