After a breathtaking competition, Jos Verlooy (BEL) won the Gran Premio Longines di Ascona with Caracas. He was followed by Robert Whitaker (GBR) with Catwalk IV on the second and Elian Baumann (SUI) with Campari Z 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 27th edition as Title Partner and Official Timekeeper.
The Official Watch of this year’s Longines CSI Ascona is a model from the collection HydroConquest. Its bezel is enhanced with a blue ceramic insert, which matches the colour of the dial, adding a touch of brilliance and modern styling. Scratch-resistant, it ties together the fully modernized design and sporty silhouette of this collection. This timepiece combines technical excellence and traditional elegance, two of the brand's greatest values.
The collaboration between Longines and the Longines CSI Ascona reinforces the brand’s traditional commitment in equestrian sports and makes Longines a major player in this field. Longines has been associated with the equestrian world since its inception. The oldest known Longines watch decorated with equestrian motifs dates from 1869, and ushered in a handsome series of equestrian-themed pocket watches. The brand’s early ties with horses encouraged the watchmakers of Saint-Imier to pursue advances in sports timekeeping for equestrian competitions. In 1878, the winged hourglass brand developed its first chronograph movement, the legendary 20H. In addition, the Swiss watch brand was associated for the first time with a show jumping event in 1912. Today, Longines is passionately committed to the equestrian world and its various disciplines.