Aaron Kwok is one of the most popular artist’s in Asia today: dancer, singer and actor, his outstanding performances on stage have earned him the nickname "the Michael Jackson of Hong Kong". There is no place where Kwok feels more at home than on the stage. His concerts, be they in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, the USA or Canada, are always sold out. Kwok is definitely THE singer in Asia today! His outstanding talent has earned him more than a hundred awards since the beginning of his career. With his many talents it was naturally not long before the film industry approached him. Success came immediately as Kwok won the award for best leading actor for his first film at the Golden Horse Awards in 2005. Only a year later he repeated this achievement and walked away with the award for the second time thanks to his extraordinary performance in the feature film After This Our Exile. A lover of luxury objects and watches in particular, Kwok joined the Longines family of ambassadors in 2005. When it comes to the disadvantaged, however, he is extremely generous, through the work of both the Aaron Kwok Charity Foundation Ltd (set up in 2003) and numerous other organisations that help victims of child abuse, among other things.
Who could embody Longines' motto "Elegance is an attitude" better than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? It should therefore come as no surprise that the Indian beauty has been an ambassador for the Swiss brand for 10 years now. Considered by many as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born in Mangalore (India) on 1 November 1973. Being a natural beauty she soon began modeling while studying architecture. In the light of her phenomenal success, she decided to go professional. In 1994 she won the Miss World title and was soon courted by Bollywood. She started working as an actress in 1996 with great success, receiving many roles and collecting a series of awards. In 2002 she starred in Devdas, the most ambitious film in Bollywood's history, which triumphed at the Cannes Film Festival. Aishwarya gained international fame and was asked to join the festival jury the following year. Hollywood couldn’t resist and her first film in English, Bride and Prejudice, was released in 2004, and followed by other American productions. Although blessed by the gods, this beautiful woman has never forgotten those less fortunate than herself. She has set up a charitable foundation which bears her name in order to help the most disadvantaged people in India. In spring 2007 Aishwarya joined the most prestigious Bollywood family by marrying actor Abhishek Bachchan.
Aksel Lund Svindal had already been a champion in the junior category before becoming World Champion in Combined in 2002 in Italy. That same year, he also won the silver medal in Super-G and the bronze medals in Downhill and Slalom.
Andre Agassi is one of the greatest tennis players ever. Nicknamed "the Kid of Las Vegas", he has won all four Grand Slam singles titles, without mentioning his victories in Davis Cup, Masters Series and an Olympic gold medal. His duels with Pete Sampras, amazing moments of sport became the dominant rivalry in tennis of the 1990's. Agassi's game was famous for its precision and its exceptional timing. He also had a remarkable endurance and was extremely combative. Agassi's unique style, his kindness and the emotions he was transmitting while playing made him the most popular tennis player of his time. In 2006, Las Vegas' player, aged 36 retires, ending his career with 60 singles titles. Agassi is married to Stefanie Graf (2001). The couple has two children. Since retiring, Agassi has been devoted to his family and his charitable work through The Andre Agassi Charitable Fondation (founded in 1994) to assist the youth of Las Vegas and provide them educational opportunities. He also opened up a public school in his home town in 2001 for at-risk children. Longines was happy to welcome this tennis legend among its Ambassadors in 2007, the very year its new Sport Collection was launched.
Longines is delighted to announce the appointment of rhythmic gymnasts Arina and Dina Averina as its new Ambassadors of Elegance. Since 2014 when they first entered World Cup competitions, the Russian sisters have set themselves apart and claimed many medals. These talented and elegant young athletes perfectly embody Longines’ motto “Elegance is an Attitude”.
