The Global Champions Tour is an international showjumping championship which gathers world’s top riders and horses who compete for glory and the highest prize money in the sport. The GCT 2012 calendar is poised to deliver another breathtaking, action-packed year of world class show jumping around the globe, with Jaeger-LeCoultre as the official partner and time-keeper of the Tour for the 3rd year.
Nobility, speed, accuracy and impeccable dexterity are the principles that have consistently inspired the rules in both show jumping and the watchmaking art. “There is a historical, intrinsic link between Jaeger-LeCoultre and the world of horses”, - says Jérôme Lambert, Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO. – “It is not just about lifestyle and luxury, it is also about a tradition of excellence and the pursuit of something rare and appealing for connoisseurs, that can only be found with long preparation and a lot of talent”.
Jaeger-LeCoultre offers its iconic Reverso watch to the winner of each series. Each Reverso awarded as a prize is unique thanks to the special engraved design on the back of the swiveling case, that captures the special moment forever and makes one’s watch a treasured piece of personal history to wear.
The 2-times winner of the Global Champions Tour Edwina Tops-Alexander, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s aficionado, has ambitions goals for 2012 season with her legendary horse Itot du Chateau. Throughout 2012, Edwina will participate in the most prestigious jumping competitions, wearing a perfect symbol of a life dedicated to sport, the Reverso, which, in the ladies version, becomes a bejewelled and feminine evening watch at the flick of a wrist.
This year Jaeger-LeCoultre will pursue its presence at the following rounds of Global Champions Tour, adding to the unique experience of the riders and the public and presenting its latest watch collections:
Hamburg, Germany - May 16-20
GCT will take place in Hamburg with the Grand Prix providing the climax to this great equestrian event with record prize money and GCT ranking points on offer to the world-class competitors.
Cannes, France - June 14-16
Only 50 metres from the world famous Croisette, the Global Champions Tour show in Cannes is a special combination of glamour and top-class sport. Close to the Mediterranean port and the superyachts in the bay, it is a very special horse show at the heart of the French Riviera.
Last year Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s aficionado, thrilled the spectators when she won for the second year in a row, with her hugely popular horse Itot du Chateau.
Monte-Carlo, Monaco - June 28-30
The magical back drop of Port d’Hercule and the Prince’s Palace will again provide one of the most spectacular venues for the Global Champions Tour during the three day feast of world class show jumping.
Estoril, Portugal - July13-14
The wonderful parkland near the centre of Cascais in the Portuguese Riviera is transformed into a truly special equestrian stage for two days of top show jumping competition.
Chantilly, France - July 20-22
GCT Chantilly is played out against the exquisite Chateau de Chantilly and the beautiful Grand Stables, built in the 18thcentury by the grandson of Louis XIV.
Valkenswaard, Netherlands - August 17-19
The superb facilities created by GCT founder and president Jan Tops have reached new heights each year since the first International Concours Valkenswaard 19 years ago. This year’s GCT Valkenswaard at the Stal Tops private equestrian estate will take place from August 17-19.
Lausanne, Switzerland - September 14-16
Lausanne’s unique and beautiful location on the shores of Lake Geneva is a perfect complement to the stunning destinations on the prestigious Global Champions Tour. Switzerland has a proud history of show jumping with internationally acclaimed riders. Jaeger-LeCoultre has become the official partner and time-keeper of Grand Prix de Lausanne.
Vienna, Austria - September 21-23
Vienna, famously home to some of the world’s greatest composers, will host GCT for the first time in 2012 in September where the spectators will be thrilled by show jumping in the magnificent City Hall square (Rathausplatz).
Abu Dhabi, UAE - November 22-24
Global Champions Tour heads to the Arabian Gulf for the final round of 2012 Season. For the second year the Al Forsan International Sports Resort will host this prestigious climax to the season where Jaeger-LeCoultre will offer a legendary Atmos clock with a special engraving to the GCT winner.