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  • May 30, 2018

    Roland-Garros

    As the Title Partner of the “Roland-Garros Junior Wild-Card Competition by Longines”, the Swiss watch brand Longines, together with the French Federation of Tennis, officially awarded a wild-card entry to the winners of this unique international competition. On May 26, 2018, on one of Roland-Garros’ courts, Ana Paula Melilo and Mateo Reyes, both from Brazil, respectively defeated China’s Cao Xue (7-6, 6-2) and India’s Shrivalli Bhamidipaty (7-5, 6-4) and India’s Siddhant Banthia (6-3, 6-3) and China’s Zhou Xinmu (6-4, 6-2). As a reward for their great performance, the winners were presented with elegant Conquest Roland Garros timepieces, created by the Swiss watch brand as a tribute to the prestigious Parisian tournament. For this 2018 edition, the competition was held in three countries: Brazil, China and India. The junior players qualified on clay-court in their home countries earlier this year, in matches run under the exact same conditions as for the Roland-Garros tournament. The qualifications took place from 12th to 15th April in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (at the Pampulha Iate Clube), from 23rd to 26th April in Nanchang, China (at the Zhongshang Tennis Club), and from 25th to 27th April in Delhi, India (at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association). However, the competition is not finished yet for the winners. Indeed, they will now have access to the French Open Junior’s tournament, which will be held in Roland-Garros from 3rd June to 9th June 2018. %break%Longines looks for tomorrow’s champions It has always been important for the Swiss watch brand to support and organize competitions that promote sporting activities among young people, along with the values of fair play, respect, integrity and enjoyment. Longines has been the Official Partner and Timekeeper of Roland-Garros since 2007, and the watchmaking brand is organizing this week the ninth edition of the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament, which will take place under the magnificent Eiffel Tower. This competition will also take a new dimension as the event will welcome, for the second time since its inception, twenty girls and twenty boys, each of them representing twenty different countries: Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Honk Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United-Kingdom, USA. The final will take place on June 2nd, in presence of event’s mentors Alex Corretja and Arantxa Sanchez, who will take part in an exhibition match with the finalists, together with Longines Ambassadors of Elegance Stefanie Graf and Andre Agassi.

  • May 31, 2018

    Jumping

    After a breathtaking competition, the Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz won the “Longines Grand Prix der Schweiz” in St. Gallen with Fit For Fun 13. She was followed by Beat Mändli (Switzerland) with Dsarie on the second and Harriet Nuttall from Great Britain with A Touch Imperious on the third place. The winner received an elegant Longines watch. The watch brand took the occasion to support JustWorld International through the Clear The Jump action. Each time a rider and his horse cross the Longines triple obstacle clear, the equivalent of 200 meals was offered to the association, which aims to lift children out of poverty. Thanks to this campaign, Longines has helped to offer 5’000 meals for the benefit of the JustWorld International Foundation. For the sixth year in a row, the famous Swiss watch brand is the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Switzerland - Longines CSIO St.Gallen, held at the Gründenmoos in St. Gallen. The Official Watch of this year’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Switzerland - Longines CSIO St.Gallen is an elegant model from the Record collection with a matt white dial and Roman numerals. The Record range combines classic elegance and excellence, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand. Each of its calibers includes a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties und is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

