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McLain Ward
slays the dragon and climbs to the top of the World!
Victory at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha (USA), of which Longines was the Title Partner, the Official Timekeeper and the Official Watch, promoted America’s McLain Ward to the top of the Longines World Jumping Rankings and into the history books of equestrian sport’s most popular indoor series.
He’s been there before, but his return to the no. 1 spot in the Longines Rankings is all the sweeter for America’s McLain Ward this time around. Because it underpins the realisation of a long-held dream for the 41-year-old showjumper from Brewster, New York. He’s not always the most emotional of competitors, but he couldn’t suppress his delight when claiming the coveted Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017 title after a three-day bonanza of spectacular performances with the great mare, HH Azur, at the CenturyLink Centre in Omaha, USA. It had been a long time coming, in fact 25 years according to the double Olympic gold medallist. “I’ve come so close so many times, and one way or another I’ve messed it up. I’m so grateful for my horses and the people around me like my groom, Lee, who has been with me for 29 years. They all helped me pull this off!” Ward said.

Hot favourite — He was always a hot favourite on his home turf, especially partnering the magical 11-year-old mare which is jointly owned by Double H Farm and François Mathy. In the opening speed competition, in which seconds were added for fences down, he produced the quickest clear round in 59.27 seconds to win, but only shaded the runner-up partnership of Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and his mare, Mary Lou, by a narrow margin of 0.11 seconds. “In reality there was a just a whisker between the top three, I was very fortunate!” Ward said. Irish course designer, Alan Wade, was widely praised for his skillful tracks that gradually increased in degree of difficulty throughout the weekend but were never unfair on the horses. “Alan puts a big test in front of you, but his courses ride smoothly and he makes subtle problems which always have a clear solution. It’s just up to us riders to work it out,” Ward explained.

Began to slip — A fence down the following day dropped von Eckermann down the leaderboard but Ward made no mistake, rocketing to victory once again to further cement his lead with the brilliant mare who he described as “an independent woman – I don’t think she needs me very much!” European individual silver medallist in 2015, Gregory Wathelet (36) from Belgium, began to challenge when runner-up in this competition with the chestnut gelding Forlap who he had slotted into fourth place on the opening day. Wathelet could hardly believe it, because he’s still only re-establishing his relationship with the horse which he successfully partnered before it was sold, and which was then passed around to a number of different riders. “Forlap lost his confidence because of that, so it was a bit of a risk buying him back,” Wathelet explained. And suddenly Switzerland’s Romain Duguet (36) also became a contender when finishing third with Twentytwo des Biches who is only 10 years old.
“I’ve had her since she was five and she’s never spectacular, but she jumps clear rounds!” said the delighted rider who had a series of strong results throughout the Western European League qualifying season.

Wriggle room — Despite his early dominance, Ward went into the third and deciding competition with very little wriggle room. Results from the first two competitions were turned into penalty points, leaving the American less than a fence ahead of Wathelet in second place while a single mistake would leave him on par with Duguet in third. “The biggest challenge for me is to keep my head right,” admitted the New Yorker the previous evening. “It’s something I need to master, and I hope I can do that this weekend,” he said. But he slayed that dragon in style despite the most intense pressure. Wathelet’s Forlap hit a fence in the first round but Duguet didn’t flinch, and when von Eckermann jumped two clear rounds he moved back up to a podium placing. Duguet’s second clear of the day left Ward with no option if he was to avoid a jump-off against the Swiss star, but HH Azur was never going to make a mistake and her rider was fully focused. The crowd erupted into the frenzy of excitement when the US pair cleared the line one last time as undisputed champions while Duguet finished second ahead of von Eckermann in third. It was Ward’s 17th attempt to clinch that coveted trophy and, in this 39th season of the series that consistently captivates audiences around the globe, he posted America’s tenth win and earned his place on the glittering Roll of Honour. It was a true triumph for the host nation and for the visionary work of Lisa Roskens and her team who brought the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final to the heartland of America for the very first time.

Key elements — In an interview earlier on that last day, showjumper Ludger Beerbaum and Longines Ambassador of Elegance and former tennis ace Stefanie Graf, talked about their own heroes and the qualities those athletes brought to their respective sports, agreeing that “passion, dedication and drive” were key elements to success. McLain Ward lacks none of these, and as his glorious result was sinking in, he reflected on his achievement. “My only game plan was to do the best I could every day and hopefully be in the hunt today,” he said after showering everyone in champagne during the prize-giving ceremony. “In our sport there are three major events – the Olympic Games, World Championships and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final – that we all very much want to win during our career. This is a really big deal!” said the newly-crowned king of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping series.
