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Longines; Title Partner; Longines PfingstTurnier Wiesbaden
April 23, 2019
Longines becomes the Title Partner of the Longines PfingstTurnier Wiesbaden

Passionate about the equestrian world since its very beginnings, the Swiss watch brand Longines is delighted to further strengthen its links with the equestrian sports by becoming the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Longines PfingstTurnier Wiesbaden. This international fixture, initiated 90 years ago already by the WRFC, will take place from June 7 to 10 June 2019 at the Biebrich Schlosspark and feature events in four disciplines: show jumping, dressage, eventing and vaulting. It will conclude with the highlight trial, the Longines Grand Prix Großer Preis der Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden, to which Longines is proud to lend its name.


“We are delighted by this new partnership between the WRFC and Longines, which combines both continuity and opportunity“, commented Kristina Dyckerhoff, President of the WRFC. “Horses are the absolute focus for myself, my colleagues at the WRFC, as well as for Longines. The important tradition encapsulated in this competition, together with our love for equestrian sports and the unique scenery of the Biebrich Schlosspark create year after year an unparalleled event, and we look forward to living the next edition with Longines as a partner.”%break%Matthieu Baumgartner, Longines Vice President Marketing, added: "It is with great pride that Longines has joined forces with the Wiesbadener Reit- und Fahr-Club and has become the Title Partner of the Longines PfingstTurnier Wiesbaden. Steeped in history, this event is in line with the values both equestrian sports and Longines promote, namely tradition, elegance and performance.  Our brand has been involved in equestrian sports for more than a century and a half, and we look forward to providing our timekeeping expertise and technical know-how to all competitions of the event.”

Longines’ passion for equestrian world dates back to 1869, when it produced a pocket watch engraved with a proud horse head. In 1912 already, the Swiss watch brand first partnered with an international show jumping competition in Portugal. Today, Longines’ involvement in equestrian sports includes show jumping, dressage, driving, endurance and eventing competitions, as well as horse racing.
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Longines Global Champions Tour of Miami; Jumping; 2019
April 20, 2019
Longines Global Champions Tour of Miami 2019

The third leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour gathered this weekend some of the world’s best riders and horses on the sands of South Beach. As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Tour, Longines is proud to have timed the victory of Belgium Pieter Devos on Claire Z, ahead of Dutch Harrie Smolders on Don VHP Z N.O.P. and Swedish Malin Baryard-Johnsson on H&M Indiana, during the weekend’s highlight trial, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Miami Beach. In recognition of his great performance, Pieter Devos was presented with an elegant Longines timepiece from the hands of Pascal Savoy, Longines Brand Manager U.S.

Perfectly in line with Longines’ motto “Elegance is an attitude”, the elegance of the heart was the Saturday’s key message. During the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Miami Beach, Longines lent its support to JustWorld International – a charity organization which collects funds to help impoverished children – through the “Longines Clear The Jump” program, in which 200 meals are offered each time the Longines jumps were cleared. In total, today, Longines helped to offer 5000 meals to the beneficiaries of JustWorld International’s actions.

Over the weekend, Longines was proud to highlight a model of the HydroConquest collection as the Official Watch of the event. Drawing its inspiration from the fascinating world of water sports, the HydroConquest collection combines technical excellence and traditional elegance and is perfectly suited to this prestigious oceanside equestrian event.

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Longines; new all-ceramic; Longines’ HydroConquest; Mexico City
April 12, 2019
A Longines lança o novo modelo integralmente em cerâmica, ampliando a sua linha HydroConquest, na Cidade do México
Na sexta-feira, 12 de abril, a Longines revelou o seu novo modelo integralmente em cerâmica, que amplia a coleção HydroConquest da marca, durante um evento exclusivo realizado na sua boutique no Palacio de Hierro, localizada no bairro de Polanco, próximo da Cidade do México. Como uma estreia mundial, o vice-presidente da Longines, Charles Villoz, apresentou este novo relógio fabricado integralmente em cerâmica preta aos convidados e a um grupo restrito de meios de comunicação.
O perfil dinâmico deste relógio vem completar uma linha recentemente ampliada com versões que apresentam uma inserção de cerâmica colorida na luneta. A coleção HydroConquest, que combina a excelência técnica e a elegância tradicional da marca, inspira-se no universo dos desportos aquáticos.
Recentemente, a Longines deu um novo brilho à linha HydroConquest ao criar elegantes modelos adornados com uma inserção de cerâmica colorida na luneta. Atualmente, a marca dá um passo em frente na utilização deste material exclusivo com um modelo inteiramente fabricado em cerâmica preta, cuja luneta ostenta, com orgulho, a sua composição química: ZrO2. Este material altamente técnico e resistente aos riscos adapta-se na perfeição ao estilo desportivo do novo relógio HydroConquest. A sua estética audaz é acentuada pelos diferentes acabamentos de cada um dos seus componentes: um mostrador mate, uma caixa polida, uma luneta redonda acetinada e um fundo que combina um efeito circular mate e acetinado.
A coleção HydroConquest, uma representação icónica dos relógios desportivos criados pela Longines, está à altura das expectativas dos amantes do alto mar, sem renunciar à elegância da marca relojoeira suíça. Preservando a estética tradicional dos relógios de mergulho, o novo HydroConquest inspira-se nas exigências únicas deste desporto. Estanquidade até 300 metros, luneta rotativa unidirecional, coroa de rosca e fecho de báscula de segurança dupla são características que enaltecem o estilo deste relógio.
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Longines Global Champions Tour of Mexico; Jumping; 2019
April 12, 2019
Longines Global Champions Tour of Mexico 2019

