August 30, 2013
by James Lamdin
This past May, Longines invited us to attend the 139th Running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. In typical Derby fashion, it was all fancy hats, mint juleps, beautiful horses, and fast women. It was an epic weekend, and we’re just now sobering up enough to tell you about it. Seriously, have you ever had a mint julep? For breakfast? They know how to do it right in Kentucky.
Longines has a long history of equestrian connection, and their timepieces have been used since the late 1800s (!!) for timing racing events. That connection is alive and well today, and in addition to providing sponsorship and official timekeeping for the Triple Crown, Longines also supplies chronographs as prizes to the winners of the race series. These pieces come from their Saint-Imier Collection, and include a pink gold Version for Owners, and a steel version for Jockeys. The piece we selected for this review is the steel Jockey’s version.