[Daphne Deschamps]
Longines FEI World Cup™Jumping
Western European League
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League is a range of indoor competitions which has taken place every year since 1978. The trial heats take place in several European countries, providing the qualifying route to the grand final which brings together riders from the different leagues all over the world. Intense excitement is guaranteed from the start of the different qualifying stages, with the best riders competing for a strictly limited number of places in the final.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping
North American League
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League has been reformatted for the 2015-2016 season. Seven events are held on the East Coast, and seven on the West Coast — a total of fourteen competitions in North America (USA, Canada and Mexico). Each of these stages serves as an elimination event for the final of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping, in which the best riders from the various international leagues compete.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping
China League
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping China League takes place in three distinct stages. The competitions are held at an exceptional facility at Chaoyang Park, the largest park in Beijing. Sport and elegance are the highlights of this prestigious competition which reunites the best riders and horses in China, as well as some of the greatest names on the world stage, the climax being the qualifying round for the final of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping.
John Roche
FEI Jumping Director
Former international showjumping rider, Ireland’s Captain John Roche, has worked with the international governing body, the FEI, for almost 30 years during which time he has experienced much change and has helped guide the sport into the modern era. He talks about his background and career, the changes that have taken place in the sport over the years and his hopes for the future…
John, where do you come from, and what led you into the world of equestrian sport?
John Roche
I’m from a place called Foulksmills in County Wexford, Ireland and my family has a long history with horses. My father stood stallions on our farm, and I started riding at the age of four. I competed with ponies and then horses before joining the Irish Army Equitation School in Dublin. My cousin, Con Power, was also in the Equitation School and was very successful internationally with a horse called Rockbarton.
What is it about Ireland and horses? Do you think Irish people have a special affinity with them?
J. R.
Yes I do! Horses are in our DNA, and modern day showjumping was born in Dublin when the first competitions of High Leap, Wide Leap and Stone Wall jumping were staged on the lawns of Leinster House, now the home of the Irish Government, all the way back in 1868. The Irish horse is a legend, and the quartermasters of armies from all across Europe came to Ireland to source the best horses in the early years of the last century. The horse takes on the character of the people and this is also the reason the Irish horse is so well liked on the continent. They are so easy to get along with and they are very forgiving. Riders make mistakes, but the Irish horse just gets on with his job!
Talk about the highlights of your own jumping career and the best horses you rode.
J. R.
My first Nations Cup was in Rome in 1978 where the team finished second to France in a jump-off. I rode Mullacrew, the mare that went on to produce one of the most successful Irish Jumping horses of recent times, the stallion Cruising. In 1979 I was on the team that finished third in Geneva before going on to win in Aachen, breaking Germany’s 12-year grip on the title. That same year I was also on the team that took bronze at the European Championships in Rotterdam, riding alongside my cousin Con (Power), Gerry Mullins and Eddie Macken. I achieved all that with a horse called Maigh Cuilinn, but I also had a lot of success over the following years with horses like Lough Crew, who scored a double of wins at Spruce Meadows, and with Castle Park who was one of the fastest speed horses in Europe at the time. Lough Crew was special because we broke him ourselves at the Equitation School. He was by the legendary Irish Draught stallion King of Diamonds, who produced so many successful international showjumping horses in that era. I was selected for the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, but of course didn’t go because of the boycott. In 1982 I was a member of the Irish team at the World Championships in Dublin.
Who were the riders you most admired while you were competing?
J. R.
Before my time there were so many great riders such as America’s Frank Chapot, Bill Steinkraus and Germany’s Hans Günter Winkler. During my time the D’Inzeo brothers from Italy were still in action, along with Germany’s Gerd Wiltfang and Paul Schockemöhle, David Broome and Harvey Smith from Great Britain and my Irish colleagues Tommy Brennan, Commandant Larry Kiely, Colonel Ned Campion and Con Power. I’ve always admired riders from even further back in time too – people like Colonel Dan Corry, Commandant Ged O’Dwyer and of course my ex-Commanding Officer, Colonel Billy Ringrose, all of whom had so much talent and great style.
