THE RALEIGH/COMCAST TEAM WIN THE LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX

Photo Credit: The Polo Life/Mitchell Zachs.
Match report courtesy of Alex Webbe.

2013 Champions Retain the Coveted Trophy

The ninth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, culminated on Sunday afternoon in a tense final match between the tournament’s top two teams, resulting in a closely-fought win by defending champions The Raleigh/Comcast.

The Raleigh/Comcast team, 2013 Champions, with Adrian Simonetti [CEO La Martina]

The Raleigh/Comcast team, 2013 Champions, with Adrian Simonetti [CEO La Martina]


The Raleigh Hotel/Comcast team, comprised of Bash Kazi, John Gobin, Juan Monteverde and David Totari, trailed by two goals at halftime but exploded with six third chukker goals to ride past a talented La Martina foursome, consisting of Santi Torres, Carlos Gracida and Guillermo Steta, to win 12-10 in the final afternoon match.

The two teams fought to a 3-3 tie in the opening chukker with La Martina’s Santi Torres scoring the opening goal of the match before converting on a two-point shot from midfield. The Raleigh/Comcast scored a pair of goals from Juan Monteverde (one on a penalty shot) and a single goal from John Gobin for the 3-3 score.

Pro Hall of Famer Carlos Gracida took the reins in the second period, scoring on a two-point shot from over 50 yards out and a single goal to give La Martina a 6-4 halftime advantage. Monteverde scored The Raleigh/Comcast team’s only goal of the chukker. The Raleigh/Comcast team took control of the game in the third period with six goals. Gobin scored twice from the arena and added a 2-pointer. Monteverde scored twice in the chukker for a 10-8 lead. Torres and Gracida scored single goals for La Martina who trailed for the first time all day.

Grey Goose vs SLH in Matchplay on Saturday, April 27th, at the LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

Grey Goose vs SLH in Matchplay on Saturday, April 27th, at the LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

Merchant Hub vs La Martina in Matchplay on Saturday, April 27th, at the LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

Merchant Hub vs La Martina in Matchplay on Saturday, April 27th, at the LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

La Martina fought to get back in to the game in the fourth and final period, the Raleigh/Comcast team’s defense was up to the task. La Martina scored two goals from Torres but responded with single goals from Gobin and Monteverde for the 12-10 victory. Gobin and Monteverde scored six goals apiece for the Raleigh/Comcast team. Gobin was named MVP for the final match. Santi Torres’ mare “Mary West” received Best Playing Pony honors.

The Raleigh/Comcast Team vs James Royal Palm/JetBlue in Matchplay on Saturday, April 27th, at the LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

The Raleigh/Comcast Team vs James Royal Palm/JetBlue in Matchplay on Saturday, April 27th, at the LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

Earlier games had the team from Grey Goose scoring an 11-9 win over SLH, while Merchant Hub and The James Royal Palm Hotel/Jet Blue fought to a 10-10 draw.

This year’s tournament was the most exciting competition we have had to-date,” said Bruce Orosz, president and co-founder of The Polo Life, LLC. “We thank all of our patrons, sponsors and supporters for making this year the best ever.”

BASELWORLD 2013 Report: Longines Debuts New Watch Models

As a partner of some of the most prestigious flat races in the world, Longines has long been keen to launch a collection of timepieces to be worn amidst the parade rings at Chantilly, Hong Kong, Royal Ascot, Dubai racecourses or pretty much anywhere in the sporting world. With Conquest Classic, HydroConquest, The Longines Heritage Military 1938 and La Grande Classique de Longines 100 Diamonds, Longines is launching new models that perfectly embody its core values of elegance, tradition and performance. True to the brand’s values of elegance, tradition and performance, these new models, all fitted with self-winding calibres, are at the same time contemporary and perfectly timeless.

With a diameter of 41 mm, this Conquest Classic chronograph in steel and rose gold, houses the exclusive mechanical column-wheel caliber L688. Its black dial is set with one arabic numeral and 11 applied indices. It displays the hours and the minutes, a small second at 9, a 30-minute counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6 and the date at 4:30. It is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.

With a diameter of 41 mm, this Conquest Classic chronograph in steel and rose gold, houses the exclusive mechanical column-wheel caliber L688. Its black dial is set with one arabic numeral and 11 applied indices. It displays the hours and the minutes, a small second at 9, a 30-minute counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6 and the date at 4:30. It is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.

