Behind the scenes of the Kentucky Derby 2022 with Longines

There are quite a few significant heirlooms in my family, but the one that stands out the most is a Longines watch. It belonged to my late grandfather. When he was drafted into the army after World War II, his friends took part and surprised him with a rectangular watch that featured a crystal dial with Roman numerals and a brown grained leather strap. Seven decades later, he continues to hold a special place in my family’s hearts. So when the Longines team invited me to join them in watching the Kentucky Derby 148 from the chic and exclusive Churchill Downs mansion, I jumped at the chance to witness “the most thrilling 2 minutes in the sport” at first hand.

Throughout the action-packed weekend in Louisville, crowds sipped mint juleps, wagered hundreds of thousands of dollars on the race, and dressed to the nines in fascinators and exaggerated hats, all while galloping majestic horses around the famous racecourse. Even cloudy weather and sporadic showers were not going to rain on the parades of spectators.

Racegoers dressed in fascinators and hats at the Kentucky Derby weekend.

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mood ahead of the kentucky derby, saturday, may 7, 2022, at churchill downs in louisville, ky longines, the swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury timepieces, is the official watch and timekeeper for the 148th annual kentucky derby diane bondareffap images for longines
Mint Juleps served in commemorative glasses.

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Longines, which was both the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of this year’s Kentucky Derby, kicked off the historic weekend by hosting the Kentucky Oaks. Held the day before the big race, the Oaks is a Tier I stakes race where 3-year-old fillies, or female horses, take center stage. As they entered Churchill Downs, racegoers dressed in all pink (in honor of the horses and in support of breast cancer awareness) had the opportunity to walk on a pink carpet. In keeping with the brand’s slogan “Elegance is an attitude”, 200 elegantly selected men and women were even able to take part in the annual Longines Prize for Elegance fashion competition, where one lucky winner walked away with their very own watch. .

cassie livingston, far left, of monroe, la, reacts after winning the longines kentucky oaks prize for elegance fashion competition, Friday, May 6, 2022, at churchill downs in louisville, ky longines, the swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury watches, is the official watch and timekeeper of the 148th kentucky derby diane bondareffap images for longines
Cassie Livingston (far left) of Monroe, Louisiana reacts after winning the Longines Kentucky Oaks Prize for Elegance fashion competition.

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For the luxury Swiss watchmaker, taking part in the Kentucky Derby weekend again – they’ve been timing the event since 2011 – was a no-brainer because “the spirit of the Derby matches the spirit of the brand perfectly,” CEO by Longines Matthias Breschan tells GTC. Longines’ involvement in the equestrian world dates back to 1878 when the brand designed a chronograph pocket watch engraved with a horse and jockey. Soon after, this type of watch became a favorite among jockeys and horse enthusiasts, and to this day, Longines continues to be the watch of choice at racetracks over 140 years later.

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A watch from the Longines Master Collection.

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But the rich history of Longines goes beyond the racecourse. The brand, which turns 190 later this year, was also the first to invent a timepiece with a GMT movement. Equally impressive: Longines has a record of every watch sold since 1867. “We can trace exactly when it was produced, the production date, who we sold it to and, most importantly, we know exactly every component to inside.” Breschan said. “So when people send us their watches and they ask for an authentication certificate, we can verify that. We still have a large stock of old components, and most of the time we are even able to restore watches.”

Longines Master Collection 34 mm watch in stainless steel and diamonds

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Over the course of two days at Churchill Downs, fans placed their bets and cheered as their top picks spun, zoomed and rushed down the dirt track for a championship title. Indeed, the atmosphere and the adrenaline on site were contagious. At one point, I even ventured on a private tour, exploring the historic locations, peeking inside the famous Millionaire’s Row and Turf Club restaurants, as well as the Manager’s Room, where the owners of a winning horse celebrate their victory. . I was also lucky enough to stand inside the paddock, where the horses are saddled before the races, while racing enthusiasts crowded around the fence hoping to get a closer look at them.

a woman stands in the paddock at churchill downs, saturday, may 7, 2022, in louisville, ky, before the 148th kentucky derby takes place longines, the swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury watches, is the official watch and timekeeper 148th annual kentucky derby diane bondareffap images for longines
A woman stands next to the three-faced Longines clock in the paddock at Churchill Downs.

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The mansion itself was a real slice of luxury, and legend has it that the hospitality is so attentive that the concierge staff will supply you with nearly anything you ask for, be it a rare European Chablis, a bucket of chicken tenders and waffle fries, or a pair of flip flops to soothe your sore feet. The bathrooms even have makeup artists ready to touch up your lipstick or freshen up your face.

atmosphere at the 148th kentucky derby, saturday may 7, 2022, at churchill downs in louisville, ky longines, the swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury timepieces, is the watch and official timekeeper of the 148th annual kentucky derby diane bondareffap images for longines
The crowd watches a race.

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rich strike, ridden by jockey sonny leon, wins the 148th kentucky derby, Saturday, May 7, 2022, at churchill downs in louisville, ky longines, the swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury timepieces, is the official watch and timekeeper of the 148th annual kentucky derby diane bondareffap images for longines
Moments later, Rich Strike, ridden by jockey Sonny Leon, won the Run for the Roses race.

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Of course, a Derby weekend experience with Longines isn’t complete without watching some of the big races. For Kentucky Derby Day Race #5, commonly referred to as the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile, the Longines crew gathered at the edge of the racetrack to view the horses and frantically wave our bet slips to encourage our picks. The gallant equine beauties thundered, their hooves clattering across the turf, sending it flying in all directions – thankfully not over our outfits – as it approached the finish line. Multi-millionaire Peter Brant and model Stephanie Seymour’s mare Speak of the Devil, who made her US debut and successfully crossed the finish line, would win the prize.

longines watches are presented to devils talk relations after winning the longines churchill distaff turf mile, saturday, may 7, 2022, at churchill downs in louisville, ky longines, the swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury watches, is the official watch and timekeeper of the 148th annual kentucky derby diane bondareffap images for longines
Longines watches are presented by Matthias Breschan, CEO of Longines, to jockey Flavien Pratt and the family of Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour after Speak of the Devil wins the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile.

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Then later, at 6:57 p.m. sharp, the group was back upstairs for the main event, the Run for the Roses race. Clutching our bet slips even tighter in hopes of winning big, we watched from the private terrace of the trackside mansion as Rich Strike, 80 to 1, took victory in a stunning knockdown – the most big since 1913, in fact. Many were shocked by the events that had just unfolded, not knowing how to react, and a good chunk of people lost money, but that didn’t stop the celebrations – after all, there were still two races left. to argue.

2022 Kentucky Derby
80 to 1 longshot and underdog Rich Strike crosses the finish in a stunning knockdown.

Diane Bondareff

Being at the Kentucky Derby is one thing, but seeing it in person during such a momentous year – when America’s most famous race returned to full capacity after two very long years and an underdog horse emerged victorious. – was an experience I will not soon forget. What makes the Derby so great is that you don’t have to know anything about horses to have fun. All you need is your headgear, your betting slip and a mint julep, and you can absolutely expect a good time.

Longines Master Collection 34 mm watch in stainless steel and diamonds, alligator strap

Longines
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$2,750.00

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