When did you start work with FEI?
J. R.
I started working at the FEI in 1987 when Fritz O. Widmer was Secretary General, and I have served the sport under a number of FEI Presidents including HRH Princess Anne, the Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón, HRH Princess Haya and now Ingmar de Vos.
Describe the career path that led to the position you hold today at FEI.
J. R.
It happened by accident really! I retired from the Irish Army Equitation School and was already living in Switzerland for a year with my wife Marie-Madeleine who is Swiss. I was studying, riding, training and teaching at the time. Two of my pupils were the daughters of the man who produced and designed the FEI World Cup™ Jumping trophy and when we were out to dinner at a restaurant in Bern one night we met Fritz O. Widmer. He asked what I was doing and if I’d be interested in working at FEI HQ, so I thought I’d give it a try! I started there in May 1987 as Secretary to both the Jumping and Driving Committees. The position has evolved considerably over the years into what it is today. The FEI World Cup™ Jumping was under the direction of Max Amman at the time and when he retired I took that over. I also acted as FEI Driving Director for 15 years.
What have been the greatest challenges you have faced during your time as Jumping Director?
J. R.
You know I’ve never seen anything as a challenge — it has been an honour and a privilege to work in this position. I’m totally passionate about the sport, I live and breathe it every day and never see it as a job — it’s more a vocation than a career. No matter what you do you can’t get away from it, it’s not 9 to 5, I’m in contact with people all over the world all the time. Of course the sport has totally changed over the years, there has been an explosion in the number of riders competing internationally and the sport is continuing to grow. We have 15,000 riders and almost 2,000 international Jumping events in all categories in the FEI calendar this year. A total of 750 Jumping event schedules were approved by the FEI in 2016, and more than 3,000 reports have to be followed up annually, so it’s very busy but I enjoy every moment of it. When I started to work at the FEI the statistics were quite different. In 1988 there were just 181 venues staging 213 Jumping events for all levels of the sport.
Describe the biggest changes that have taken place in the sport since you were competing yourself.
J. R.
The philosophy of course designing has changed and improved considerably, and the quality of the horse and the standard of riding are at a very high level. There are more riders competing at higher level than ever before, and more capable of competing at Grand Prix level. Breeding has improved tremendously thanks to visionaries like Belgium’s Leon Melchior who applied real science in crossing progeny from various studbooks to produce horses with the most amazing scope and athleticism.
What are your hopes for the future of the sport?
J. R.
The future looks really bright! A total of 753 million people worldwide have an interest in horse sport, there are 37 million active competitors, and 58 million horses and ponies involved. The equine industry employs many millions of people in a variety of ways, and the economic impact worldwide is estimated at €300 billion. Taking all equestrian disciplines into account there were 4,000 international events last year and more than 4,500 this year. This is a sport that appeals to people of all ages, offering huge investment potential and a great return on investment, so I see it continuing to grow and develop over the coming years.
What’s the one special thing about the sport of showjumping?
J. R.
The fact that you are always on a learning curve! You can be Olympic champion one day and be struggling the next day. This is a partnership between two athletes, horse and rider. The secret to success is making that partnership work. The result is not always predictable! This is one of the reasons that becoming involved in horse sport is such a wonderful developmental tool for children, it quickly teaches us to take the highs and the lows in equal measure. It also teaches us the joy of caring for another creature. The FEI places great emphasis on the welfare of the horses that compete in all FEI disciplines and takes great pride in the #TwoHearts ideal of a horse and rider competing as a single entity, and as equal partners on the field of sport. [Daphne Deschamps]
The DNA of the Longines Masters
A unique atmosphere, from dawn to dusk
A truly unmissable series that brings together fans of equestrian sports and celebrities from all around the world for a trilogy of events spanning three continents, the Longines Masters offer a truly unique experience: a perfect synergy of competition and entertainment.
Between Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong, spanning high-level sport, culture, contemporary art, gastronomy, parties and glamour, the Longines Masters offers a circuit that is unique in the world, and is recognised as among the most prestigious in the calendar of equestrian events. The first pages of the story of the Longines Masters series were written on the arena of the Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes in June 2015, spearheaded by the company EEM and the Swiss watch brand Longines. Christophe Ameeuw, founder and CEO of EEM, sums up its goal as follows: “to offer a new vision of equestrian competition through exceptional events.” It certainly appears that this goal has been met: showjumping has without a doubt taken on a new dimension thanks to this trilogy. A dimension of great suspense in a unique atmosphere transports you to a truly unforgettable universe: a world of performance and excellence, but also a place of entertainment and celebration.
