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  • 05/01/2019

    Horse Racing

    Longines Sagaro Stakes 2019

    On 1 May 2019, Longines was proud to time the victory of Dee Ex Bee and his jockey William Buick in the Longines Sagaro Stakes, feature race of the newly renamed Royal Ascot Trials Day. Dee Ex Bee’s owner, trainer and jockey received an elegant Longines timepiece to celebrate their win. Longines is the Title Partner of the Longines Sagaro Stakes race, as well as the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Ascot racecourse.

  • 05/01/2019

    Jumping

    Longines FEI World Cup China League - 1st Leg

    On Wednesday 1st May 2019, Patrick Lam (HKG) and his mount Newtime de Baussy claimed the title at the first leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM China League in Tianjin. Chinese riders Yuxing Ma on Elly van de Boslandhoeve and Jirigala Erdeng on Brikibo vd Bosbeek took second and third place respectively. As the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and watch of the event, Longines was proud to grant Patrick Lam an elegant watch to celebrate his great win. This event was also a great opportunity for the brand to 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.

  • 04/28/2019

    Jumping

    Longines Masters of New York 2019

    The third leg of the Longines Masters series, of which Longines is the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper, started off on Friday with the much-anticipated Longines Speed Challenge, in which the riders have to achieve the quickest time, knowing that a fault only leads to a two-second penalty instead of the usual four. This intense event was claimed by Nayel Nassar riding Lucifer V, in front of Kristen Vanderveen on   Bull Run's Faustino de Tili and Olivier Philippaerts on Insolente Des Dix Bonniers.   On that evening, the brand had the pleasure to welcome its Friends of the Brand, French model Ilonat Smet, Canadian producer Alen Palander and Taiwanese actor and singer Marcus Chang, who had already joined Longines during the previous legs of this indoor series in Paris and Hong Kong, thus marking the conclusion of an exceptional journey across the continents. On Saturday, Longines was proud to support as its Founding Partner the Riders Masters Cup, an innovative show-jumping competition that pits the two major equestrian powers, the United States and Europe, against each other in a transatlantic battle. Team Europe, made up of : Pius Schwizer, Edward Levy, Olivier Philippaerts, Darragh Kenny and Harrie Smolders, took the limelight once again following their victory last December, in Paris.   Finally, Sunday afternoon brought to the Longines Masters of New York a thrilling conclusion with a new remarkable victory of Nayel Nassar, his second of the weekend, in the coveted Longines Grand Prix, the final highlight of the weekend. Harrie Smodlers (NED) on Une de l'Othain secured second place, while Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) on H&M Cue Channa 42 took the third place. To celebrate his great achievement, the Egyptian rider was rewarded with the event’s iconic trophy, as well as an elegant Longines timepiece from the hands of Matthieu Baumgartner, Longines Vice President Marketing.   The Official Watch of the Longines Masters of New York During this world-class show jumping event, Longines was proud to present its new HydroConquest collection, which combines technical excellence and traditional elegance, both hallmarks of the winged hourglass brand. These new, refined models derive their inspiration from the fascinating world of aquatic sports and feature a bezel enhanced with a coloured ceramic insert adding a touch of brilliance and modern styling. The distinctive characteristics of this collection include water-resistance to 300 metres, a unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-down crown and case back, crown protection and a double security folding clasp with integrated diving extension.

  • 04/28/2019

    Horse Racing

    Longines Prix Allez France & Prix Ganay

    As the Official Partner of the ParisLongchamp Racecourse, Swiss watchmaking brand Longines was proud to time the incredible performance of Waldgeist ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot in the Prix Ganay. On this occasion, Longines was also delighted to present the Prix Allez France Longines, to which the brand lends its name. The spectators of this race saw Morgan le Faye and Mickaël Barzalona crossing the line first. Tosen Gift and Fabrice Veron took second place followed by Shahnaza and Christophe Soumillon. Morgan le Faye’s owner, trainer and jockey were granted with elegant Longines timepiece from the hands of Frédéric Bondoux, Longines Brand Manager France.

  • 04/20/2019

    Jumping

    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.

  • 04/23/2019

    Jumping

    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.

  • 04/12/2019

    Jumping

    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.

  • 04/12/2019

    Corporate

    Longines launches the new all-ceramic version broadening Longines’ HydroConquest in Mexico City

    On Friday April 12, Longines unveiled its new all-ceramic version broadening Longines’ HydroConquest 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 this new timepiece entirely made from black ceramic to guests and selected media The dynamic profile of this watch completes a line recently augmented with variations featuring a bezel enhanced by a coloured ceramic insert. Combining the technical excellence and traditional elegance of the brand, the HydroConquest collection draws its inspiration from the world of aquatic sports. 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.

  • 04/11/2019

    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).

  • 04/10/2019

    Corporate

    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.