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Jumping; Longines Global Champions Tour; Berlin; 2018
July 29, 2018
Longines Global Champions Tour - Berlin 2018

The twelfth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour gathered this weekend some of the world’s best riders and horses. As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the series, Longines is proud to have timed the victory of Alberto Zorzi on Fair Light van T Heike, ahead of Christian Ahlmann on Clintrexo Z and Pieter Devos on Claire Z, during the weekend’s highlight trial, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Berlin. In recognition for his great achievement, Longines was delighted to grant him an elegant timepiece.

This prestigious event was the occasion chosen by the Swiss watch brand to highlight the Official Watch from the Record collection. This line combines classic elegance and excellence, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand. Moreover, the automatic timepieces of this line house a chronometer movement with unique properties, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

This victory in Berlin handed Alberto Zorzi the twelfth golden ticket to the Longines Global Champions Super Tour Grand Prix, where he will line up against the winners of the previous legs. For the very first time, the final event will be staged in the magical Czech capital Prague, promising unforgettable excitement for all equestrian sports enthusiasts in attendance.

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Jumping; Longines FEI Nations Cup; Division 1; The Longines Royal International Horse Show
July 29, 2018
Longines FEI Nations Cup - Division 1 - The Longines Royal International Horse Show

On Sunday 29 July, Team Ireland, composed of Trevor Breen, Richie Maloney, Michael Duffy and Anthony Condon, swept to victory at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain in Hickstead. Team Great Britain took second place on home soil followed by the Brazilian representatives. On Friday, the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, another highlight of the event, was won by Kevin Jochems (NED) on Captain Cooper. He was followed by Massimo Grossato on Lazzaro (IT) delle Schiave and british rider Amanda Derbyshire on Roulette BH.

As the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series, the Swiss watchmaking brand was proud to reward the winners of the two competitions with elegant Longines timepieces. In addition, the spectators of this world-class show jumping event had the opportunity to discover the Official Watch of the event, a model of the Record collection, which combines classic elegance and excellence, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand.

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Horse Racing; King George Day; The Longines Handicap Stakes
July 28, 2018
Horse Racing
King George Day, The Longines Handicap Stakes

Longines was proud to serve as Official Partner and Timekeeper of Royal Racecourse by providing its innovative Longines Tracking System to the King George Day. Successfully inaugurated last June during Royal Ascot, this extremely accurate technology provides instant data on the exact position of horses during a race, race rankings, the distance between horses as well as their acceleration and deceleration. In addition, it measures the horses’ covered and remaining distance in the race. Another attractive feature is the fact that the system does not require any permanent installation on the racecourse, as it is entirely based on satellite data, which enables racecourses located in protected historical or natural sites to be equipped with such advanced technology.

Another highlight for Longines was the victory of Cliffs of Capri led by Gina Andrews in the Longines Handicap Stakes for Lady Riders. In recognition of their remarkable performance, the brand presented Gina Andrews, Melbourne 10 Racing, winning owner, Jamie Osborne, winning trainer and the winning groom with elegant Longines timepieces.

As the Official Watch of the King George Day, Longines has highlighted a model from the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” collection, representing a new achievement in the field of quartz and combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. Featuring a silver dial, this steel timepiece is equipped with a movement developed exclusively for Longines and renowned for both its high degree of precision for an analog watch (± 5 seconds/year) and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field.


Longines’ passion for equestrian sports dates back more than 140 years. In 1878 already, it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount.  Seen on the racetracks as early as 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the second. Longines’ involvement in equestrian sports includes flat racing, show-jumping, endurance, dressage, driving and eventing competitions. Longines chose to support equestrian sports as a perfect illustration of tradition, performance and elegance, which are the key values of the brand.

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Magnier Family; O’Brien; 2018 Longines; IFHA; International Award of Merit
July 24, 2018
Horse Racing
Magnier Family and Aidan O’Brien to Receive 2018 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit

Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, as well as Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), and Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, will take part in the ceremony. As the Official Partner and Official Watch of the IFHA, Swiss watchmaker Longines and the IFHA jointly created the Award of Merit in 2013 in order to honor public figures for their outstanding contribution to the world of horse racing.

Representing the Magnier family, MV Magnier, said, “We are most grateful to Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities for this recognition, and while the award may have the Magnier name on it we know that we are part of a much larger family which includes our partners, the Smiths and the Tabors, along with all the O’Briens at Ballydoyle. A big thanks to all.”


Aidan O’Brien said, “Our thanks to the Magnier family, the Smiths and the Tabors for helping to make Ballydoyle what it is today. We are privileged to be associated with such wonderful people who leave no stone unturned as we try to get the best out of every horse. We really appreciate the tremendous and unfailing support of all the team at Ballydoyle, whose commitment is second to none, I would like to thank them all.”


