Opening of the new Longchamp & Longines prix Allez France
April 29, 2018
Longines participates in the grand reopening of ParisLongchamp as Official Partner
On Sunday, 29 April 2018, Longines was delighted to participate alongside its Partner France Galop in the grand reopening of the new ParisLongchamp Racecourse. On a day highlighted by eight races and numerous entertainment activities for all, the spectators had the opportunity to marvel at the modern architecture of the new racecourse, all while attending a sports spectacle bringing together the world’s best jockeys and horses. After two years of monumental construction work carried out by the architect Dominique Perrault, the new ParisLongchamp has been designed to improve the racing experience, with a 180° view from the grandstand and an enlarged parade ring. In addition, this racecourse is the only one in France to benefit from an “Open Stretch”, a passing lane giving an additional chance to the last horses of the race to get a better position.
As the Official Timekeeper of ParisLongchamp, Longines had the honour of timing the day’s races as well as lending its name to one of them, the Prix Allez France Longines, in which Kitesurf ridden by Mickaël Barzalona won distinction by crossing the finish line first. Longines also had the pleasure of being present at the Prix Ganay, the highlight race, in which Cracksman and Lanfranco Dettori were victorious. Longines recognised the performances of Kitesurf and Cracksman by rewarding their owners, trainers and jockeys one of its elegant timepieces.
The Swiss watchmaking brand Longines benefits from expertise shaped by tradition, elegance and performance. With many years of experience as a timekeeper for world championships and as the partner of international sports federations, Longines has over the years established solid and lasting relationships within the world of sport, particularly in the equestrian world, with which the watchmaking brand has been associated for 140 years. Today, Longines’ commitment to equestrian sports includes flat racing, show jumping, dressage, eventing, combined driving and endurance racing.
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Longines’ passion for equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Three years later, it can be found on American racecourses, adopted by horse enthusiasts. In 1912, the company partnered for the first time with an international show jumping competition. Today Longines’ involvement in equestrian sports includes show-jumping, flat racing, endurance, driving, dressage and eventing competitions.Discover the Blue Horse