Innovation and lifestyle
These are undoubtedly the key characteristics that particularly define the Longines Masters. Inspired by the Grand Slam in tennis and their unforgettable tournaments, the Masters attract the world’s finest horse riders and horses and celebrate the epitome of equestrian sports. During its second season, the Longines Masters series took on yet another dimension. With total potential prize earnings of € 4,500,000 across the series, it joined the ranks of legendary sporting events such as the Ryder Cup for golf, the Grand Slam for tennis and the America’s Cup for sailing. And to perfectly round off this unique concept in its field, the Longines Masters serves as the centre stage and showcase to a lifestyle that fans of exceptional experiences can wholeheartedly enjoy.
A global lifestyle concept
The Longines Masters also offers a wonderfully celebratory atmosphere in an exceptional setting, with impressive shows and performances, live music and concerts, gastronomy and shopping. This is a veritable state of mind anchored in the DNA of the Masters series, and previously unseen in equestrian sports – one that is characterised by freedom and glamour, for a joy that is shared by all. This was echoed in the words of the well-known Catalan trainer Santi Serra during the Longines Masters in Los Angeles: “What is my state of mind when I am on the track? I feel free – and that is one of the most important words in the world.” His routines attest to the extraordinary bond between man and horse, drawing spectators into a sweet and poetic daydream. During the day, the Prestige Village is also a separate entertainment area and a true event within the event. It is a wonderful destination for exceptional shopping opportunities, brimming with stylish outlets, the finest collections, luxury brands and fashion designers. It’s the perfect place to find fantastic presents for almost any occasion – or to treat yourself to something very special. And with the programme of events for children, families can also look forward to magical surprises, including tightrope walkers, clowns and even wandering entertainers. Each stage of the Longines Masters intends to open up a magnificent world of encounters between cultures and people, with art and design also forming an integral part of the picture. With this in mind, works of modern art from a number of international artists – such as the French sculptor Richard Orlinski at the Longines Masters in Paris – are exhibited within the Prestige Village for visitors to discover and enjoy. “The inspiration that may arise from combining art and sport is something extraordinary which we are delighted to share with Long Beach,” said Ron Nelson, Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art, where a number of unique pieces were exhibited during the Longines Masters in Los Angeles.

A front seat for culinary delights
Gastronomy is a particular highlight at the Longines Masters. Yves Mattagne, the double-Michelin-starred Belgian chef who works with EEM across three continents, assembles exquisite lunches and dinners to entertain and delight the profusion of VIPs at the Masters Club.
Ideally located at the heart of the action along the main track, the Masters Club is a meeting place for all those who wish to enjoy the competition in a luxurious VIP setting. With four menus – two lunches and two dinners – and arrangements favouring the very finest local and seasonal products and a subtle blend of flavours including an Asian touch with sunny, vibrant colours – the mark of Yves Mattagne’s signature style – a great selection of champagnes and fine wines are offered for your enjoyment. In Paris, for example, the Masters Club has welcomed no fewer than 7,000 VIPs over four sessions, serving a total of 121 tables. “It is an absolute pleasure to prepare, especially for the Longines Masters, customised menus that complement the sophistication and refinement of the event,” said the Belgian chef. An unforgettable aftershow
But the lights don’t simply go out when the track events come to an end. Quite far from it. At the end of each day, you can head to the Prestige Village to enjoy a glass of fine champagne in a pleasurable setting. This a key part of the unique ambiance offered by the Longines Masters, bringing the suspense and emotions of the competition to a superb and unforgettable close. It is at this precise moment that the real party commences, as the aftershow gets going in style. In this extraordinary setting, everything is in place to guarantee an exceptional and unparalleled experience, with music from the finest artists, musicians and the latest DJs. Some of the greatest highlights include music from Jain in Los Angeles, and, for the second season of the Paris stage, Alice on the Roof with a live concert on the Friday evening. The highly successful young Belgian singer sang some of her greatest hits, such as Easy Come Easy Go and On The Roof. Other memorable moments included music from DJ Charles Sax and Samuel Boschman, who brought life to the dance floor and the Prestige Village in great style!
