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  • 12/10/2018

    Horse Racing

    2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony Set for London

    The 2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony will be held on 23 January 2019 in London, England. For the first time, Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have selected The Landmark as the host site.   The ceremony, now in its sixth year, will honour the three highest-rated horses in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings as well as the Longines World’s Best Horse Race. In the previous edition, Arrogate (USA) was celebrated as the 2017 Longines World’s Best Racehorse, while the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was won by Enable (GB), won the title of 2017 Longines World’s Best Horse Race.%break%The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races. The highest rated race is determined by averaging the rankings of the first four placed horses. The full list and further information on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are both available on the IFHA website http://www.ifhaonline.org.   The trophy celebrating the Longines World’s Best Racehorse is a crystal vase named Equus, whereas the Longines World’s Best Horse Race trophy represents a proud horse head. Every year, the trophies are engraved with the name of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Horse Race respectively, and the representatives of the winners are presented with an elegant Longines watch.

  • 12/09/2018

    Horse Racing

    Longines celebrates the re-opening of its Ocean Center boutique in Hong Kong

    Today, Longines had the pleasure to celebrate the official re-opening of its boutique located in the Ocean Center Mall, in Tsim Sha Tsui, the most important shopping district in Hong Kong. This special occasion was marked by the presence of the brand’s Ambassador of Elegance and acclaimed South Korean actor Jung Woo-Sung, who also attended the Longines Hong Kong International Races in Sha Tin racecourse in the afternoon. Together with Karen Au Yeung, Vice President of Longines Hong Kong, Walter von Känel, Longines President and Kevin Rollenhagen, Managing Director of Swatch Group Hong Kong Limited, Jung Woo-Sung took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the delight of the guests and representatives from the media in attendance.

  • 12/09/2018

    Horse Racing

    Longines Hong Kong International Races 2018

    For the delight of all the enthusiastic race fans in attendance, the Longines Hong Kong International Races featured this year again stunning performances from some of the world’s best racehorses and jockeys. As regards the four international Group 1 races held on that day, the Longines Hong Kong Vase was claimed by Exultant ridden by Zac Purton, who also grabbed the first place in the Longines Hong Kong Mile aboard Beauty Generation. Mr Stunning led by Karis Teetan triumphed in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, while the Longines Hong Kong Cup was won by Glorious Forever and Silvestre de Sousa. This unmissable event, of which the Swiss watch brand has been the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper since 2012, is year after year the perfect illustration that racing excellence can successfully combine with great refinement. Indeed, Longines lent an elegant touch to this world-class event by inviting acclaimed South Korean actor and Ambassador of Elegance Jung Woo-Sung to attend the race day, and to present the Longines Prize for Elegance to the most elegant female spectator in attendance. Earlier that day, the brand officially celebrated the re-opening of its Ocean Center boutique, located in Tsim Sha Tsui, the most important shopping district in Hong Kong. Together with Jung-Woo Sung, Walter von Känel, Longines President, Kevin Rollenhagen, Managing Director of Swatch Group Hong Kong Limited and Karen Au Yeung, Vice President of Longines Hong Kong, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of guests and representatives from the media. As the Official Watch of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, Longines was proud to highlight a model of the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision”. Featuring a blue dial, this timepiece is equipped with an exclusive movement renowned for its high degree of precision (± 5 seconds/year) and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field. These attractive features are likely responsible for its exceptional movement status, to which a very long battery life and a perpetual calendar must be added. In the true essence of Conquest, the ultimate sports line, this exceptional timepiece brings together high technicality and dynamic aesthetic. The Conquest V.H.P. has thus positioned itself as the standard-bearer of extreme precision.

