Glamourous opening of Commonwealth Games 2014

Aishwarya RaiIndian actress Aishwarya Rai attended the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Scotland`s largest city as the Longines Ambassador of Elegance. Aishwarya, who was dressed in a black coat with her lustrous locks tied in a high bun, was accompanied at the event by Longines President Walter von Kanel. During this ceremony, the Baton was delivered to Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, who read her welcome message to the athletes. This event officially opened the 20th Commonwealth Games. Over a period of 288 days, the Baton visited 71 Nations and Territories, and covered 190,000km.

Longines is the Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Games, that are held in Glasgow from 23 July to 3 August 2014. In addition, the Swiss watch brand is the Presenting Partner of the Gymnastics competitions. It provides more than 190 timekeepers and 122 tonnes of equipment to support the event.

The Official Watch of Glasgow 2014 is a chronograph in steel from the Conquest Classic collection, housing an exclusive mechanical column-wheel calibre. With a diameter of 41 mm, its black dial is set with one arabic numeral and 11 applied indices with Super-LumiNova®. It displays the hours and the minutes, a small second at 9, a 30-minute counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6 as well as the date at 4:30. Just as the entire Conquest Classic collection, this timepiece is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. It features 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers.

Longines’ involvement in the Commonwealth Games dates back to 1962, when it was the Timekeeper of the event in Perth, Australia.

Mr. Walter von Känel and Aishwarya Rai

Mr. Walter von Känel and Aishwarya Rai

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