Longines and SolarStratos are proud to announce their collaboration, making Longines the Official Partner and Timekeeper of this unique adventure. Driven by a pioneering spirit since its beginnings, the Swiss watchmaking brand has always produced watches and instruments that have contributed to the success of various exploits, thanks to their reliability, accuracy, robustness and original technology. With the high-flying debut of SolarStratos, Longines’ support in this new eco-exploration makes it the ideal partner for conquering the stratosphere with solar energy. Renowned for the reliability of its precision instruments, the winged hourglass brand has accompanied explorers on their journeys to the last unknown lands, defied extreme weather, navigated wild oceans and played a part in opening up new air routes and establishing aviation records. Legendary aviators and explorers such as Amelia Earhart, Paul-Emile Victor, Elinor Smith and Howard Hughes have all placed their trust in Longines during their travels. Today, Longines stays true to its pioneering spirit by joining forces with Raphaël Domjan, founder of the SolarStratos Mission and holder of several world records thanks to the power of the sun. The eco-explorer and pilot is thrilled to be partnering with Longines: “We are delighted that Longines, who has accompanied so many legendary adventurers in their exploits, has become the Official Partner of the SolarStratos odyssey!” For Longines CEO Matthias Breschan, to be involved in a project such as SolarStratos is both innovative and promising for new generations: “We want to encourage future generations to excel, because above all being a pioneer is a state of mind, and this still remains true today. By combining courage and mental strength, all obstacles can be overcome and boundaries can be pushed. We are very happy to be part of this wonderful solar adventure”.%break%About Longines Spirit With the Longines Spirit collection, Longines presents timepieces that are a testimony to the brand’s pioneering spirit. Linking history with innovation, these pieces combine the traditional features of pilots’ watches with contemporary lines and codes. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and extremely precise movements, all models in this collection are Chronometer-certified. About SolarStratos, “To the edge of space” SolarStratos is a venture of the SolarXplorers SA group. This mission, started by Swiss eco-explorer Raphaël Domjan in 2014, aims to complete the first ever stratospheric solar flight. Beyond technological innovations, SolarStratos aims to promote renewable energies by illustrating that concepts and projects which seemed impossible a short time ago are now possible thanks to the technologies available today, some of which are still in their early stages particularly in terms of solar-powered aviation. SolarStratos also aims to demonstrate that with today’s technologies, it is possible to achieve feats that exceed the power of fossil fuels, and to fly at high altitudes where no electric aircraft has yet ventured, without emitting pollution and without impacting the environment. About Longines Based in Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832, the watchmaking company Longines wields expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships, and as partner of international sports federations, Longines has built strong and long-lasting relationships in the world of sport over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watch manufacturer. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in over 150 countries.
This week, the best horses and jockeys in the world gathered at the Ascot Racecourse (UK) to compete in the most prestigious races of Royal Ascot and strive to etch their names in the history of an event steeped in prestige and excellence. As a dedicated supporter of equestrian sports, the Swiss watch brand Longines is privileged to take part in this revered horseracing meeting as its Official Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch. Under the current exceptional circumstances of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Longines showed its support in ensuring the safety of every team and attendee by strictly following the safety precautions and health guidelines of the event. On Tuesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 16, the finest horses and jockeys of the discipline competed for two of the most coveted prizes of the event by displaying the highest level of passion, precision and determination. Following the remarkable triumph of Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry Stakes, Longines presented elegant Longines timepieces to the winning owner, Paul Spickett, trainer Andrew Balding and jockey Oisin Murphy. The following day, Longines further demonstrated its support for the exacting standards set by the leading horse and jockey combinations by rewarding the jockey William Buick, trainer Charlie Appleby and owner Godolphin of Kemari, the winner of the Queen’s Vase with elegant Longines watches. Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall joined the fervent crowd during the event to together witness exhilarating races highlighted by the athletes’ boldness and unwavering commitment to the sport.%break%In line with the elegance of the Royal Meeting, Longines is proud to highlight the Official Watch of Royal Ascot, a stainless steel model adorned with diamonds from the DolceVita collection. Combining elegance with watchmaking excellence, the line subtly pairs diamonds and softened geometric lines to feature its artistic allure. Its rectangular case with a silver-colored “flinqué” dial houses a quartz movement that offers uncompromising quality to delight those who appreciate refined timepieces.
