Longines Celebrates Country House’s Kentucky Derby Victory
This weekend, Louisville (USA) beat to the rhythm of horseracing. On Saturday, the Kentucky Derby, also known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports”, took place at Churchill Down. On that occasion, Country House, ridden by Flavien Prat, was declared the winner after disqualification for interference of Maximum Security. To mark their victory, Longines awarded Country House’s owner, trainer and jockey with Longines timepieces before an engaged crowd of spectators.
The Derby race represented the pinnacle of an exciting weekend of sport and elegance, with many highlights on and off the track. Earlier on Saturday, the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile prize was claimed by Beau Recall, ridden by Irad Ortiz, who established a lead over Got Stormy and Daddy Is a Legend, close behind.
On Friday, Longines served as Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Longines Kentucky Oaks, with an exciting win from Serengeti Empress, ridden by Jose Ortiz. The Longines Prize for Elegance also made an elegant spectacle from the most fashionably attired attendees at Churchill Downs, who worked the pink carpet in their finery, vying for the coveted Longines Prize for Elegance and the chance to win a Longines watch. A panel of judges, including Longines U.S. Brand President Pascal Savoy, selected the most elegant contestants, in keeping with the brand’s motto, “Elegance is an Attitude.”
Presenting the Official Watches of the 2019 Longines Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby:
The spectators of the Longines Kentucky Oaks had the opportunity to discover the Official Watch of the event, a model from the Longines Master Collection. With its contemporary blue dial, glittering diamond indexes, and polished stainless-steel bracelet, this timepiece blends classic elegance and excellence, for the greatest pleasure of watchmaking enthusiasts. Its self-winding movement and power reserve also ensure this Swiss-made Longines watch’s elegance is matched only by its precision and quality.
As the Official Watch of the Kentucky Derby, Longines was proud to highlight its chronograph model from the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” collection. The latter represents a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. Displaying a blue dial, this watch houses an ultra-precise movement (+-5 seconds/year), a chronograph caliber and a perpetual calendar.
About Longines: Based in Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832, the watchmaking company Longines wields expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships, and as partner of international sports federations, Longines has built strong and long-lasting relationships in the world of sport over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watch manufacturer. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in over 150 countries.