  • May 29, 2018

    Jumping

    This evening, Longines was delighted to have presented the press with the thrilling programme for the 2018 Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping, which will take place from 5 to 7 July 2018. This competition, the tenth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, will bring together the best international riders and horses onto the Champ de Mars, with the emblematic Eiffel Tower in the background. Once again, the Swiss watch brand is proud to lend its name to this great five-star show jumping event and provide its timekeeping expertise for all the trials. For this fifth edition, Longines is looking forward to inviting spectators to enjoy a timeless moment riding its Carousel located in the Grand Village, open to the public. In addition, Longines is thrilled to present the weekend’s highlight trial, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris. This competition allows the riders to earn points in the overall rankings of the Longines Global Champions Tour and thus obtain a golden ticket for the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix, which will be held in December in Prague. Longines will enjoy the presence of its Ambassador of Elegance, the stunning Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who will be wearing the Official Watch for the event, a lady model from The Blue Edition of The Longines Master Collection. This steel timepiece displays a sunray blue dial adorned with diamond indexes, and comes with a matching blue alligator strap. This fashionable chromatic variation is perfectly in line with the classic and understated spirit of this collection. The Elegance of the heart This year for the first time, Longines is proud to be the Title Partner of the Longines Eiffel Challenge. This competition, held in presence of the Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen, will be for the benefit of the “Mission Bern” which aims at restoring the French heritage related to the watchmaking and equestrian world. The French President Emmanuel Macron has entrusted this mission to the famous radio host and television presenter Stéphane Bern, known as a passionate about history. The Swiss watchmaking brand takes pride in its long tradition of supporting charity causes. It was thus natural for Longines to also give support to JustWorld International – a charity organisation that collects funds to help impoverished children – through the “Longines Clear The Jump” action, which will take place during Saturday evening's highlight trial: The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris. Each time a horse and rider clears a Longines obstacle with no faults, the winged hourglass brand will offer 200 meals to the association. True to its slogan “Elegance is an Attitude”, Longines will take this opportunity to salute the heartfelt elegance that JustWorld has demonstrated over the years.

  • May 29, 2018

    Roland-Garros

    This year, the extraordinary surroundings of the Eiffel Tower will host the ninth edition of the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament. It is the first time that the competition will bring together the girls and the boys, all aged under 13 years old, to take part in their respective tournament. They all have been selected by their tennis federation to represent their countries – Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States – and will have the opportunity to compete on clay court under the same conditions of Roland-Garros, of which Longines has been the Official Partner and Timekeeper since 2007. Prior to the tournament, the young players were able to practice on clay court over a two-day camp – the “Longines Academy” – coached by experienced players. Indeed, retired French tennis player Séverine Beltrame supervised the girls’ team with the support of Frédéric Décamps, while Belgium’s Christophe Rochus, also former professional tennis player, and Rémi Barbarin gave valuable advice to boys’ team to approach the upcoming matches in the best conditions. In addition to being an opportunity for these talented players to measure themselves at an international level, the 2018 Longines Future Tennis Aces winners will receive a Longines timepiece, as well as the tournament’s trophy. Last but not least, they will be granted an annual bursary until their sixteenth birthdays, and have the pleasure to take part in an exhibition match with Longines Ambassadors of Elegance Stefanie Graf and Andre Agassi, after the final, which take place on Saturday June 2nd. The 2018 Longines Future Tennis Aces Program:   Thursday 31 May 2018 Qualifying stages Friday 1 June 2018 1/4 finals & Semi finals Saturday 2 June 2018 Finals Followed by an exhibition match with Stefanie Graf and Andre Agassi   About the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament Through the Longines Future Tennis Aces, Longines is looking for the champions of tomorrow. This tournament, which mirrors the French-Open at Roland-Garros, is supported by the FFT (Fédération Française de Tennis). Every year since 2010, tennis players under the age of 13 compete in order to qualify for the final match, and then to play in a one-of-a-kind exhibition match. These promising young players from around the world are chosen with the help of their respective tennis federations. During the two days preceding the tournament, they are given an opportunity to attend the Longines Academy, where they can train on clay courts and receive technical advice from leading tennis experts. At the end of the tournament, the winner receives a trophy presented by the President of the FFT, Bernard Giudicelli, along with a Longines timepiece. Moreover, the two finalists receive an annual bursary until their sixteen birthdays.

  • May 28, 2018

    Jumping

    On Sunday 27 of May, Chinese rider Nulahemaiti Abai riding Gulio van De Koelaar earned first place at the 2nd leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping China League held in Chengdu. Compatriot Tongyan Liu on Ku Bu Qi took second place while Belgian rider Jolien Maenhaut on Pommeau du Heup arrived third. The event, of which Longines is the Title Partner, the Official Timekeeper and Watch, was held in Chengdu. Over the weekend, Longines had the pleasure to present the Official Watch of the event, a model belonging to the Record collection, which combines classic elegance and excellence, and aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand.

