The Official Timekeeper and the Official Watch of the 2019 Run for the Roses timed the victory of Country House in the 145th running on May 4.
The horse, ridden by Flavien Prat, claimed the victory in a historic moment, following the disqualification of first-place finisher Maximum Security. The winner was rewarded with the traditional blanket of fresh roses, the golden trophy and prize money of $1,86 million. Longines U.S. Brand President Pascal Savoy presented Country House owner, trainer, and jockey with an elegant Longines chronograph from the Conquest V.H.P. ‘Very High Precision’ collection (L3.718.104.22.168). Displaying a blue dial, this watch houses an ultra-precise quartz movement (+-5 seconds/year), a chronograph and a perpetual calendar.
The steel or black PVD models of this collection are available in two sizes (42 and 44 mm in diameter) and display hours, minutes and seconds, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock and a 60-second counter in the centre. On each model, manipulations are simplified thanks to the intelligent crown, while two distinct indicators preventively signal the end of battery life. Conquest V.H.P. chronographs boast blue, carbon fibre, silvered or black dials. A steel, blue or black rubber watch strap completes the look.
Earlier that day, Irad Ortiz, Jr., riding Beau Recall, won the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile prize. The day before, Longines returned as the Title Partner of the Longines Kentucky Oaks race, with win by Jose Ortiz, riding Serengeti Empress. It culminated with the annual Longines Prize for Elegance presented to Rachel Weigler, of Indianapolis, and Jack Crawford, of Louisville, for their sophisticated attire. All the winners were endowed with Longines timepieces.