Kentucky Derby Official Timekeeper Longines Honors Country House’s Victory


As the Official Timekeeper and the Official Watch of the Kentucky Derby, Swiss watch brand Longines was proud to time the victory of Country House in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Irad Ortiz

The 2019 “run for the roses” offered a thrilling high stakes race on a rainy afternoon at Churchill Downs, as the thoroughbreds raced down a treacherous, slick track.

Country House, ridden by Flavien Prat, claimed the victory in a historic moment, following the disqualification of first-place finisher Maximum Security. On behalf of the Official Timekeeper of the Kentucky Derby, Longines U.S. Brand President Pascal Savoy presented Country House owner, trainer, and jockey with an elegant Longines timepiece.

Longines at the 145th Kentucky Derby

The Derby race represented the pinnacle of an exciting weekend of sport and elegance, with many highlights on and off the track. Earlier on Saturday, Irad Ortiz, Jr., riding Beau Recall, won the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile prize.

On Friday, Longines returned as the Title Partner of the Longines Kentucky Oaks, with an exciting win by Jose Ortiz, riding Serengeti Empress.

The elegance of the day culminated with the annual Longines Prize for Elegance, as attendees walked the pink carpet in their sophisticated spring attire, vying for the coveted Longines Prize for Elegance and a Longines timepiece. U.S. Brand President Pascal Savoy and judges chose Rachel Weigler, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Jack Crawford, of Louisville, Kentucky, to receive the 2019 Longines Prize for Elegance in keeping with the brand’s motto, “Elegance is an Attitude.

Rachel Weigler

Presenting the Official Watch of the 2019 Kentucky Derby

As the Official Watch of the Kentucky Derby, Longines was proud to highlight its chronograph model from the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” collection (L3.717.4.96.9). The latter represents a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. Displaying a blue dial, this watch houses an ultra-precise movement (+-5 seconds/year), a chronograph caliber and a perpetual calendar.