Inaugurated in the 2012/2013 season, the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize crowns the athletes who have distinguished themselves as the best female skier (under 21) and the best male skier (under 23) in the FIS Alpine World Cup circuit. This year, the title went to Italia’s Marta Bassino and Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who both scored the most points throughout the whole season. While this was the first time Bassino was awarded, Kristoffersen received the prize for the third consecutive time. Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aksel Lund Svindal took part in the prize giving ceremony, held after the Men’s giant slalom and Women’s slalom.

For the past five years, the Swiss watch brand Longines have been celebrating the end of each ski season by rewarding the best young female and male skiers with the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize during the FIS Alpine World Cup Finals. This year, in Aspen, Colorado, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing, and Aksel Lund Svindal, Longines Ambassador of Elegance presented the award to Italia’s Marta Bassino and Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who had already won it for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 season.

The season of Marta Bassino was marked by ten top 10 results in the FIS Alpine World Cup, including two podiums in giant slalom, in Kronplatz and Sölden. With five slalom wins during the season, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen confirmed his talent for this discipline, and his results secured him the second place in the slalom ranking, as well as the third place in overall.

Marta Bassino received a Conquest St. Moritz timepiece, which was launched by Longines in honour of its ongoing commitment to major sporting events in the famous Graubünden station, were was held last month the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The hints of yellow and blue on the hands, dial and flange are reminiscent of the iconic St. Moritz logo, which is engraved on the back of the case. Henrik Kristoffersen was rewarded with a Conquest 1/100thAlpine Skiing, specially designed for professionals and alpine ski enthusiasts who are looking for a watch capable of measuring intermediate times from the starting gate to the finish line, gate by gate, to the hundredth of a second.