  • May 28, 2018

    Roland-Garros

    The adventure continues for the Brazilians Ana Paula Melilo and Mateo Reyes at Roland Garros! Winners of the “Roland-Garros Junior Wild-Card Competition by Longines”, they each clinched a wildcard for the main draw of the junior singles tournaments, which will take place from 3 and 9 June on the courts at Roland-Garros.   During the final phase, played today on Court No.6, Melilo defeated China’s Cao Xue (7-6, 6-2) and India’s Shrivalli Bhamidipaty (7-5, 6-4). Meanwhile, in the boys’ tournament, Reyes won successive matches over India’s Siddhant Banthia (6-3, 6-3) and China’s Zhou Xinmu (6-4, 6-2).   This final phase was contested by three girls and three boys under the age of 18 from three countries (Brazil, India and China). These young players earned their place in the final by winning the qualifying rounds on clay in their home country, in Belo Horizonte in Brazil (Pampulha Iate Clube), Nanchang in China (Zhongchang Tennis Club) and Delhi in India (Delhi Lawn Tennis Association).%break%Results Girls: Ana Paula Melilo (BRA) d. Cao Xue (CHN) 7/6(0) 6/2 Ana Paula Melilo (BRA) d. Shrivalli Bhamidipaty (IND) 7/5 6/4 Shrivalli Bhamidipaty (IND) d. Cao Xue (CHN) 6/3 6/2 Boys: Mateo Reyes (BRA) d. Siddhant Banthia (IND) 6/3 6/3 Siddhant Banthia (IND) d. Zhou Xinmu ( CHN) 6/2 6/2 Mateo Reyes (BRA) d. Zhou Xinmu (CHN) 6/4 6/2

  • May 28, 2018

    Alpine Skiing

    The Swiss watch brand Longines was delighted to welcome today in Saint-Imier the winners of the 2018 Longines Rising Ski Stars Mélanie and Loïc Meillard for a visit of the company’s headquarters.  Accompanied by Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli, the Swiss siblings and world-class skiers had the opportunity to discover the various stages of the exciting process of the production of a Longines watch, as well as the brand’s museum, which retraces the brand's fascinating history through the ages. Proudly wearing a Conquest Saint-Moritz model awarded by Longines in recognition of her 2018 Longines Rising Ski Stars title, Mélanie commented: “After winning the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize at the end of the last FIS Alpine World Cup, it was obvious that we wanted to know more about this emblematic company, deeply established in our region.”  And Loïc added: "Now that this is done, we can say that we are very impressed by the rich history of the brand. Like Longines, we are proud to represent this region on an international level.”%break%About the Longines Rising Ski Stars Awarded for the first time at the end of the 2012/2013 alpine skiing season,  the “Longines Rising Ski Stars” prize is presented to the best young female skier (under 21 years old) and male skier (under 23 years old) taking part in the FIS Alpine World Cup. The prize consists of a trophy, a Longines watch and a check of 20’000 CHF.

