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Longines China Tour
2018-09-16
Jumping
Longines China Tour

This weekend was marked by the first leg of the Longines China Tour, which took place for the very first time in an exceptional venue: the Great Wall in Beijing.
 

Dutch rider Vincent Vermeulen riding Ceylon claimed the victory in the Longines Grand Prix, finishing ahead of Kenneth Cheng on Chaccopia and Jirigala Erdeng on Brikibo vd Bosbeek. In recognition for his exceptional performance, Vermeulen was presented with an elegant timepiece from the hands of Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice president and Head of International Marketing.
 

In line with its motto “Elegance is an Attitude”, the Swiss watch brand was also proud to welcome three Chinese celebrities to the event, namely Xiong Zi Qi, Wu Xin, and Xing Zhao Lin.
 

During the Longines China Tour of Beijing Great Wall, the brand highlighted a ladies model from the Record collection, combining elegance and excellence. Displaying a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond indexes, this timepiece is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), a designation awarded to all of the pieces in the Record collection.

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Longines Irish Champions Weekend; Dublin; 2018
2018-09-16
Horse Racing
Longines Irish Champions Weekend - Dublin

Longines was proud to be continue its role as the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper for Longines Irish Champions Weekend, taking place on Ireland’s two premier racecourses, at Leopardstown and the Curragh.

The two-day meeting, rapidly establishing itself as one of the leading flat racing events in the world, featured the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, won by Roaring Lion ridden by Oisin Murphy and the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh, claimed by Flag of Honour, led by Ryan Moore.  Longines rewarded winning owners, trainers and jockeys of these two prestigious races with elegant timepieces.

At both racecourses over the Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Longines also presented the Longines Prize of Elegance and rewarded the most elegant lady and gent of each day with elegant watches.

The Swiss watch brand further celebrated the refined elegance of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend with a model from the Record collection, the Official Watch of the event. This piece displays a white mother-of-pearl dial with 13 diamonds indexes and is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). A stainless steel bracelet completes this exceptional timepiece.

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Uppercourt Cappucino, Mystic van 'T Hoogeinde and Solid Gold Z are the winners of the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses
2018-09-16
Jumping
FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses

On September 16, 2018, the Swiss watch brand Longines timed the victory of Uppercourt Cappucino in the under 5 years old category, Mystic van 'T Hoogeinde in the 6 years old category and Solid Gold Z in the 7 years old category. These three top horses were led by Richard Howley from Ireland, Jeroen de Winter from Belgium and Christian Ahlmann from Germany respectively.

 

The Official Watch of the event

Longines was proud to highlight a model from the Record collection as the Official Watch of the event. Displaying a white matt dial with 12 painted roman numerals, this model is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). A stainless steel bracelet completes this exceptional piece.

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36th Rytmic Gymnastics World Championships 2018; Sofia; Gymnastics;
2018-09-14
Gymnastics
36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2018 - Sofia

As the Official Partner and Official Timekeeper of the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2018 in Sofia, Longines was proud to present the Longines Prize for Elegance to Russia’s Aleksandra Soldatova. She distinguished herself from all participants of the all-around finals for the grace, beauty, harmony, and above all elegance of her performance, a value cherished by Longines. The jury of the Longines Prize for Elegance comprised Walter von Känel, President of Longines, Morinari Watanabe, President of the International Gymnastics Federation, Maria Petrova, Ambassador of the Event – three-time World All-around champion and three-time European All-around champion – and Dmitri Dmitriev, Regional Sales Manager for Longines.
 

Set up in 1997, the Longines Prize for Elegance takes the form of a trophy representing a gymnast in movement created especially for Longines by the Swiss artist Jean-Pierre Gerber. In addition, the winner received an elegant Longines timepiece and a cheque.
During the event, Longines was proud to witness the outstanding performances of its Ambassadors of Elegance, the twin sisters Dina and Arina Averina. The latter won a gold medal in the Hoop, Ball and Club finals, while the former finished third in the Hoop and Club finals. The Russian athletes were seen wearing with the Official Watch of the event, the ladies model of The Longines Master Collection Blue Edition, which displays a sunray blue dial with diamond indexes matching its blue alligator strap.