Over the last few years, her perfect face has become one of the best known in Asia. As a successful top model, she has been featured on the covers of some of the leading international publications. But for Chi Ling, internal beauty counts as much as physical qualities: for her it is important to be constantly learning and evolving. With a degree from the University of Toronto, the young Venus from Taiwan is passionate about art and in particular sculpture. Chi Ling also devotes her time to various causes that are close to her heart, including the World Vision AIDS Orphan Project. Longines could not help coming under her spell and the young model became a Longines ambassador of elegance in 2005. A regular on the cat-walk, Chi Ling soon became a favourite in the world of show business. Today, apart from modelling, she is a successful television presenter. In addition she has become a star presenter of ceremonies such as the Golden Horse Awards, the Golden Melody Award and many others. As soon as she appears on the screen the number of viewers soars! Chi Ling will soon be crossing the final barrier between her and the world of cinema: she was asked to take a role in the legendary John Woo’s film The Battle of Red Cliff and is now making her début on the silver screen opposite Tony Leung, one of Asia’s most renowned actors. Chi Ling has now definitely made it!
Lauded as Asia's new generation action hero, Eddie Peng (Yuyan Peng) has been constantly recognized by prestigious film awards such as Hong Kong Film Awards and Taipei Golden Horse Awards for his breakthrough performances in box office hits such as Unbeatable (2013) and Jump Ashin! (2011). He has concluded filming for Rise of the Legend (2014), a revival of the classic martial-arts genre where he plays the iconic kung-fu master Wong Fei Hung. Famous Hong Kong producer Bill Kong, who was credited for international successes, is behind this anticipated film. Eddie has also caught the eye of producers and directors in non-Chinese speaking countries such as South Korea. Throughout his acting career, Eddie has played many different roles with great conviction on both the silver screen and small screen; combining his innate talent and versatility with highly professional preparatory work. His dedication to his craft includes spending months getting into a role both mentally and physically. Combined with his can-do spirit and positive attitude, he is a role model for his fans all over Asia. Eddie was born in Taipei and grew up in Canada. His familiarity with both Eastern and Western cultures, and multi-talented background including music recording makes him a dynamic artist primed for the international stage.
The 20-year-old Giulia Steingruber from Gossau has been Swiss Champion several times in the individual all-around, on the floor and in apparatus disciplines. Voted “Swiss Athlete of the Year” in 2013, Giulia Steingruber has been excelling at the European Championships, notably in winning the gold medal in the vault two years in a row, in 2013 and in 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she also won the bronze medal in the floor exercise. Describing herself as ambitious, Giulia trains hard day after day and her steady progression within the past two years has resulted in her performing at the highest level of the discipline. Her next goal in mind? To win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
With her charm and her radiance, Ingeborga Dapkunaite is immediately captivating. Longines recognised her natural elegance and the actress joined Longines’ ambassadors of elegance in 2006. Ingeborga was born in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Fascinated by the theatre from a very young age, it was only natural that she would enrol in a drama school as soon as she could. Her immense talent was soon recognised, both in the former USSR and elsewhere in the world. During her career so far Ingeborga has worked with some of the greatest names in cinema and theatre, namely Brian de Palma, John Malkovich, Tom Cruise (in Mission Impossible) and Brad Pitt (in Seven Years in Tibet), to mention only a few. Ingeborga now lives in London.
Jane began professional competitions with a victory in 1998 at the Swiss Final Team Trophy in Kerzers (SUI). Since this first medal, she has always stayed in the top 10 best riders in her class. 2006 was probably her best season, with three first places (CS Uster (SUI); CSI-B in Siena (ITA); CSI-B Grand Prix in Siena (ITA)) and four times on the podium (CSIO-JY Kerzers (SUI); Ladies’ at the CSI-A in Neuendorf (SUI); CSI-JY Grand Prix in Copenhagen (DEN); Swiss Final Team Trophy in Humlikon (SUI). Jane achieved her best result ever in the Super League at the Dublin Horse Show 2007 (IRL) with a third place on Jalla De Gaverie.
