Longines Hong Kong International Races – a spectacular conclusion to a thrilling year of flat racing.
For the delight of a record crowd of enthusiastic race fans in attendance, the Longines Hong Kong International Races showcased this year again stunning performances from some of the world’s best race horses and jockeys. Longines was delighted to reward with elegant watches the winners of the featured races, namely the Longines Hong Kong Vase, the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, the Longines Hong Kong Mile and the Longines Hong Kong Cup.
Year after year, the Longines Hong Kong International Races illustrate the perfect blend of sport excellence and great refinement, resulting in the most exciting climax of the international horseracing year. The four international Group 1 races were claimed by Satono Crown ridden by Joao Moreira (Longines Hong Kong Vase), Aerovelocity led by Zac Purton (Longines Hong Kong Sprint), who also won the Longines Hong Kong Mile aboard Beauty Only, and Maurice ridden by Ryan Moore (Longines Hong Kong Cup). As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the event, Longines was proud to present the winning owners, trainers and jockeys of these featured races with elegant Longines timepieces.
For the third consecutive year, the Swiss watch brand Longines organised its much-anticipated Longines Prize for Elegance, which rewards the lady with the most stylish look. Earlier that day, the brand officially inaugurated its newest boutique at Hollywood Plaza, raising its current total number of boutiques in Hong Kong to 17. Walter von Känel, Longines President, Kevin Rollenhagen, Managing Director of Swatch Group Hong Kong Limited, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing and Karen Au Yeung, Vice President of Longines Hong Kong took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of guests and representatives from the media.
In addition to the Official Watch of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, a model from The Longines Master Collection, the event was also the opportunity for the brand to highlight a new lady model from The Equestrian Collection in its exhibition booth located at Sha Tin racecourse. This timepiece belongs to a collection designed as an allegory of the equestrian world and is dedicated to female equestrian sports lovers. It inspired by the rectangular buckle on the show bridle of the only Swiss horse breed, the Franches-Montagnes.