Longines, the internationally renowned Swiss watch brand and Official Watch and Timekeeper of the Belmont Stakes, timed Tonalist's victory at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 7.
The heavily-favored California Chrome captured America's attention at Preakness, building anticipation for the Belmont Stakes. After a slow start, California Chrome dropped to fourth place leaving Tonalist to win the Belmont Stakes and end California Chrome's hopes of securing the Triple Crown title.
In 1978, Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes to achieve what's considered the greatest accomplishment of a thoroughbred racehorse. Now, more than 30 years later, the title remains elusive.To honor Tonalist's victory, Jennifer Judkins, U.S. Brand President for Longines, gifted owner Robert Evans, jockey Joel Rosario and Valerie Clement, wife of trainer Christophe Clement, with elegant timepieces from the Longines Conquest Classic collection.
This year, the brand hosted the first Longines Most Elegant Woman at Belmont fashion contest to celebrate the elegant style associated with the Triple Crown. The chic ladies of Belmont walked the runway for judges Briana Mott from Fashion at the Races, Miss New York Kira Kazantsev and Tom Murro, of Fox Morning Extra, who selected the most elegant woman and awarded her a stainless steel and rose gold watch from the Conquest Classic Collection featuring a stunning diamond bezel. Longines Conquest Classic watches were also presented to the owner, trainer and jockey of Coffee Clique, the winner of the "Longines Just a Game" race.
Longines' passion for equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. First worn on the racetracks as early as 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the seconds. It was already being used by most sport judges in New York in 1886.