The red carpet
Especially privileged in terms of social and professional opportunities and the presence of well-known international brands as well as some of the world’s most influential businessmen, the Longines Masters is also extremely popular among celebrities. We need look no further than the Longines Masters’ star-studded gala evenings – with celebrity guests including Jessica Springsteen along with her parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Jennifer Gates together with her parents Bill and Melinda Gates, and even Steven and Destry Spielberg, Ariana Rockefeller, Hannah Selleck, Georgina Bloomberg, actresses Kaley Cuoco and AnnaLynne McCord and the Longines Ambassadors of Elegance Stefanie Graf and Andre Agassi in Los Angeles – attending the events to make some special memories they can treasure forever. Over the course of two seasons, the Longines Masters has become an unmissable, key event in the social and cultural calendar – the place to be and the place to be seen. It is a true marriage of the best of sport and lifestyle, creating a magical yet eminently tangible story, written in gold lettering. [Nathalie Marchal]
Longines Masters Season III
On the occasion of the third season of the Longines Masters, the American leg will leave the West Coast to be held in the amazing city of New York. The next season of this unmissable equestrian event will kick off in Paris to head next towards Hong Kong. The Longines Masters will then finish its journey in New York.
Mikaela Shiffrin
proves an exemplary ambassador at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles
Longines Ambassador of Elegance Mikaela Shiffrin truly shone as she attended the 2016 Longines Masters of Los Angeles. The talented American skier relished the opportunity to discover and experience one of the world’s most renowned equestrian events, alongside eminent rider Georgina Bloomberg. The two young women also participated in a joint interview, in which they shared their experiences and insights regarding preparation, precision, performance and time management when it comes to their respective disciplines. Mikaela Shiffrin, who has long been a great fan of horses, was delighted to highlight the many similarities she perceives between skiing and showjumping.
Longines Global Champions Tour
The Longines Global Champions Tour is travelling around the world and inviting the very best showjumpers to compete in a number of exceptional locations. This competition, of which Longines became the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper in 2013, is an unmissable event in today’s equestrian calendar. The 2017 edition of this prestigious series also boasts two new great destinations: Berlin and London.
Bringing together the world’s greatest riders, this competition has established itself as a must-see showjumping event. The Longines Global Champions Tour was created in 2006 by the former Dutch Olympic champion Jan Tops. This series, of which Longines became the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper in 2013, has made its mark among the “crème de la crème” in the international showjumping calendar with the very finest in the discipline taking part in the tour. Every year, the Longines Global Champions Tour travels the world, moving from one continent to the next while offering a fantastic programme every time. An impressive fifteen events set the pace for the new season, including two new stops in Berlin and London.

Berlin welcomes the Longines Global Champions Tour for the very first time this year and becomes, beyond doubt, an important new destination in the series. As a versatile and varied capital, Berlin is one of Europe’s most dynamic and surprising cities. With international acclaim for its artistic and cultural scene, Berlin is full of attractions and boasts a large number of museums, theatres and monuments. With its unique history, the past is ever-present as proven by symbolic places in the city such as the Reichstag building, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate.
The young German capital impresses millions of visitors every year and will no doubt delight both riders and fans of equestrian sports during the competitions. This year, the Longines Global Champions Tour also includes the United Kingdom with an event held in London. This new leg marks the British capital’s return to the series and its circuit. A favourite among tourists, the city adds a unique historical, cultural and artistic flair to any tour. Shaped by a melting pot of international influences, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital that looks resolutely to the future but still remains so quintessentially British at heart. The Longines Global Champions Tour takes up residence in this unique location in August 2017. The competitions take place on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, at the very heart of the city. Located on the edges of the Thames, the hospital welcomes veterans of the British Army and has been providing for their needs since 1692. Commissioned by King Charles II, this architectural gem was designed by Sir Christopher Wren who was inspired by the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. The site is currently home to around 300 pensioners, and the Chelsea Flower Show is also held on these premises every year. As the 12th event in the calendar, London promises an array of sporting highlights as the competition starts to draw to a close.
