LONGINES "CONQUEST JUMPING" WATCH- function, elegance and history

June 07, 2018

Street to Stable®is a community that is connected by an appreciation for the equestrian way of life. We are dedicated to sustaining and preserving the artisans, educators, entrepreneurs and artifacts that have a singular bond, the love of the horse.  We strive to raise awareness of the nuances of each entity or individual, regardless of size, that fits our unique criteria. Longines fits this criteria exactly.

Many enthusiasts of the sport of show jumping are aware of the company because of its strong presence at the world's most elite competitions as both title sponsor and exclusive time keeper, including at this year's Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping in July.  

McLain Ward during his victory gallop at the first Longines Masters of New York held this past April. Image Credit: Longines

We would like to raise the knowledge to our community that Longines is over 180 years old and timed its first show jumping event in 1912.  This is a company that not only financially contributes to perpetuating the sport of showjumping, but it also uses innovation and collaboration with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to finite the science of time keeping within our sport.




Conquest Jumping –

Longines blends passion with innovation in an elegant watch dedicated to Jumping

Combining a long history of sports timing and more than a century of involvement in equestrian sport, Longines is proud to present the Conquest Jumping, a new model dedicated specifically to the discipline of Jumping. Fitted with an exclusive, cutting-edge movement, this watch can be used to time Jumping competitions to 1/100thof a second and also take into account the many regulations that govern the sport.

Longines' involvement in equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when the brand known by its winged hourglass logo produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Since 1912, when Longines first timed a show-jumping competition, it was associated with some of the most prestigious equestrian events all over the world. This enduring passion led in 2013 to the formalisation of the brand's partnership with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the governing body for all equestrian sports. The logical consequence of this commitment has led to the launch of the new Conquest Jumping, developed in collaboration with the FEI.

This latest addition to the Conquest line is intended for all those directly involved in Jumping, as well as enthusiasts of the discipline. Trainers, judges and fans will now be able to precisely measure each rider's performance using an elegant analogue wristwatch, while taking into account in real time the many FEI regulations that apply to Jumping competitions.

The specific and varied requirements for timing this discipline have led to the development of a new Longines movement, namely the L441, which has technical capabilities that evoke the innovations of avant-garde quartz movements produced by Longines from the 1960s onwards. This new model enables the timing of a Jumping round to be recorded to 1/100thof a second, as well as converting penalties into time or adding time penalties for exceeding the time allowed, depending on whether the competition is run under Table A or C. With its ability to combine timing with penalty points, this chronograph is the first of its kind in the world.

According to John P. Roche, Director of Jumping at the FEI, "Jumping is a discipline that demands among others, precision, speed and technical ability. In a competition these criteria are assessed using many strict and detailed regulations. This means that the range of functions necessary to time Jumping competitions is quite extensive. To devise a wristwatch that has all the functions and features necessary for timing this sport is a true challenge that Longines has met very successfully."

This new chronograph is a subtle blend of performance and elegance and boasts a circular steel case with a diameter of 41 mm, the back of which is engraved with a design representing a horse jumping an obstacle. Protected by a sapphire glass, the dial is available in black or silver. The timepiece displays the hours and minutes with a centre-sweep seconds plus the date and has a small seconds dial at 6 o'clock. The red, centrally mounted hand shows the hundredths of a second on the flange. A counter at 10 o’clock displays the faults and penalty points, while the counter at 2 o'clock shows the two possible Tables (A or C) as well as the seconds timed. A 45-second scale enables the user to follow the countdown after the bell has been rung for each competitor to start their round. The watch is fitted on a steel bracelet with a folding safety clasp.

According to Walter von Känel, President of Longines, "Equestrian sport represents far more than a discipline or a passion – it is a whole world in itself. A world that has brought together Longines and equestrian enthusiasts for more than a century through one key value: elegance. Longines is therefore proud to launch a new watch dedicated to the horse and more specifically to Jumping."


On the subject of Longines

Based in St. Imier, Switzerland, since 1832, the watch producer Longines boasts a know-how forged out of tradition, elegance and performance.

Image: Historic photo of Longines Workshop

photo credit: Longines

With its long experience as a timekeeper for world championships and the partner of various international sports federations, Longines has, over the years, established close and lasting links with the world of sport. Renowned for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of horological products. With its famous winged hourglass logo, Longines has outlets in over 140 countries.

For more information, or to purchase, please visit https://www.longines.com

Source: Longines Official Press Release



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