Longines was privileged to take part in the 60th anniversary of the Longines Jumping International of La Baule this year for four days of exhilarating competitions at the François André stadium in La Baule, France. The highlight competition on Friday, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM of France, was captured by the remarkable victory of the winner -Team Switzerland consisting of Elian Baumann on Campari Z , Steve Guerdat on Albfuehren's Maddox, Martin Fuchs on Conner 70 and Beat Mandli on Dsarie. Team Italy and Team Belgium came in second and third, respectively, displaying passion and precision in the thrilling competition, elements that are essential to reach new heights in their future performance. On this occasion, the CEO of Longines, Matthias Breschan, presented elegant Longines timepieces to Team Switzerland to further support excellence that permeates all levels of the sport. On Sunday June 13, Longines was honoured to present the Longines Grand Prix and to support JustWorld International through the “Longines Clear the Jump” activity. This time, 200 meals were offered to some of the most vulnerable children in the world each time the Longines jump was cleared. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Nicolas Delmotte on Urvoso du Roch who lived up to expectations by winning the Longines Grand Prix. Laurent Goffinet on Atome Des Etisses arrived second ahead of Martin Fuchs on Leone Jei. To foster excellence and elegance inherent in the sport, the Brand Manager of Longines France, Olivier Pacini rewarded the winner with an elegant Longines timepiece for his outstanding performance in this competition.%break%During this event, Longines was proud to present the Official Watch, a timelessly elegant timepiece from La Grande Classique de Longines. Meticulously designed, this line is famously known for its very slim profile and a wide range of variations that delight both men and women wishing to add an elegant touch to their everyday life. Driven by the brand’s universally recognized excellence and longstanding expertise in watchmaking, the elegant diamond-adorned timepiece presented on this occasion continues the brand’s pursuit of classic elegance and timeless sophistication.
Elegance was at the heart of today’s Grand Opening of Longines newest boutique in Kunming, China, as the brand was joined on this special occasion by its Ambassador of Elegance Zhao Liying. The acclaimed actress addressed a few words to the guests and devoted fans in attendance and took part in the ritual ribbon-cutting ceremony, which officially marked the inauguration of the flagship store spread across 94 square meters. Illustrating Longines’ renowned elegance, it features the brand’s most iconic collections, as well as its latest models. Following their visit of the boutique, attendees were invited to discover the Longines Master Collection exhibition, located right beside the store and open to the public until June 22, 2021. The new Longines Boutique is located at the Kunming Shuncheng Shopping Center, 1F, No.13 Dongfengxi Road, Wuhua District, Kunming.
At the Longines Grand Prix der Schweiz on Friday, Nayel Nassar (EGY) on Igor van de Wittemoere won the competition, followed by Scott Brash (GBR) on Hello Vincent und Philipp Weishaupt (GER) on Coby 8. The winner was honored by Matthias Breschan, CEO of the brand, with an elegant Longines watch. It was one of the highlights of this year’s Longines CSIO St.Gallen: The prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Switzerland was won by Team Sweden. It was followed by the German team on the second and the Swiss team on the third place. The winner team received an elegant Longines watch from Jacqueline Fazio, Brand Manager Switzerland.%break%The Official Watch of this year’s event is a model of the collection Longines DolceVita. Since it was created in 1997, Longines DolceVita has been an ode to the sweet Italian way of life. Smooth and sunny, warm and glamorous. This Longines DolceVita model crafted in steel and enhanced with diamonds, features a silvered “flinqué” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals and has an interchangeable blue leather strap.