15 legs, 12 countries, 3 continents
From April to November 2017, the 12th edition of this exciting series is travelling across twelve different countries throughout the world. Last season’s new addition, Mexico City, opens the tour beginning of April with the grassy piste of Campo Marte at an altitude of over 2000 metres. For the second stage, the series travel to the East Coast of the United States to discover the magic of Miami Beach. For its unique stop in Asia, China has then the privilege of welcoming the competition to the centre of Shanghai city, in front of the China Art Palace. After that, the Longines Global Champions Tour heads towards Europe, stopping in the magnificent Spanish capital of Madrid before travelling to Hamburg in Germany. Glamour is the word for the next few events in Cannes, Monaco and then Paris, where riders compete against one another on the Champs de Mars in front of the impressive Eiffel Tower. These events are followed by stages in Estoril in Portugal and Chantilly in France – the world’s “capital of the horse” and a place that is well known for its magnificent chateau. The 11th stage hosts for the very first time in Berlin, the dynamic German capital. The competitions move then to the United Kingdom, with an event in London, which makes its great comeback with this series. Afterwards, the Longines Global Champions Tour returns to its roots in the Netherlands – Valkenswaard to be precise – where its founder and president, Jan Tops, is based. The circuit then continues to Rome in Italy, for its last competition before the grand finale. This is held in Doha in Qatar at the impressive Al Shaqab equestrian centre, where the winner of this internationally renowned competition is crowned. The 2017 edition of the Longines Global Champions Tour once again promises unforgettable moments and sporting highlights in an array of locations steeped in tradition and history.
Show jumping champions
invited to discover the latest equestrian watch of the Swiss watchmaking brand Longines
Alongside the Longines Masters of Paris which was held in December 2016, Longines invited some of the world’s best riders to discover the latest models of The Longines Equestrian Collection, a line inspired by iconic elements of the equine world. On this occasion, Longines Ambassador of Elegance Jane Richard Philips, the Rio Olympic gold medalists, Roger-Yves Bost, Pénélope Leprevost and Philippe Rozier, as well as Harrie Smolders, Jérôme Guéry, Camille Condé Ferreira and the young American riders Audrey Coulter and Lucy Davis were invited to the new Parisian Boutique of the brand, located at the Rue Faubourg St-Honoré in the very heart of the City of Light. The French riders then went to the Palais de l’Elysée to be decorated with the “Légion d’honneur” to celebrate their outstanding performance in Rio last summer.
Conquest Jumping
A true technological challenge
­Longines blends passion with innovation in an elegant watch dedicated to Jumping
Combining a long history of sports timing and more than a century of involvement in equestrian sports, ­Longines is proud to present the Conquest Jumping, a model dedicated specifically to the discipline of jumping. Fitted with an exclusive, cutting-edge movement, this watch, developed in collaboration with the FEI, can be used to time jumping competitions to 1/100th of a second and also take into account the many regulations that govern the sport.
This addition to the Conquest line is intended for all those directly involved in jumping, as well as enthusiasts of the discipline. Trainers, judges and fans will now be able to precisely measure each rider's performance using an elegant analogue wristwatch, while taking into account in real time the many FEI regulations that apply to jumping competitions.
The specific and varied requirements for timing this discipline have led to the development of a new ­Longines movement by ETA for ­Longines, namely the L441, which has technical capabilities that evoke the innovations of avant-garde quartz movements produced by ­Longines from the 1960s onwards. This model enables the timing of a jumping round to be recorded to 1/100th of a second, as well as converting penalties into time or adding time penalties for exceeding the time allowed, depending on whether the competition is run under Table A or C. With its ability to combine timing with penalty points, this chronograph is the first of its kind in the world. According to John P. Roche, Director of Jumping at the FEI: “Jumping is a discipline that demands among others, precision, speed and technical ability. In a competition these criteria are assessed using many strict and detailed regulations. This means that the range of functions necessary to time jumping competitions is quite extensive. To devise a wristwatch that has all the functions and features necessary for timing this sport is a true challenge that ­Longines has met very successfully.”
This new chronograph is a subtle blend of performance and elegance and boasts a circular steel case with a diameter of 41 mm, the back of which is engraved with a design representing a horse jumping an obstacle. Protected by a sapphire glass, the dial is available in black or silver. The timepiece displays the hours and minutes with a center-sweep seconds plus the date and has a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock. The red, centrally mounted hand shows the hundredths of a second on the flange. A counter at 10 o’clock displays the faults and penalty points, while the counter at 2 o’clock shows the two possible Tables (A or C) as well as the seconds timed. A 45-second scale enables the user to follow the countdown after the bell has been rung for each competitor to start their round. The watch is fitted on a steel bracelet with a folding safety clasp.