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Longines Deauville Classic 2018; Jumping; France
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Longines Deauville Classic 2018

In the context of the competition, the Longines Deauville Classic hosted last night the famous JustWorld Gala Dinner. The Gala was an opportunity to invite riders, the public and partners for a charity auction, during which two Longines watches were presented. The aim of this event is to help the association develop its support towards disadvantaged children in Cambodge, Guatemala and Honduras.


Earlier on that day, the Longines Deauville Classic organised the second edition of the Longines Race. This year, the format was slightly different as the team consisted of a jockey and a rider who competed against each other during an extraordinary interdisciplinary trial. Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing, presented elegant timepieces to the winners, rider Patrice Delaveau and jockey Christophe Soumillon.

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IFHA & Longines Award of Merit; Ireland; 2018
IFHA & Longines Award of Merit

As the Official Partner and Official Watch of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Swiss watchmaker Longines was proud to present the 2018 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit to the Magnier family and Aidan O’Brien. Previous recipients of this honour include 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); the Romanet Family, long renowned leaders in both the French and international world of horseracing; and Yutaka Take, legendary Japanese jockey.


The International Award of Merit was created 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.


At the Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit ceremony, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, stated: “Today, we rewarded the lifetime dedication to horseracing of an illustrious family and a trainer, the Magnier Family and Aidan O’Brien. Our brand, and myself personally, have had the pleasure to witness a great number of their exceptional performances and to reward them very often with Longines timepieces. It is an honour to host this ceremony in a country where horse is king and where the horseracing industry has such an important impact on its economy, culture and history.”


Louis Romanet, IFHA Chairman, commented: “The Magnier family and trainer Aidan O’Brien have built a stunningly powerful partnership on a truly global scale. The success of the Coolmore and Ballydoyle team is so ubiquitous in both Ireland and abroad that it would be impossible to list all of their accomplishments here today. It has been a privilege to have both the Magnier and O’Brien families here as we celebrate their contributions to horse racing.”


About the Magnier Family and Aidan O’Brien, laureates of the 2018 Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit

Coolmore is a name synonymous with global success at the highest level, both as a breeding and racing entity. The world-renowned operation came together when John Magnier joined forces with Ballydoyle trainer Vincent O’Brien and business magnate Robert Sangster in the 1970s. The partnership’s first major winner was The Minstrel in the 1977 Epsom Derby, and its first major homebred was Sadler’s Wells. A top-class racehorse, upon his retirement Sadler’s Wells rewrote the stud books by becoming the 14-time leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland.

Magnier is married to Vincent O’Brien’s daughter Susan, and they have five children—Tom, Kate, JP, MV and Sammy Jo. He acquired both Ballydoyle and Coolmore after O’Brien’s retirement and Sangster’s death.%break%Aidan O’Brien (no relation to Vincent) became the trainer at Ballydoyle in 1996. O’Brien took out his trainer’s license in 1993 and got his start with National Hunt horses, most notably the legendary Istabraq, a son of Sadler’s Wells.

Another son of Sadler’s Wells, Coolmore’s Galileo, would give O’Brien his first of six Epsom Derby winners and go on to become one of the premier stallions in history. In 2016, European Horse of the Year Minding, a daughter of Galileo, gave O'Brien his 250th Group/Grade 1 winner on the Flat when taking the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. In 2017, Highland Reel, a son of Galileo, gave O’Brien his 300th Group/Grade 1 winner (Flat and National Hunt combined) by winning the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, which was timed by Longines.

In 2017, with 28 Group/Grade 1 victories, O’Brien broke the world record for Group/Grade 1 wins in a calendar year by a trainer, besting Bobby Frankel's mark of 25 set in 2003.  He has been crowned champion Irish Flat trainer in terms of prize-money won every season since 1999 and has won Group/Grade 1 races across the globe, including in Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. The majority of O’Brien’s big-race winners have carried the colours of the Coolmore partners to victory.

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 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).

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Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin; Germany; 2018
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Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin

El relojero suizo Longines tuvo el honor de cronometrar la victoria de Best Solution y Pat Cosgrave en la 128.º edición del Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin, del que el relojero suizo es patrocinador principal y cronometrador oficial. Saeed bin Suroor, preparador, Pat Cosgrave, jinete, y un representante del propietario Godolphin recibieron elegantes relojes de manos del presidente de Longines, Walter von Känel, y del gerente de Longines Alemania, Rainer Eckert.


Todas las carreras disputadas hoy en el hipódromo de Hoppegarten fueron cronometradas por el relojero suizo con su Longines Positioning System, un sistema que ofrece información al instante respecto a la posición exacta de los caballos durante la carrera, su clasificación, la distancia entre caballos y su velocidad. Hoppegarten es el primer hipódromo europeo que utiliza esta tecnología revolucionaria.


