Essential Quality wins the 153rd Belmont Stakes timed by Swiss Watchmaker Longines

June 5, 2021

On June 5, 2021 Longines had the honor of timing the victory of Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez in the 153rd Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. To celebrate the win, the Swiss watchmaker awarded Essential Quality’s owner, trainer and jockey with Longines timepieces. Second place was taken by Hot Rod Charlie ridden by Flavien Prat, followed by Rombauer ridden by John R. Velazquez. 

Longines also presented elegant timepieces to Althiqa’s owner, trainer, and jockey who won the Longines Just a Game Stakes race. 

This weekend, fans from all over the country showed their Race Day attire in the Longines Prize for Elegance Fashion Contest. A panel of judges, including Horse Racing Host/Reporter/Analyst, Acacia Courtney, and Longines US Brand President Brittany Garcia selected the most elegant contestants, keeping with the brand’s motto, “Elegance is an Attitude.” 

Longines DolceVita: The Official Watch of the 153rd Longines Belmont Stakes

Since it was created in 1997, the Longines DolceVita collection has been an ode to the sweet Italian way of life. Smooth and sunny, warm and glamorous. Like a daydream on the terrace of a village square, a stroll through the narrow streets of Rome, or blissful relaxation by the sea. 

Subtly combining geometric lines and soft curves, the Longines DolceVita collection is characterized by its rectangular case inspired by a 1920s model. Crafted in steel and enhanced with diamonds, this model features a silvered “flinqué” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals. Driven by a quartz movement, the hours and minutes are indicated by fine blued steel hands. This timepiece has an interchangeable blue leather strap.

Photo Credit: Diane Bondareff, AP Images for Longines

Photo: Winner of the Belmont Stakes race, Essential Quality ridden by Luis SaezPhoto Credit: Diane Bondareff, AP Images for Longines

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