In the evening of 22 November 2016, Sönke Rothenberger got up on stage at Prince Park Tower in Tokyo to be presented the Longines Rising Star by Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing. The dressage rider received the Conquest Classic watch fitted with a self-winding caliber. The model belongs to a contemporary and timeless elegant collection dedicated to Longines’ passion for equestrian sports.
The 2016 Longines Rising Star laureate Sönke Rothenberger has been gathering medals and champion titles since almost 10 years: 2016 Olympic Team Gold in Rio, member of the winning Team Germany at 2016 CDIO5* Aachen, 2014 European Team Champion and Individual Bronze Young Riders in Arezzo, 2009 European Team Champion and Individual Silver Ponies in Moorsele, 2008 European Team and Individual Champion Ponies in Avenches, 2007 European Team Champion and Individual Bronze Ponies in Freudenberg. The rookie talent of steely nerves and his mount Cosmo were the youngest couple at the Olympic Dressage Competitions in Rio, with a combined age of 30.
Longines is particularly pleased to participate to the FEI awards, which were set up in 2009 to acknowledge the contribution of personalities and organizations to progress in equestrian sports – both indoor and outdoor. The Longines Rising Star rewards athletes between the ages of 14 and 21 who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent.
On a larger scale, the Swiss watch brand wishes to encourage youngsters to practice sports. Therefore, the brand supports young athletes through programs linked with sports and the values that it upholds, including the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize offered to the best female athlete under 21 and male athlete under 23 taking part in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, the Longines Future Ski Champions competition for athletes under 16, the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament organized for children under 13, running in parallel to the Roland-Garros tournament, and the Longines Future Racing Stars open to young jockeys at the Prix de Diane Longines.
This year, the watchmaker is celebrating its 105th year of commitment to the discipline of show jumping as it was associated for the very first time to an international competition in 1912 in Portugal. To mark this anniversary, Longines presented the FEI with a timepiece of a very limited series of its equestrian collection, The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911. The 18-carat rose gold pocket watch decorated with an engraving of a trio of horses takes inspiration from a metal Lépine pocket watch produced in 1911 and kept at the Longines Saint-Imier museum. A year later, in 1912, the brand partnered a show jumping competition for the first time, the beginning of a long history that led Longines to join forces with its favorite sport. The piece will be permanently showcased at the museum of the FEI in Lausanne, Switzerland.
As part of Longines’ partnership with the FEI, the watchmaker is the Official Partner, Timekeeper and Watch of the three Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping leagues: Western European, China and North American, along with the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final, the Furusiyya FEI Nations CupTM Jumping series and Final. In addition to its involvement in equestrian sports, Longines’ values of Elegance, Performance and Tradition further strengthen the close bounds that the brand has been developing with the equestrian world for more than a century.