The second leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, of which Longines is the Title Partner and the Official Timekeeper, was rounded off this Sunday by the stunning victory of Belgium rider Jerome Guery on Quel Homme de Hus at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Mexico City. To celebrate his achievement, Jerome Guery was presented with an elegant Longines timepiece from the hands of Charles Villoz, Longines Vice President.

This great weekend of intense competitions was also the perfect occasion for Longines to present the Official Watch of the event, a new model of its iconic HydroConquest collection, which combines technical excellence and traditional excellence, both distinguished hallmarks of the brand. This timepiece features a bezel enhanced with a coloured ceramic insert adding a touch of brilliance and modern styling.

On Friday April 12, Longines unveiled a new all-ceramic version broadening Longines’ HydroConquest collection during an exclusive event held in its Palacio de Hierro boutique, located in the Polanco neighbour of Mexico City. As a world premiere, Longines Vice President Charles Villoz presented to guests and selected media this new timepiece entirely made from black ceramic, whose dial proudly displays its chemical composition: ZrO2. This highly technical and scratch-resistant material is perfectly suited to the sporty look of the new HydroConquest watch. Its boldness is further heightened by the different finished of each of its components: a matte dial, a polished case, a round satin bezel and a back blending a circular satin and matte finish.

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IFHA & Longines Award of Merit; Award; 2019
April 11, 2019
Horse Racing
IFHA & Longines Award of Merit 2019

As the Official Partner and Official Watch of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Swiss watchmaker Longines was proud to present the 2019 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit to industry leader John Messara, who is the first Australian to receive the award.

“I’m very grateful to receive the Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit because it is presented by my international peers, and much of my work over the past four decades has focussed on elevating Australian racing and breeding and communicating our success around the world,” said Messara. “I acknowledge especially the unflinching support of my wife, Kris, and our four children; all of my team, past & present, at Arrowfield; the Boards & Executives of Racing New South Wales and Racing Australia; and two excellent Ministers for Racing, the Honourable George Souris AM and the Honourable Troy Grant.

“I’ve also been blessed by an incomparable dynasty of champion stallions that has shaped my career and the entire Australian thoroughbred industry over the past 30 years. Danehill, Redoute’s Choice and now Snitzel – thank you.”

Previous winners of the International Award of Merit include the Magnier family and trainer Aidan O’Brien, the driving forces behind Coolmore and the Ballydoyle Racing Stable in Ireland; Yutaka Take, legendary Japanese jockey; the Romanet family, long renowned leaders in both the French and international world of horseracing; Jim Bolger, leading Irish trainer, owner and breeder; Alec Head, past champion trainer and patriarch of prominent stud farm Haras du Quesnay; Seth Hancock of historic Claiborne Farm in America; and the late Marcel Zarour Atanacio, former chairman of the South American organization for the promotion of Thoroughbreds (OSAF).

The International Award of Merit was created in 2013 by Longines and the IFHA in order to honour public figures for their outstanding contribution to the world of horse racing. As Official Partner and Official Watch of the IFHA, Longines additionally awards several other prizes in recognition of excellence in this discipline in collaboration with the IFHA. The winners are honoured throughout the year in ceremonies attended by representatives from across the entire profession.

