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Her Majesty the Queen launches the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
The Queen’s Baton Relay was launched today at Buckingham Palace, where her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. As the proud Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay, Longines witnessed this important moment that brought together diverse cultures and communities of the Commonwealth family in celebration of the Games next year. The Baton will depart from Birmingham on October 8 and make its way to 72 nations and territories across the Commonwealth, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas for a total of 140,000 kilometres and 269 days as the international sector of the relay. As part of its dedicated support for this ambitious journey to inspire the next generation and promote the unity of the modern and diverse Commonwealth of today, Longines will welcome the Baton in many of its boutiques all around the world for this unparalleled opportunity that brings communities together during the global pandemic. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from July 28 to August 8, 2022. This event will hold special significance for both Longines and the Commonwealth Games, as it will mark the beginning of the first ever multi-Commonwealth Games partnership between Longines and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) for the next three editions of the Commonwealth Games, starting with the Games next year. This partnership will in particular underscore Longines’ role as the Presenting Partner of Athletics and Gymnastics and Co-Presenting Partner of Table Tennis and Rugby 7's.%break%Longines’ longstanding ties with the Commonwealth Games date back to the last century, where it was originally a partner of the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games. These strong bonds were further reinforced when Longines renewed its partnership for Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018. Throughout this historical partnership, Longines brought a wealth of experience and expertise in timekeeping and ensured high precision and accuracy of the timing of various sport disciplines. As the Official Partner and Official Timekeeper of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Longines will continue helping the foremost athletes looking to create their own moments of history at the Games with Longines’ timing and scoring equipment of the highest precision, and support these finest talents striving for perfection and excellence in their glittering sports careers.
The Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition for Hodinkee : a collaboration between Hodinkee and Longines
The Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition for HODINKEE takes its inspiration from the rich heritage of Longines, while at the same time, this limited edition timepiece feel contemporary for the modern watch enthusiasts. So, HODINKEE looked to the Longines Heritage Classic "Sector,” as its source of inspiration, with its ideal mix of classical proportions and design. In this updated take, the dial design references the chronometers built by Longines in the 1900s, featuring a two-tone cream dial with a delicate brushed silver finish. The traditional Sector cross-hair pattern that divides the dial into four quadrants has been removed, creating a clean aesthetic.%break%And instead of the more traditional Arabic or Roman numerals, painted strokes of black are used for the hour and markers, creating a pleasant contrast to the overall coloration of the dial and easy legibility. The small seconds at six o’clock is finished with concentric circles, offering a slightly different tone to the sub-dial, setting it apart from the rest of the watch. The heat-blued hands add a touch of color and contrast, and the beads-of-rice bracelet (and bonus leather strap) provide ultimate comfort and wearability. With a brushed stainless steel case size of 38.5 mm, and 11 mm tall, the Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition for HODINKEE can be worn comfortably on a variety of wrist sizes. And with its stepped bezel and long, tapered lugs, the resulting look creates an on the wrist presence that is perfect for daily wear at the office or in a more casual setting. Each watch in this limited run of 500 is chronometer certified by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). The Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition for Hodinkee houses the caliber L893.4, exclusively developed for Longines. It has a silicon balance spring and an ample power reserve of 72 hours.
During the event, the brand highlighted a model from The Longines Master Collection as the Official Watch of the event. The self-winding movement timepiece is characterized by a moonphase indicator and a refined aesthetic creating a balance between technical excellence and classic elegance. As part of its partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Swiss watch brand is also proud to be the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races week, including the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship held on Wednesday December 8th and the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races held on Sunday December 12th. LONGINES’ passion for equestrian sports dates back to 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and its horse that could be used for precise timing to a second. As of 1881, this model was extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, and was soon being used by most of the sports judges in New York. Today, LONGINES’ involvement in equestrian sports includes horseracing, show jumping, driving, eventing and dressage competitions.
At the grand Final of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM that took place in the stunning setting of the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona this year, the Swiss watch brand continued playing a pivotal role in supporting the world’s leading riders and providing timekeeping expertise in this elite-level event of show jumping. The climax of the competition had to be the victory of the Netherlands consisting of Maikel van der Vleuten on Beauville Z, Willem Greve on Carambole, Sanne Thijssen on Con Quidam Rb and Harrie Smolders on Monaco. These outstanding talents filled the stadium with energy and, most importantly, with their absolute elegance and pinpoint precision mirroring Longines’ long-term values in watchmaking. Ireland and Belgium finished second and third, respectively, leaving indelible memories to the enraptured spectators with their conviction and tenacity, qualities necessary for them to excel in their future competitions. To reward the winning team, Longines CEO Matthias Breschan, presented elegant Longines timepieces to Team Netherlands for their great performances.%break%On Saturday October 2nd, Longines further enhanced its strong presence at the event by its association with the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM Final – the Longines Challenge Cup. Team Great Britain kept gold in their sights and clinched the victory at this spectacular competition. Team France and Team Norway thrived under pressure and displayed their constant pursuit of excellence by arriving second and third, respectively. To strengthen Longines’ support for the boldest riders in show jumping, the Brand Manager of Longines Spain, Elena Orozco presented elegant Longines timepieces to the winning team for their brilliant victory. During the three-day event, Longines was privileged to present the Official Watch, a brand new moonphase model for women from The Longines Master Collection. A consummate display of elegance, character and purity, this new masterpiece of The Longines Master Collection is both feminine and technical, showcasing the brand’s success of incorporating the aesthetic codes and watchmaking complications into one meticulously designed creation. With its elegant appeal and technical sophistication, this timepiece is the vivacious blend of classic elegance and watchmaking tradition.