  • 12/07/2018

    Horse Racing

    LHKIR Gala Dinner & World Best Jockey Awards - Hong Kong

    Italian-born, British-based jockey Frankie Dettori, who is known for his distinctive "flying dismounts", clinched a second Longines World’s Best Jockey title in recognition of his remarkable achievements throughout the 2018 racing season. He was recognised at a ceremony held during the Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala dinner on 7 December 2018, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Walter von Känel, President of Longines and Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), presented Dettori with an elegant 18k rose gold Longines timepiece from The Saint-Imier Collection as well as a crystal vase.   Showing his versatility, Dettori won eight of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade 1 races aboard five different horses this year. His qualifying victories, seven of which were timed by Longines, came in the Prix Ganay - Prix de l'Inauguration de ParisLongchamp (Cracksman), Investec Coronation Cup (Cracksman), St James's Palace Stakes (Without Parole), Gold Cup (Stradivarius), Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Enable), QIPCO Champion Stakes (Cracksman), Breeders’ Cup Mile (Expert Eye), and Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (Enable).      The scoring process rewards jockeys for finishing in the top three, giving Dettori a total of 128 points over the year.  Second place went to Oisin Murphy, who finished with 114 points, while Ryan Moore was third with 112 points. Dettori joins Moore as a two-time winner of the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award, which was established in 2014. Moore won in the inaugural year and in 2016, while Hugh Bowman was honoured last year.   The awarding of the Longines World’s Best Jockey is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races as established for the year by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. The scoring incorporates races from 1 December of the previous year until 30 November of the current year.  Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third.   The Longines World’s Best Jockey Award was established five years ago by Longines and the IFHA as a way to quantitatively recognise a jockey as the best among his or her global peers. It marked the first time a jockey was honoured in such a way.

  • 12/05/2018

    Horse Racing

    Longines International Jockeys’ Championship 2018 - Hong Kong

    Held in the very heart of Hong Kong, at Happy Valley Racecourse, the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship consists of four races fiercely contested by twelve world-class jockeys representing their countries or regions. The jockey accumulating the biggest score is thus crowned the winner of the championship. With 34 points points, Silvestre de Sousa (representing the UK) won the competition, taking home the first prize and a Longines timepiece. Colin Keane finished second with 16 points, followed by Javier Castellano with 12 points. As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship, the Swiss watch brand was proud to present the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” collection as the Official Watch of the event. Representing a new achievement in the field of quartz, this line combines great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. All pieces in this collection are equipped with 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. These attractive features are likely responsible for its exceptional movement status, to which a very long battery life and a perpetual calendar must be added.

  • 12/03/2018

    Horse Racing

    Longines Hong Kong International Races 2018

    As the end of the year approaches, the enthusiasm for the Longines Hong Kong International Races grows! All horse racing fans await this prestigious event, and will surely flock to the Sha Tin Racecourse on December 9, 2018. Also known as the “turf world championships”, the Longines Hong Kong International Races is composed of four iconic races: the Longines Hong Kong Cup (run over a distance of 2,000 m) for a prize money HK$28,000k, the Longines Hong Kong Mile (1,600 m) for a prize of HK$25,000k, the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1,200 m) for a prize of HK$20,000k, and the Longines Hong Kong Vase (2,400 m) for a prize of HK$20,000k.The total prize money for the Hong Kong International Races is HK$93,000k. The event is a perfect illustration of Longines’ long time involvement in timekeeping and equestrian sports. A link that began as early as 1878, when the Swiss Watchmaking brand created a new mechanical chronograph, adorned with an engraved horse and jockey. This exceptional pocket watch was the first of many milestones in a long history between the Longines brand and equestrian sports. The Longines Hong Kong International Races are a true example of the values that Longines strives to represent, from the pursuit of exceptional performances to a timeless elegance and a strong sense of tradition.   Discover the Longines Conquest V.H.P Watches The Longines Hong Kong International Races will be the perfect occasion to discover the Official Watch Collection of the event: the Longines Conquest V.H.P. This series of sporty and elegant watches represents a new achievement in the field of Quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look .   63 years after the launch of the first Conquest watch and its first quartz clock, Longines is revisiting one of its success stories of the 80s: the Conquest V.H.P (Very High Precision). The Conquest V.H.P collection models display blue, carbon, silver or black dials with a stainless steel bracelet finished with a triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism. The Conquest V.H.P has positioned itself as the watch by excellence for whomever wants to combine the extreme precision of a Quartz watch with the unique elegance of Longines brand. Discover the Official Watch Collection   Last year, the Longines Hong Kong International Races brought once again a thrilling conclusion to an exceptional year of flat racing, with a record 90,000 spectators who enjoyed the performances of horses and jockeys from all over the world. The winners of the four races were awarded with trophies, as well as elegant Longines timepieces. Once again this year, the excitement is set to reach its peak as Hongkongese and international horses and jockeys compete in one of the world’s great racing occasions. In attendance of the event will be Jung Woo-Sung, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, who will reward the most stylish woman at the races with the Longines Prize for Elegance. Discover the Ambassador