“It is a great honour and pleasure to recognise tonight Mr. John Messara’s dedication to Thoroughbred racing, a sport dear to the brand,” said Walter von Känel, president of Longines. “Indeed, for one century and a half, our love for the equestrian world has steadily increased, and today we have become the main partner of international institutions and events in the disciplines of horse racing, but also show jumping, eventing, endurance, dressage and driving. More than that, our commitment to equestrian sports is based on common shared values: Tradition, Elegance and Performance. It perfectly embodies our long-time partnership with the IFHA, of which Longines is the proud Official Partner and Official watch.”

Representatives from both Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities were in Australia to celebrate Messara’s achievements.

“I have the utmost respect for John Messara, and it is an honour for me to be in Sydney for the presentation of the seventh Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit,” said Louis Romanet, chairman of the IFHA. “The recipients of the first six awards confirm the dynamic global nature of 21st century breeding and racing. He is a very deserving recipient of the prestigious 2019 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit.”%break%About John Messara, recipient of the 2019 Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit

Messara has been a key figure in Australian racing for more than three decades, and he is the owner and chairman of Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales. The highly successful and respected farm, which was founded in 1985, identified, purchased and launched the career of breed-shaping champion sire Danehill in Australia and is currently home to his champion sire grandson Snitzel.

Among his many titles, Messara has served as chairman of Racing New South Wales (December 2011- December 2016), inaugural chairman of Racing Australia (January 2014-December 2016), vice-chairman of the Asian Racing Federation (2014-2016), president of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (2007-2008), and inaugural chairman of Aushorse (2001-2008).

Previous accolades Messara has received include Life Membership of the Australian Turf Club (2016), the Thoroughbred Breeders NSW inaugural Heroic Award (2011), and appointment by the Australian government in 2008 as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Messara, who was born in 1947, attended the University of New South Wales. After graduating in 1968, he commenced work with Edwin V Nixon & Partners (Arthur Young & Co), chartered accountants, before joining the firm of Ralph King & Yuill, Member of the Sydney Stock Exchange, and establishing their European branch in Geneva, Switzerland. He returned to Australia and was elected a Member of the Sydney Stock Exchange in 1973. 

That same year, Messara married his wife, Kristine. They have four children: Dr. Louise Messara; Paul Messara, Group 1 trainer and manager, Arrowfield Stud; Michael Messara, a director of the Arrowfield Group; and media presenter and producer Susanne Gray.



About Longines

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Longines has built solid and lasting ties with the world of sport over the years, with a wealth of experience as timekeeper for sports championships around the globe and a partner of numerous international sports federations. Renowned for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world's leading watch manufacturer. Known by its winged hourglass logo, the brand is today present in over 150 different countries.

About the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA)
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its 60 members are the national racing authorities across the globe which stage Thoroughbred races.

Major areas of the IFHA’s activities include:

  • Making and amending the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (the IABRW)
  • Policy development relating to welfare and safety of horses and riders
  • International Race Planning and Grading (“black type”)
  • World Rankings
  • The fight against Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
  • Harmonization of Race Day Rules
  • Certification of IFHA Reference Labs
  • Fostering commercial development of the racing industry globally

The IFHA is a foundation member with Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) of the International Horse Sports Confederation and is affiliated to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

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new; all-ceramic version;Longines HydroConquest collection
April 10, 2019
A new all-ceramic version broadens the Longines HydroConquest collection

Longines has recently given its HydroConquest line a new brilliance by creating sleek models featuring a bezel embellished with a coloured ceramic insert. Today, the brand goes even further in using this exclusive material with a model entirely made from black ceramic whose dial proudly displays its chemical composition: ZrO2. This highly technical and scratch-resistant material is perfectly suited to the sporty look of the new HydroConquest watch. Its boldness is further heightened by the different finishes of each of its components: a matte dial, a polished case, a round satin bezel and a back blending a circular satin and matte finish.


An iconic representation of the sports watches created by Longines, the HydroConquest collection meets the expectations of those who are drawn to the open sea while remaining true to the elegance of the Swiss watchmaker. Preserving the traditional style of diving watches, the new HydroConquest is inspired by the unique requirements of the sport. Its water resistance to 300 metres, unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-in crown and double security folding clasp are all features that emphasize the style of this timepiece.%break%Inside its 43 mm case, this three-hand and a calendar watch features a self-winding mechanical movement (L888.3) developed exclusively for Longines. The radiant white of its Super-LumiNova® coated indexes and hands contrasts with the deep black of its dial. The new HydroConquest comes with a black rubber strap offering precise size adjustment for optimal comfort.


With its strong identity and highly distinguished lines, this all-ceramic version will find its rightful place on the wrists of aquatic sports lovers who seek to combine performance and elegance.

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