Longines, the internationally renowned Swiss watch brand and Official Watch and Timekeeper of the Triple Crown, celebrated the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday by awarding California Chrome’s owner, trainer and jockey with elegant timepieces at the exclusive Winners’ Circle Party. On this day of thrilling racing action, the brand also awarded watches to the winner of the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile presented by Longines.
As the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the Triple Crown, Longines was proud to be present in Churchill Downs for the first leg of this amazing competition. The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby was as traditionally an intense moment of sport. California Chrome ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza clocked in at 2:03:66, racing past Commanding Curve and Danza to win the Kentucky Derby – the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing for Longines and Jennifer Judkins, U.S. Brand President for Longines presented owner, trainer and jockey of California Chrome with watches from the brand’s Conquest Classic collection after an impressive victory.
The brand also presented the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile presented by Longines on Kentucky Derby afternoon and awarded Conquest Classic watches to owner, trainer and jockey of California Chrome. In addition, Longines timepieces and branded-clocks were on display throughout the Churchill Downs facilities, a digital Longines Kentucky Derby Countdown Clock was displayed on Churchill Downs’ official event website (www.KentuckyDerby.com) and the brand’s logo was prominently featured on the official Kentucky Derby red carpet, racetrack and in other surrounding areas.