  • 12/25/2017

    Horse Racing

    Yutaka Take Receives the 2017 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit

    As the Official Partner and Official Watch of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the Swiss watchmaker Longines was proud to present the 2017 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit to renowned Japanese jockey Yutaka Take. He succeeds previous recipients Jim Bolger, leading Irish trainer, owner and breeder; France’s Alec Head, past champion trainer and patriarch of prominent stud farm Haras du Quesnay; Seth Hancock of historic Claiborne Farm in America; the late Marcel Zarour Atanacio, former chairman of the South American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbreds (OSAF); and the Romanet Family, long renowned leaders in both the French and international world of horseracing. The Award of Merit was created by Longines and the IFHA in order to honor 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. During the Award of Merit ceremony, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, stated: “Besides the Longines & IFHA Award of Merit, the successful collaboration between Longines and the IFHA has led to the creation of several other prizes awarded in recognition of excellence in all things equestrian, such as the Longines World’s Best Jockey, which was presented two weeks ago to the Australian jockey Hugh Bowman, as well as the Longines World’s Best Racehorse and the Longines World’s Best Horse Race, whose ceremony will take place in London on 23 January 2018. Whether horse, jockey, race or public figure, all have a role to play in making each event unique and truly breathtaking. Just like tonight, the winners are honoured in ceremonies attended by representatives from across the entire profession. For 140 years, 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 horseracing, show jumping, eventing, endurance, dressage and driving. More than that, our commitment to equestrian sports is based on common shared values: Elegance, Tradition and Performance.”   Louis Romanet, IFHA Chairman, commented: “Yutaka Take has demonstrated his incredible skills not only in Japan but around the world, and his consistency at the top levels of racing is evident in the number of Group 1 races he has won as well as participated in. Jockeys like Mr. Take are special ambassadors for our industry, and it’s with great esteem that we honor him with the 2017 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit for his great contribution and influence on the sport of horse racing.”%break%About Yutaka Take, laureate of the 2017 Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit A legend in Japan, Yutaka Take made his riding debut in 1987 and currently holds seven all-time records in his native country. Born in 1969, Take followed in his father’s footsteps, as Kunihiko Take was also a famed jockey. In 1987, the younger Take notched his first career victory at Hanshin Racecourse aboard a horse named Dyna Bishop. He ended the season as the champion apprentice with 69 winners. Two years later, he was the overall champion jockey, and Take held that title continuously until 1999, with the exception of 1991. As of 18 December, the Japan Racing Association credits him with 3,941 wins, of which 322 came in graded stakes, while 74 have come in Grade 1. Take has won at least one Grade 1 for 23 straight years and a graded stakes race for 31 consecutive years. He also has the most victories in a year: 212. Although Take has ridden a number of champions, he is most associated with legendary racehorse and champion sire Deep Impact. The pair won a total of seven Grade 1 races, including the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown, and Deep Impact has gone to be the premier sire in Japan. Currently, Take is known for riding Kitasan Black, the reigning Japanese Horse of the Year. Take has also shown his abilities abroad. He has 114 wins to his credit in eight different countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. A sampling of his international victories includes Group 1 wins in the Prix d'Ispahan (France) and Hong Kong Cup (Hong Kong), two races timed by Longines, the July Cup (England) and Dubai Duty Free Stakes (UAE). About 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).   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.

  • 12/22/2017

    Horse Racing

    2017 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony Set for London

    The 2017 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony will be held on 23 January 2018 in London, England. As in prior years, Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have selected Claridge’s as the venue.   The ceremony, the fifth of its kind, will honour the three highest-rated horses in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings as well as the Longines World’s Best Horse Race. The Longines World’s Best Horse Race became part of the ceremony in 2015, when France’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was named the inaugural winner. Last year, Arrogate (USA) was honoured as the Longines World’s Best Racehorse, while the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which was won by Arrogate, became the second winner of the Longines World’s Best Horse Race award.%break%The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races. The highest rated race is determined by averaging the rankings of the first four placed horses. The full list and further information on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are both available on the IFHA website http://www.ifhaonline.org. The trophy celebrating the Longines World’s Best Racehorse is a crystal vase named Equus, whereas the Longines World’s Best Horse Race trophy represents a proud horse head. Every year, the trophies are engraved with the name of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Horse Race respectively, and the representatives of the winners are presented with an elegant Longines watch.

