Charles Villoz, Vice-President and Head of Sales of Longines, Nathalie Bélinguier, President of the Inter. Fed. of Gentlemen and Ladies Riders, Sylvie Robert, prize-winner, Kate Winslet, Longines Ambassador of Elegance and member of the jury, Patricia Laffon-Parias, representative of Criquette Head-Maarek, prize-winner, Jing Li, prize-winner, Bo Derek, prize-winner, Louis Romanet, President of the Inter. Fed. of Horseracing Authorities, Florence OllivierLamarque, General Director of Swatch Group France, Walter von Känel, President of Longines, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice-President and Head of Inter. Marketing of Longines and Ingmar de Vos, General Secretary of the Inter. Equestrian Fed.
Jing Li was honoured for her contribution to the development of equestrian sports in Asia, and especially in China. She organized the Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters in the Olympic Stadium of Beijing - the first show jumping competitions with international riders in China. Last but not least, Bo Derek was rewarded for her efforts to promote and protect equine welfare and safety in the United States. She has worked closely with the Animal Welfare Institute, is an ambassador for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and serves as a member of the California Horse Racing Board. During the evening,Walter von Känel, President of Longines honoured His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan with a Longines Equestrian Lépine pocket watch as a gift from the Horse Museum. Prince Karim Aga Khan headed up the restoration project during 2013 and invested funding of more than $3 million for the makeover of the Grand Stables, restoring this magnificent facility to its once glorious self. Longines’ involvement in equestrian sports dates back to 1878, when the brand created a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his horse. For the Prix de Diane Longines 2014, the brand promoted a ladies’ watch in steel from its Conquest Classic collection. Set with 30 diamonds, this magnificent timepiece with its white mother-of-pearl dial and diamond hour symbols is a perfect example of the elegance of this unique race meeting. 54
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Above: His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan received a Longines Equestrian Lépine pocket watch as a gift for the Horse Museum from the hands of Walter von Känel, President of Longines.