Kate Winslet is one of the world’s best-known and best-loved actresses who has built a career on a series of film performances which defy type-casting – each one a new and different character, from high drama to comedy to passionate romance to quirky individualism. She made her film debut at the age of 17 in Peter Jackson’s ‘Heavenly Creatures’ and immediately made her mark. She won her first Oscar nomination in Ang Lee’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ but it was her performance as Rose in ‘Titanic’ that first brought her to the attention of millions worldwide and delivered her second Oscar nomination. She won further nominations for her roles in ‘Iris’, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and ‘Little Children’ and won Best Actress for her performance as a former Nazi in ‘The Reader’ in 2009. She is the youngest actress ever to have received 6 Oscar nominations. Other memorable and award-winning performances include ‘Revolutionary Road’ in which she was re-teamed with Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Sam Mendes, ‘Finding Neverland’ and ‘Romance and Cigarettes’. In 2010, Kate filmed the lead role in a five hour HBO television drama, ‘Mildred Pierce’, reprising the role once played by Joan Crawford in a film of the same name. The series will be seen in 2011. She joins the ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s action thriller ‘Contagion’ which will open in 2011. Kate has two children, Mia and Joe, and divides her time between New York and the UK. The Swiss watch brand Longines is very pleased to welcome her as an Ambassador of Elegance in 2010.
Kohei Uchimura is recognized by many as the best gymnast of all time. Born on January 3rd, 1989, the Japanese artistic gymnast was introduced to the world of gymnastics at the age of 3 through his parents, both former gymnasts. In 2007, he joined the Japan’s national gymnastics team and made a spectacular senior debut by claiming a bronze medal in the vault at the World Cup in Paris. The following year he competed in the Beijing Olympic Games where he captured the silver medal in the individual all-around and helped Japan take the second place in the team event. Since then, Uchimura has won all the major competitions, becoming the first gymnast to win every major all-around title in a single Olympic cycle. He accomplished this exceptional achievement twice by winning six world championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and gold at the London and Rio Olympics (2012 and 2016). Uchimura’s gymnastics skills are widely acclaimed as a “combination of tremendous difficulty, supreme consistency and extraordinary elegance of performance” (International Gymnast Magazine).
The talented American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin won the Slalom World Championships 2013 at only age 17 and the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize twice in a row – for the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons. This prize, organized by Longines, is awarded to the best female skier under the age of 21 and the best male skier under the age of 23 of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup. At the age of 3 Mikaela was introduced to the world of alpine skiing through her parents Eileen and Jeff who have been very supportive throughout her career. She grew up in the Vail valley and in New Hampshire and later attended Burke mountain academy in Vermont.
A Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actor, Australian-born Simon Baker has an impressive background that spans both film and television, capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. Baker can currently be seen playing ‘Patrick Jane’ in the hugely popular series The Mentalist on CBS. Currently in season 4, Baker plays a former ‘psychic’ scam artist who now uses his gifts of human observation to help the California Bureau of Investigation. His performance has earned him both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series. The Mentalist is one of the networks highest rated shows, breaking viewing records right out of the gate.
This highly talented icon of women’s tennis started playing at the age of four and quickly rose to join the top-ranking players. She was always admired for her professionalism as well as her courage and has gone down as one of the leading names in the annals of tennis. During a career that lasted 17 years, Stefanie won every possible title: 902 tournaments including 22 Grand Slams and an Olympic medal; she was no.1 in the WTA ranking for 377 weeks – a record that has not been beaten to this day. Stefanie Graf was indeed a superlative player! Graf officially retired in 1999 and has since devoted her time to her family – she and Andre Agassi have two children – as well as the charitable foundation she set up called “Children for Tomorrow”. The aim of the foundation is to provide help for children and families that have suffered the trauma of war, exile and violence. Stefanie and Longines share the same love of excellence, performance, revival and elegance. Through her courage, commitment and generosity, this tennis champion is the perfect embodiment of the brand’s values and slogan: “Elegance is an attitude”.
Adored by the audience for her pretty look and admirable professional acting skills, Zhao Liying has already an impressive list of successes despite her young age. Discovered in 2006, she made her acting debut in the 2006 historical series “Nanyue King,” and went on to star in such popular series as “New My Fair Princess” (2011), “Legend of Lu Zhen” (2013), “Boss & Me” (2014), “The Legend of Chusen 2” (2016-2017) and “Princess Agents” (2017). Titled as the “Queen of TV Viewing”, the highly-talented Chinese actress has also recently broken into the big screen. Her presence on an increasing number of cover magazines has lent her the status of a fashion icon. But it’s the elegance of her heart above all that made Longines fall for her.
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