Kavanagh, also a vice-chairman of the IFHA, said, “It is a source of great pride that those we honour today hail from Ireland, yet are recognized the world over. With its origins in County Tipperary, the Magnier family has built an unrivalled global operation that has been responsible for so many of the greatest equine stars the world has seen. In Aidan O’Brien, the Coolmore partners have the best trainer in the world, indeed a world record holder after his exploits last year. Their successes do so much to promote Ireland as a global leader when it comes to breeding and racing, and I wish the Magnier family and Aidan, Annemarie and their family every success for the future.”


Coolmore is a name synonymous with global success at the highest level, both as a breeding and racing entity. The world-renowned operation came together when John Magnier joined forces with Ballydoyle trainer Vincent O’Brien and business magnate Robert Sagster in the 1970s. The partnership’s first major winner was The Minstrel in the 1977 Epsom Derby, and its first major homebred was Sadler’s Wells. A top-class racehorse, upon his retirement Sadler’s Wells rewrote the stud books by becoming the 14-time leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland.

Magnier is married to Vincent O’Brien’s daughter Susan, and they have five children—Tom, Kate, JP, MV and Sammy Jo. He acquired both Ballydoyle and Coolmore after O’Brien’s retirement and Sangster’s death.


Aidan O’Brien (no relation to Vincent) became the trainer at Ballydoyle in 1996. That year, Coolmore’s Desert King provided him with his first Group 1 winner on the Flat in the National Stakes at the Curragh. O’Brien had taken out his trainer’s license in 1993 and got his start with National Hunt horses, most notably the legendary Istabraq, a son of Sadler’s Wells.%break%Another son of Sadler’s Wells, Coolmore’s Galileo, would give O’Brien his first of six Epsom Derby winners and would go on to become one of the premier stallions in history. In 2016, European Horse of the Year Minding, a daughter of Galileo, gave O'Brien his 250th Group/Grade 1 winner on the flat when taking the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. In 2017, Highland Reel, a son of Galileo, gave O’Brien his 300th Group/Grade 1 winner (flat and National Hunt combined) by winning the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, which was timed by Longines.

Last year, with 28 Group/Grade 1 victories, O’Brien broke the world record for Group/Grade 1 wins in a single season by a trainer, besting Bobby Frankel's mark of 25 set in 2003.  He has been crowned champion Irish Flat trainer in terms of prize-money won every season since 1999 and has won Group/Grade 1 races across the globe, including in Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. The majority of O’Brien’s big-race winners have carried the colours of the Coolmore partners to victory.


O’Brien and his wife, Annemarie, have four children—Joseph, Sarah, Ana and Donnacha—and all of them became jockeys. In 2012, O'Brien and Joseph became the first father-son/trainer-jockey pair to win the Epsom Derby with Coolmore’s Camelot. In 2018, Joseph, now a trainer, defeated his father in the Irish Derby with Latrobe. Brother Donnacha was in the irons.


Previous winners of the Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit include Yutaka Take, the Romanet family, Jim Bolger, Alec Head, Seth Hancock, and the late Marcel Zarour Atanacio.


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 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
  • Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
  • Harmonization of Race Day Rules
  • 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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Show Jumping, La Coruna; 2018
July 22, 2018
Casas Novas Summer Edition 2018

On Saturday 21 July 2018, French rider Guillaume Foutrier and his mount Tchin de la Tour earned victory at the Longines Trophy held during the International Show Jumping of A Coruña. He was followed by compatriot Alexis Deroubaix on Timon d’Aure and Eric van der Vleuten (NED) on Zigali P S. As the Official Partner, Timekeeper and Watch of the event, the Swiss watchmaking brand Longines was proud to reward the winner with an elegant timepiece in recognition of his great performance. The spectators present at the 2018 edition of this world-class event had the occasion to discover the Official Watch, the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” model, representing a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance.

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Jumping; Longines CSI 5*Ascona
July 22, 2018
Longines CSI 5*Ascona

After a breathtaking competition, the French rider Penelope Leprevost won the Grand Prix Longines in Ascona with Gain Line. She was followed by Irma Karlsson (Sweden) with Ida van de Bisschop on the second and Robert Whitaker from Great Britain with Catwalk IV on the third place. The winner received an elegant Longines watch.

As the only five-star jumping competition in Italian-speaking Switzerland, the Longines CSI Ascona took place this year again on a very special site: the former Ascona airport. The Swiss watch brand was proud to support the Longines CSI Ascona for its 26th edition as Title Partner and Official Timekeeper.

The Official Watch of this year’s Longines CSI Ascona was an elegant model from the Record collection. Every single model is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

The brand is proud of its involvement in equestrian sports, which dates back to 1878 when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his horse. In addition, the Swiss watch brand has been partnering with show jumping events since 1912. Today, Longines' commitment to equestrian sports includes - besides show-jumping - flat-racing, eventing, endurance, dressage and driving competitions.

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