Longines and gymnastics

For over thirty years, the brand has been the Official Partner and Timekeeper for artistic and rhythmic gymnastics competitions organized by the International Gymnastics Federation. At these events, Longines provides the necessary infrastructure and personnel for calculating times, presenting scores, processing data (start lists, results, and medals) and displaying it on the results screens, on the commentators’ information system as well as transmitting it to the television companies that are covering the competitions.
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Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting, New launch,2018,frequent travelers;Roma
2018-09-10
Corporate
Longines presents the new Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting

The Lanterna di Fuksas, a majestic and contemporary dome made of glass and steel overlooking the eternal city, played host on Sunday to an exceptional event organised to mark the international launch of the Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting. This event, focused on travel, took its guests on a journey across the world, easily changing time zones. It was the ideal occasion for a hundred or so journalists and influencers from across the globe to discover the winged hourglass brand’s latest design in the presence of Walter von Känel, President of Longines, and Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice-President of Longines and Head of International Marketing.
 

During the course of the evening, Longines also unveiled the new campaign designed for the Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting. Developed around the theme of travel, it stages the brand’s Ambassadors of Elegance in different cities, at home or away. A unique campaign, thought up for an outstanding watch.
 

Like other variations available in this collection, the Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting houses an exclusive, cutting-edge movement that boasts a remarkable ability to simplify every aspect of the user experience: ultraprecision (±5 s/yr), Gear Position Detection (GPD) system that resets the hands after an impact or magnetic field exposure, smart crown, very long battery life and perpetual calendar that extends to 2399.
 

However, the new Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting continues to push the V.H.P. technology further, providing globetrotters with even greater comfort. It is equipped with a second time zone and a light-driven management system, known as Flash Setting. A must for all travellers, this timepiece can be easily set manually using the crown, or through its innovative Flash Setting function. Flash Setting is what makes fast and direct time setting possible without using the crown, while providing rigorous precision in displayed time. The system relies on the user’s smartphone and dedicated application but requires no external connection, such as WiFi or Bluetooth. The information recorded in the application is transmitted via light sequences emitted by the smartphone’s flash to a tiny opening on the watch dial, concealed in the number 12. The Swap function offers another remarkable benefit, allowing the user to interchange home time and travel time on the display simply by applying pressure to the crown, for even greater reading comfort anywhere in the world.
 

These steel or black PVD watches come in two sizes (41 and 43-mm diameter) and, in addition to a second time zone marked by a thin imperial arrow hand, display the hours, the minutes, the seconds and the date (perpetual calendar). The handling of each model is made simple with the smart crown and Flash Setting system, while two distinct indicators (E.O.L. and E.O.E.) preventively signal the end of battery life. Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting models come with a blue, carbon fibre, silvered or black dial. All are stamped with “Home Time” and “Travel Time” symbols at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock respectively. A steel or black PVD bracelet or a blue or black rubber watch strap completes these exceptional timepieces.
 

Elegant and reliable, the Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting is poised to become the new benchmark for travel enthusiasts, and the cutting-edge of V.H.P. technology.

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Longines Global Champions Tour; Roma; 2018; Jumping
2018-09-09
Jumping
Longines Global Champions Tour - Roma

The fifteenth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour gathered this weekend the world’s best riders and horses in the sumptuous arena of the Stadio dei Marmi, ringed by 60 classical marble statues depicting different sports. As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the series, Longines is proud to have timed the stunning victory of Ben Maher riding Explosion W in the weekend’s highlight trial, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Rome. The English rider finished ahead of Henrik von Eckermann on Cantinero and Jos Verlooy on Caracas, who secured the second and third place respectively. Longines President Walter von Känel presented Ben Maher with an elegant Longines timepiece as a reward for his great performance, together with Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli.

This victory handed him one of the last golden tickets to the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix, where he will line up against the winners of the previous legs. Indeed, the winners of the previous legs will be invited to compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix, staged in the famous Czech capital Prague, to decide who will come out on top of the world’s best athletes.

In addition, the overall Longines Global Champions Tour ranking battle is an intense affair as there is one last leg before the Longines Global Champions Tour finale, held in Doha, Qatar. Ben Maher is leading the charge with 284 points, ahead of Alberto Zorzi with 237 points and Harrie Smolders with 234 points.

The Official Watch of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome

The Official Watch of the Italian leg is the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” blue dial model, which 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. This timepiece houses an exclusive movement, renowned for 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, using the GDP (gear position detection) system.

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