Longines celebrated the 20th edition of the Dubai World Cup this year as the event’s Official Timekeeper. During one of the city’s most revered events, the watch brand presented the Dubai Sheema Classic and honored the winners of this year’s Dubai World Cup race as well as Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aaron Kwok with a special limited-edition of the brand’s Conquest Classic Moonphase.
In addition, Ana Pribylova, winner of the Longines Most Elegant Lady prize, and Marlon Weir, winner of the Best Dressed Man prize, were also presented with refined Longines watches.
The winners of this year’s Dubai World Cup included His Highness the Aga Khan, Alain de Royer-Dupré and Christophe Soumillon, respectively winning owner, trainer and jockey of the 2015 Dubai Sheema Classic presented by Longines, as well as H.E.Sh. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Saeed bin Suroor and William Buick, respectively winning owner, trainer and jockey of the 2015 Dubai World Cup, and Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aaron Kwok – each of which were presented with a special 20-timepiece-limited edition of the Conquest Classic Moonphase from the hands of Mr. Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing and Mr. Patrick Aoun, Regional Brand Manager Longines Middle East – a noteworthy crowd in which to reveal such a special item of heritage and craftsmanship.
Longines’ relationship with equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when the brand produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Seen on the racetracks as early as 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the seconds. In addition, the Swiss watch brand has been partnering with show jumping events since 1912.
One of Dubai’s most-loved annual equestrian sports, the Dubai World Cup has come to symbolize through horseraces the steadfast determination of the city. The 20-timepiece-limited edition of the Conquest Classic Moonphase – a sophisticated rose gold chronograph, which includes a moon phase display – reveals aesthetic elements mirroring the timepiece’s refinement and equestrian heritage in ways that symbolize the elegance and grace of the brand.
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