Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2016-05-10
Horses

This past weekend, Nyqvist, ridden by record-setting jockey Mario Gutierrez, won the 142nd Kentucky Derby — racing to the finish line in the home stretch and winning over Exaggerator by 1-1/4 lengths. There to capture the moment with timely precision was Longines, the official timekeeper and a key sponsor of the famed Kentucky Derby, along with the other races on the Triple Crown circuit.

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Just in time for the Triple Crown season, the brand unveils the Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown Limited Edition watches that commemorate the historic 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharaoh, and to celebrate the Triple Crown, in general.

The Longines Triple Crown watches are powered by automatic movements and are offered in three metal types: stainless steel, steel and gold two-tone, or in 18-karat gold. Each watch flaunts a sable brown dial specially made to match American Pharoah's actual coat color. The watch also feature brown alligator straps.

A jockey on the mount replaces the traditional moon phase, and the dial is devoid of indexes, with the exception for the “3,” as a nod to the Triple Crown. The sundial features a yellow highlight at the 12 to signify that American Pharaoh was the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown title.

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While American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown in 2015, it continues to be the most difficult feat in horse racing, and this watch honors that horse and jockey, but also pays tribute to the sport. Each watch is numbered. We invite you in to take a look at our Swiss-made Longines watches any time.

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Racing at the 2014 Kentucky Derby

With the final race of the Triple Crown coming up this weekend, it’s an exciting time for potential Triple Crown Winner, California Chrome, a horse that has won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. The Belmont Stakes, though, is the most demanding leg of the three races thanks to the length of the track and the speed at which the horses must run. Twenty-six horses have been eligible to win the Triple Crown coming into the Belmont Stakes and 11 have succeeded.

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The Belmont Stakes also represents an exciting culmination for Longines Watch Company – the Official Watch and Timekeeper of every thoroughbred race in the Triple Crown. The brand’s role in equestrian sports dates back to the late 1800s when it created its first chronograph movement, which later appeared on racetracks to time performances and races to the seconds. From there it moved on to sponsoring jumping events and races.

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In evidence of its support of the Triple Crown races, Longines’ overwhelming presence can be seen everywhere at the three venues with free-standing clocks, a digital Longines Countdown Clock on the track and more. Winners of the race – owners, trainers and jockeys – are presented with Longines Conquest watches. The Longines Conquest collection celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. While the line pays tribute to the early chronographs, the new watches are fitted with self-winding movements offering a mix of tradition and modernity.

We invite you to enjoy the Longines video, which was taken at the Preakness. Click link.