Conquest Classic: A timeless collection for the world of horse-racing
The “Conquest” brand was patented through the WIPO on 25 May 1954. Since then this name has been used for many successful models manufactured by Longines across the years. Today, Conquest Classic joins the brand’s other collections of classical beauty that have helped to make Longines’ reputation and success throughout the world. This new line is dedicated to those race-goers who share the excitement of the season’s most prestigious race meetings, from Chantilly to Hong Kong and from Dubai to Royal Ascot.

Conquest Classic joins the brand’s collections of classical beauty that have helped to make Longines’ reputation and success throughout the world. With a diameter of 29.50 mm, this lady model in rose gold, fitted with a black alligator strap, houses the mechanical caliber L595. Its black dial is set with 3 arabic numerals and 9 applied indices with Super-LumiNova® and displays the hours, the minutes and the seconds as well as the date at 3 o’clock. Just as the entire collection Conquest Classic, this timepiece is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.

Conquest Classic joins the brand’s collections of classical beauty that have helped to make Longines’ reputation and success throughout the world. With a diameter of 29.50 mm, this lady model in rose gold, fitted with a black alligator strap, houses the mechanical caliber L595. Its black dial is set with 3 arabic numerals and 9 applied indices with Super-LumiNova® and displays the hours, the minutes and the seconds as well as the date at 3 o’clock. Just as the entire collection Conquest Classic, this timepiece is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.

As a partner of the most prestigious flat races in the world, Longines was keen to launch a collection of timepieces to be worn amidst the excitement of the parade rings at prestigious racecourses. With a diameter of 41 mm, this chronograph in steel, houses the exclusive mechanical column-wheel caliber L688. 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 collection Conquest Classic, this timepiece is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.

As a partner of the most prestigious flat races in the world, Longines was keen to launch a collection of timepieces to be worn amidst the excitement of the parade rings at prestigious racecourses. With a diameter of 41 mm, this chronograph in steel, houses the exclusive mechanical column-wheel caliber L688. 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 collection Conquest Classic, this timepiece is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.

Conquest Classic is available in three sizes. The ladies’ models have a diameter of 29.50 mm and show the hours, minutes and seconds as well as the date and are available in steel, rose gold or in a combination of steel and rose gold. The black or silvered dial has applied 12, 6 and 9 numerals, lending this model a truly sporty look. The various versions are also available with a diameter of 40.00 mm. The mother-of-pearl dial set with 12 diamonds lends the ladies’ models an extra air of refinement, and in some models the bezel is also set with 30 diamonds. These models are fitted on black alligator straps or steel or steel and rose gold bracelets, each to match the dial. All straps and bracelets have a folding safety clasp. Continue reading

Federal Councillor Widmer-Schlumpf Opens BASELWORLD 2013 in Basel, Switzerland

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Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf ceremonially opens BASELWORLD 2013, the world’s most important watch and jewelry show, From April 25 through May 2 at Exhibition Center Basel (Messe Basel). For the first time, BASELWORLD (organised by MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd.) is being staged in the new hall complex designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron. In the course of BASELWORLD 2013, 1460 exhibitors from the watch and jewelry industry, from a total of 40 different countries, are presenting their latest models and collections. Over the eight days, some 100,000 professional visitors and more than 3500 media representatives from 100 countries are expected to attend.

Neubau Messe Basel 2013

Neubau Messe Basel 2013

BASELWORLD 2013 | Global Brands | Hall 1.0

BASELWORLD 2013 | Global Brands | Hall 1.0

BASELWORLD 2013

Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, accompanied by Eva Herzog (a Member of the Cantonal Government of Basel-Stadt), Jacques J. Duchêne (President of the Exhibitors’ Committee) and René Kamm (CEO of MCH Group) opened the show.

The new hall complex, designed by Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron and completed in time for this year’s BASELWORLD, combines functionality with aesthetics and makes it possible for the exhibitors to showcase their brand and products even more impressively. For this purpose, some 1000 exhibition stands are going to be used for the first time ever at BASELWORLD 2013. With their spectacular stand structures, the exhibitors are giving the show an even greater radiance than ever before, unrivalled anywhere in the world.

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The show management has also developed a new show layout in close cooperation with the exhibitors, reflecting the trend towards the growing significance of the brand worlds in the watch and jewelry industry as well as the increasing overlap between the various sectors. Continue reading