The Longines Masters of New York was held last weekend in New York at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. This is a premier jumping competition featuring the world’s top equestrian athletes. The equestrian sporting events last for several days and include the Longines Grand Prix and the Longines Speed Challenge. The event titles make it obvious the Longines Swiss watch brand are prominent as the Official Timekeeper and Title Partner. The win this year went to McLain Ward from the United States for the Longines Grand Prix riding Clinta.
The Longines Ambassador of Elegance and actress Kate Winslet was in attendance at the event. She presented the Golden Hat Foundation with a check from Longines. She is one of the founders of this charity. The charity was created to raise autism awareness to change the perception of the autistic. The funds came from last years online auction for three Kate Winslet Flagship Heritage watches. The Longines Masters of New York was attended by the winning bidders where Kate Winslet personally presented them with their watches. For additional details please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertanaas/2018/05/01/longines-wraps-up-the-longines-masters-of-new-york-with-kate-winslet-races-to-kentucky-derby/#8ce5435401d6.
Longines began participating in the world of the equestrians in 1878. This was when a chronographic pocket watch was created by the brand. The watch was engraved with a jockey and horse. Numerous trainers began using the watch on the racetracks until it became coveted by jockeys and horse lovers. This was the beginning of the 140 year relationship between Longines and the sport.
The Longines Masters was originally held in Hong Kong. From there it moved to Paris. It finished in New York for the very first time in history. The brand is also the Official timer or partner for numerous races including the famed Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, the Preakness Stakes and the Breeders Cup. The event will be at Louisville’s famed Churchill Downs next week. The Derby has been deemed as the greatest race in America as well as sports most exciting two minutes. The Derby is often affectionately referred to as The Run for the Roses. This the sporting event running longer than any other in America.