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Longines Longines Global Champions Tour

The new season of this prestigious equestrian competition, of which Longines is the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper, was launched on March 3rd in Doha. The Tour will then head to many destinations before the ultimate battle in November in Prague.

The 2019 edition will see a line up of 20 events across continents as the Longines Global Champions Tour circuit expands to bring top-level show jumping to new venues. Indeed, three new destinations join the circuit this year: Stockholm, Montreal and New York, making a significant footprint spanning The Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For the first time, the opening leg of the series was staged in Doha in the AL SHAQAB Equestrian Centre. The Tour will then head to destinations such as Mexico City, Shanghai, Monaco, Paris and Rome. The final event of the season will take in New York on Governors Island. Last but not least, the circuit will conclude with the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix in Prague, which gathers the winners of each Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix leg for the ultimate battle.

Longines Global Champions Tour

French rider Julien Epaillard on Usual Suspect d’Auge © Longines

As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Tour, Longines witnessed the victory of Julien Epaillard (FRA) on Usual Suspect d’Auge in the weekend’s highlight trial, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha. This victory handed him the first golden ticket to the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix, where he will line up against the winners of the next legs. Ben Maher (GBR) on Explosion W and Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) on H&M Chilli Willi secured second and third place respectively.

Longines Global Champions Tour

Price giving ceremony with the three finalists: Ben Maher (2nd), Julien Epaillard (1st), Nicola Philippaerts (3rd) © Longines

Over the weekend, spectators had the opportunity to discover the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” Chronograph model, representing a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s elegance. 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, the Conquest V.H.P. positioned itself as the standard-bearer of extreme precision.

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Based in St. Imier since 1832, Longines has a long tradition in watchmaking, characterised by the elegance of its watches. Using expertise gained as the company has evolved, Longines has gradually forged ties with the world of sport, where it demonstrates its excellence in precision timekeeping. Today, Longines is the oldest brand still in business, unchanged, in the international registers held by the World Intellectual Property Organization...

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