  • 12/13/2017

    Horse Racing

    Yutaka Take to Receive the 2017 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 Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will take part in the award ceremony. As the Official Partner and Official Watch of the IFHA, Swiss watchmaker Longines and the IFHA conjointly created the Award of Merit in 2013 in order to honor public figures for their outstanding contribution to the world of horse racing. A legend in Japan, Take made his riding debut in 1987.  As of 11 December 2017, the Japan Racing Association credits him with 3,940 wins, of which 322 came in graded stakes, while 74 have come in Grade 1. Take has won at least one Grade 1 for 23 straight years and a graded stakes race for 31 consecutive years. He also has the most victories in a year, 212, as well as the most earned prize money in a single year, with that figure standing at ¥4,414,042,000 (about USD$38,931,850). "It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious award," said Take. "As a jockey, I am happy to fly with a saddle back and forth locally as well as internationally as requested. It doesn't matter if there is a difference in the rules and language, I have been riding the same way everywhere, and therefore did not recognize that I was making a contribution to the achievement and improvement of global horse racing. If my attitude to horse racing has delivered me international recognition with this award, I will make a continuous effort to the development of global horse racing." Born in 1969, Take followed in his father’s footsteps, as Kunihiko Take was also a famed jockey. In 1987, the younger Take notched his first career victory at Hanshin Racecourse aboard a horse named Dyna Bishop. He ended the season as the champion apprentice with 69 winners. Two years later, he was the overall champion jockey, and Take held that title continuously until 1999, with the exception of 1991. Although Take has ridden a number of champions, he is most associated with legendary racehorse and champion sire Deep Impact. The pair won a total of seven Grade 1 races, including the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown, and Deep Impact has gone on to be the premier sire in Japan. Currently, Take is known for riding Kitasan Black, the reigning Japanese Horse of the Year, whose final race will come in the Arima Kinen. Take has also shown his abilities abroad. He has over 100 wins to his credit in eight different countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. A sampling of his international victories includes Group 1 wins in the Prix d'Ispahan (France), July Cup (England), Hong Kong Cup (Hong Kong), and Dubai Duty Free Stakes (UAE). Previous winners of the Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit include the Romanet family, Jim Bolger, Alec Head, Seth Hancock, and the late Marcel Zarour Atanacio.   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    - 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).

  • 12/13/2017

    Horse Racing

    Longines Hong Kong International Races 2017

    The Swiss watch brand Longines was proud to return for the 6th consecutive year as Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, one of the most exciting climaxes of the international horseracing year. Longines had the pleasure to reward the winners of the four international Group 1 races with elegant Longines timepieces. Highland Reel ridden by 2014 and 2016 Longines World’s Best Jockey Ryan Moore claimed the Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m), while Mr Stunning led by Nash Rawiller triumphed in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m). The Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) saw the victory of Beauty Generation and Derek Leung Ka-chun. As for the much-anticipated Longines Hong Kong Cup (2000m), it was won by Time Warp led by Zac Purton, winner of the 2017 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship on Wednesday.   This year, the spectators had another surprise to look forward to with the presence at the races of Longines Ambassador Eddie Peng. Perfectly reflecting the brand’s motto “Elegance is an Attitude”, the Taiwanese actor presented the Longines Prize for Elegance, which rewards the lady in attendance with the most stylish look. Earlier that day, the Taiwanese actor Eddie Peng paid a visit to Longines’ Star House boutique, where he could meet his fans and sign some autographs. In addition, he received the Official Watch of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, a model from the Record Collection, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand. Besides, this timepiece, which combines classic elegance and excellence, as well as Eddie Peng, are featured in the brand’s latest TV spot, currently broadcast in the entire Asian continent.