Kitasan Black and Yutaka Take caught the spotlight at 2016 Japan Cup in association with Longines
Over 100’000 dedicated and casual racegoers witnessed the extraordinary victory of Yutaka Take aboard Kitasan Black at the Japan Cup in association with Longines, which was run Sunday 27 November 2016 at Tokyo Racecourse. To celebrate their remarkable performance, the winning Japan horse Kitasan Black’s owner, breeder, trainer, jockey and stable staff members were all granted an elegant Longines watch by the Swiss watch brand’s representatives, Simon Baker, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, and Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing.
During the race day, Longines celebrated elegance along with sports performances, and thus Longines Ambassador of Elegance Simon Baker awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance to the most elegant woman and man at Tokyo Racecourse. Before heading to Fuchu, the Australian actor visited the first mono brand boutique in Japan, which Longines opened in December 2015 in the Nicolas G. Hayek Center, situated in the heart of the iconic upmarket shopping district of Ginza in Tokyo. Since the Swiss watchmaker became involved in the Japan Cup in association with Longines, Longines Ambassadors of Elegance Chi Ling Lin, famous Asian top model, TV presenter and actress, and Andre Agassi, one of the greatest tennis player ever, could show up at Tokyo Racecourse and experience with the impressive crowd of spectators the thrill and emotion of the races in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The Japan Cup in association with Longines was the perfect occasion to discover the Official Watch, which was The Longines Master Collection. Three centuries of watchmaking expertise stand behind this collection. Its timepieces are notable as much for their intrinsic quality as for their style made up of balanced designs. The Longines Master Collection watch features a refined silvered dial with a chronograph and moonphase display, as well as a stainless steel case with a transparent case back that reveals a self-winding mechanical movement.
Longines has been partnering with equestrian sports for more than a century. In 1878, the brand produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. This watch was already used at American racetracks in 1881 and allowed timing of performances to the nearest time second. In addition, Longines has been partnering with show jumping competitions since 1912. Today, the company’s involvement in the equestrian world includes flat racing, show jumping, eventing, endurance, dressage and driving.