Since its establishment in the 19th century, Longines has maintained a true passion for the equestrian world with timepieces with exquisite engravings of horses, riders and jockeys, the stories of each piece closely linked with the story of the sports shown on the cases of the watches.
Recently, Longines has reinterpreted pocket watches of yesteryear for the Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch collection in limited and numbered editions. Available in eight models, each limited to only 20 pieces worldwide, they are made from 18-carat rose gold, attesting to the close relationship between Longines and the equestrian world, while embodying the brand’s values of tradition, elegance and performance.
Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878
In 1878, Longines created its first chronograph movement using new mechanical processes to measure performance to the nearest second – a common feature in chronographs used on American racetracks from the end of the 19th century.
This new model inspired by the pocket watch back in 1878 features a hand-wound movement and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism created exclusively for Longines, with the latter being activated via the crown that acts as a push-piece. The model also allows to keep time to the second using the central chronograph hand.
The hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock are displayed by elegant blued steel Breguet hands in the 55mm diameter case, upon a white dial features large Roman numerals and a timer with Arabic numerals. With the bow in the piece finely crafted based on the original model, the engraved cover opens to reveal the movement’s blued steel column wheel.
Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Sweet Horse 1881
Inspired by a silver Savonnette pocket watch from 1881, the feminine Pocket Watch Sweet Horse 1881 features a horse’s head and an elegantly engraved floral motif, while inside, a hand-wound mechanical movement brings the exceptional timepiece to life.
Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Roots and Wings 1910
Another Savonnette pocket watch reiteration is one from 1910, which features an 18-carat rose gold case with an engraving of a grand eagle with wings spread in front of a ship, and another a young woman with wings and a horse. The travel-inspired pocket watch is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, with the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock displayed by elegant blued steel hands upon a white dial with large Roman numerals, within the 49.5mm case.
Longines Equestrian Pocket Gentleman Farmer 1910
A reflection of Longines’ centuries-old passion for the equestrian world, this 1910 reinterpretation upon an 18-carat rose gold Lépine pocket watch features an engraving of a distinguished gentleman on his horse – the perfect illustration of an elegance specific to equestrian sports, which Longines has shared for more than 150 years.
The 48.75mm diameter model comes with a hand-wound mechanical movement, with elegant black painted Arabic numerals on the white dial, and the sides and bow of the piece carefully designed based on the original model housed at the Longines Museum in Saint-Imier.
Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Racing Horses 1911
The Pocket Watch Racing Horses 1911 demonstrates Longines’ association with some of the most prestigious horse races around the world through the engraving of the heads of three horses in the heat of a race – a symbol of the movement and energy of the sport.
This Savonnette pocket watch of hand-wound mechanical movement displays the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock with elegant gold steel hands and large Arabic numerals in the 53.35mm case.
Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911
A year after the original Lépine pocket watch was created in 1911, Longines partnered with a show jumping competition for the first time, marking the beginning of a long history that led to the brand’s current association with renowned races and equestrian competitions.
The commemorative piece has a skilfully designed case back featuring a trio of horses, with their heads standing out against a background of intricate foliage, amidst the plant motifs in the middle of the piece.
Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Farm House 1912
This 18-carat rose gold case depicts a farmhouse in a bucolic country landscape traversed by a rider on his horse. The beating heart of the timepiece is the hand-wound mechanical movement that brings to life the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock, displayed by elegant gold steel hands and large Roman numerals in the 4 mm diameter case.
Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Sport 1929
A vibrant tribute to flat races that is based on a model from 1929, this Lépine pocket watch features two jockeys and their horses in the heat of a race. The bow of the piece was carefully designed based on the original model housed at the Longines Museum in Saint-Imier, while within, a hand-wound mechanical movement powers the time display upon the white dial in the 48.20mm case, with elegant blued steel Breguet hands and large Arabic numerals.