El viernes 10 de agosto, la marca participó en la recepción de bienvenida de este evento, organizada en la embajada suiza de Berlín, en la que Walter von Känel pronunció un discurso en nombre de la marca.


El reloj oficial del Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin 2018

Longines tuvo el honor de presentar un modelo de la colección Record como reloj oficial de este esperado día de carreras. Este reloj combina elegancia clásica y excelencia, y está equipado con un movimiento con espiral de silicio monocristalino con propiedades únicas. Además, todas las piezas de esta colección cuentan con un certificado de "cronómetro" expedido por el Control Oficial Suizo de Cronometría (COSC).

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Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup; Hungary; Division 2 Qualifier
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Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ de Hungría 2018

El 12 de agosto de 2018, el equipo austriaco se alzó con la victoria en la Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ de Hungría en Budapest. El equipo, formado por Christian Rhomberg con Saphyr des Lacs, Julia Houtzager-Kayser con Sterrehof’s Cayetano Z, Felix Koller con Captain Future 3 y Max Kühner con PSG Final, alcanzó el primer lugar por delante del equipo húngaro y el equipo noruego. Como patrocinador principal, Longines tuvo además el honor de colaborar con otra de las pruebas principales del evento, el Longines Grand Prix, realizado el viernes 10 de agosto. Max Kühner (Austria) con Cielito Lindo 2 alcanzó el primer lugar, seguido por Emanuele Gaudiano (Italia) y Szabolcs Krucso (Hungría).


La marca relojera suiza Longines tuvo el placer de entregar a los ganadores de ambas competiciones elegantes relojes Longines. Además, los espectadores tuvieron la oportunidad de descubrir el reloj oficial del evento, el modelo Conquest V.H.P. "Very High Precision", que representa un nuevo hito en el ámbito del cuarzo, y combina una gran precisión, un alto nivel de tecnicismo y una estética deportiva, fiel a la elegancia única característica de la marca.

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Longines Global Champions Tour;Valkenswaard;2018; Jumping; Frank Schuttert
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Longines Global Champions Tour - Valkenswaard

Este fin de semana, la decimocuarta etapa del Longines Global Champions Tour reunió a algunos de los mejores jinetes y caballos del mundo. Como patrocinador principal y cronometrador oficial del evento, Longines ha tenido el honor de cronometrar la victoria de Frank Schuttert con Chianti’s Champions, por delante de Marcus Ehning (Alemania) con Cornado NRW y Christian Ahlmann (Alemania) con Tokyo, en la prueba más importante del fin de semana, el Grand Prix de Valkenswaard del Longines Global Champions Tour. Como reconocimiento por su increíble logro, Longines entregó al ganador Frank Schuttert un elegante reloj.


La etapa neerlandesa de la serie 2018 brindó la oportunidad perfecta a Longines para presentar un modelo de la colección Record como el reloj oficial del evento. Esta línea fusiona la elegancia clásica y la excelencia, y aspira a convertirse en uno de los iconos de la marca. Además, los relojes automáticos de esta colección están equipados con un movimiento cronómetro con propiedades únicas, certificado por el Control Oficial Suizo de Cronometría (COSC).


La victoria en Valkenswaard otorgó a Frank Schuttert el decimocuarto pasaje al Longines Global Champions Super Tour Grand Prix, en el que se enfrentará a los ganadores de las etapas anteriores. Por primera vez, el evento final se celebrará en la mágica capital checa, Praga, y promete ser un encuentro emocionante e inolvidable para todos los entusiastas de los deportes ecuestres que allí se reúnan.

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Longines FEI Nations Cup - Division 1 - Dublin Horse Show; Dublin; Jumping; 2018
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Longines FEI Nations Cup - Primera división - Dublin Horse Show

El viernes 10 de agosto de 2018, el equipo mexicano formado por Eugenio Garza Pérez con Victer Finn DH Z, Federico Fernández con Landpeter do Feroleto, Patricio Pasquel con Babel y Enrique González con Chacna, se alzó con la victoria en la Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ de Irlanda en Dublín. El equipo francés ocupó la segunda posición, seguido por el equipo italiano. Como patrocinador principal, cronometrador y reloj oficial de la serie Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™, la marca relojera suiza Longines tuvo el placer de presentar otro de los eventos importantes del Dublin Horse Show, el Longines Grand Prix, que tuvo lugar el domingo 12 de agosto. El jinete neerlandés Kevin Jochems y su montura Captain Cooper alcanzaron el primer lugar, por delante de Alexis Deroubaix con Timon d’Aure y Lorenzo de Luca con Irenice Horta. Longines tuvo el honor de entregar a los ganadores de las dos competiciones elegantes relojes como recompensa por su victoria.


Además, los espectadores que asistieron a este evento internacional de salto tuvieron la oportunidad de descubrir el reloj oficial, un modelo de la colección Record, que combina la elegancia clásica y la excelencia, aspirando así a convertirse en uno de los iconos de la marca.

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