  • May 28, 2018

    Corporate

    With its proud, historic ties to the world of aviation, Longines has chosen to celebrate Charles Lindbergh’s first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight, an event timed by the Swiss watchmaker in 1927, by creating the Longines Lindbergh Award. Erik Lindbergh, grandson to the celebrated American pilot who performed the inaugural voyage on May 21, 1927, became the first recipient of the Longines Lindbergh Award. In May of 2002, during the 75th anniversary of the historic flight, a 53-year-old Erik Lindbergh walked in the footsteps of his illustrious grandfather and performed the same Atlantic crossing between Long Island, New York and Le Bourget, near Paris, aboard a small single-engine airplane. An artist and designer, Erik Lindbergh has been involved in a number of “crazy projects” in the field of space tourism and ecological airplanes. His story also tells of a struggle against adversity, having overcome severe health problems. Longines chose to grant the Longines Lindbergh Award at the headquarter of the New York Times, the newspaper that so passionately told of the exploits of Charles Lindbergh, during a special evening held Monday, May 21, on the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s flight. During the event, which brought together representatives from the aviation sector, members of the media and the Lindbergh family, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli reminded us of the brand’s historic involvement in the field of aviation. Mr. Capelli also awarded Erik Lindbergh with the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch, a timepiece designed by his grandfather and developed by Longines shortly after the inaugural voyage, symbolizing the brand’s support for aeronautical pioneers and its close ties to Charles Lindbergh. Following his 1927 crossing, the adventurer approached Longines to create a watch that could respond to his aviation needs. Thus, the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch was born and became the true watchmaking icon it is today. The Longines Lindbergh Award, which comes with $25,000 in reference to the sum received by Charles Lindbergh on behalf of Raymond Orteig for becoming the first aviator to successfully cross the Atlantic, is awarded each year to a person of Charles Lindbergh’s pioneering character, in a spirit of elegance and performance dear to the Swiss watchmaker. The award’s laureate is chosen by a jury that includes Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, Stéphanie Lachat, Doctor of History, Bernard Decré, President of the “A la recherche de l’oiseau blanc” association, and Spiros Bouas, pilot, co-founder and advisor for the “Spirit of St-Louis 2” project.

  • May 28, 2018

    Jumping

    On Sunday 20 May, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of France was marked by the victory of Team Brazil, which was composed of Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho, Felipe Amaral, Yuri Mansur and Pedro Veniss. Team Netherlands took second place followed by Team Switzerland. On Friday 17 May, Patrice Delaveau riding Aquila HDC captured the other highlight of the competition, the Longines Grand Prix - Ville de La Baule, on home soil. This prestigious event was the occasion for the brand to highlight the Official Watch of the event, a model of The Longines Master Collection, displaying a blue dial and a blue alligator bracelet. These fashionable chromatic variations are perfectly in line with the classic and understated spirit of this collection and come in several diameters, so that men and women can find the watch best suited to their wrist.

  • May 16, 2018

    Horse Racing

    France Galop and Longines - the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the event - presented tonight to the press the 169th edition of the Prix de Diane Longines, which will take place on Sunday 17 June 2018 at the Chantilly Racecourse. This day embodies the elegance true to the Prix de Diane Longines and will be punctuated by eight thoroughbred races, including the highlight race, the Prix de Diane Longines, which is known as the world’s most important race for fillies. On this occasion, young jockeys from all over the world and amateur lady riders from  the FEGENTRI (International Federation of Gentlemen and Lady Riders) will respectively compete for the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars and Prix de La Reine Marie-Amélie Longines on the racecourse near the sumptuous Château de Chantilly. It has always been important to the Swiss watchmaking company to promote the talents’ of tomorrow and the amateurs’ passion to their favorite sport. Therefore, the brand is delighted to reward the races’ champions with an elegant timepiece. Besides these high-level competitions, the Diane’s Village will live to the rhythm of the tens of thousands visitors attending, where nature reigns supreme. On this eventful day, the winning horse’s owner, trainer and jockey of the Prix de Diane Longines will be granted an elegant Longines watch from the hands of Chinese actress and Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Zhao Liying. This day will also be the occasion for the spectators to discover the Official Watch of event, a new model of the Record collection. This line combines classic elegance and excellence, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand. Moreover, this automatic timepiece houses a chronometer movement with unique properties, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The 2018 Prix de Diane Longines’ featured timepiece can be admired on the wrists of the finalists of the “Mademoiselle Diane by Longines” award, which celebrates the female racegoer with the most outstanding look and style. For the first time this year, the Swiss watch brand will have the pleasure to invite the spectators to discover its different collections, in its Boutique located at the very heart of the Diane’s Village. Furthermore, Longines is delighted to support the exhibition “Painting the Races”, taking place at the Domain of Chantilly from 16 June to 14 October 2018, as its main patron. The Swiss watch brand is proud to be associated with this exhibition, which will allow the public to discover exceptional artworks, from the late 18th to the late 19th century, around the theme of horse racing. Indeed, the equestrian universe is essential for Longines as its history has been linked to it for more than 140 years.