Longines Ambassador of Elegance since 1999 Who could better embody Longines’ motto “Elegance is an attitude” than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? The Indian beauty has been the face of the Swiss brand since 1999. Considered by many as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born in Mangalore (India). Early on, her striking beauty and encouragement from those around her led her to pursue modeling, which she practiced while studying architecture. After having phenomenal success, she became a professional model. At this time, she was sought after by the Indian film industry, particularly by Bollywood, but was participating in the Miss India contest. After winning the title, she went on to represent her country in the 1994-1995 Miss World contest, which she won. She went on to accept the numerous film propositions she had received from the Indian film industry; she began her acting career in 1996, becoming increasingly successful and working with the best auteurs in the business from the legendary Yash Chopra to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mani Ratnam. She received several awards (including the Indian equivalent of the Oscars) and recognitions. In 2002, she played in “Devdas” - one of the most ambitious films in Bollywood history having known international success - which triumphed at the Cannes Film Festival. Aishwarya gained international popularity there and, the following year, became the first Indian member of the festival’s jury. Hollywood couldn’t resist her and, in 2004, she appeared in her first English film, “Bride and Prejudice”, and played in other international productions thereafter. Aishwarya became one of her country’s favourite celebrities. Her international fame and her talent helped her to become the first Indian actress to work in Hollywood cinema. In 2008, she was included in the Forbes ranking; this was the first time that an Indian actress had appeared on the prestigious list. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan became world-renowned and was also the first Bollywood celebrity to appear in the David Letterman Late Show and to be acknowledged by Oprah Winfrey. On top of her accomplishments, in 2009, she was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India. In November 2012 in Bombay, France awarded her the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Though blessed by her talents, this young woman hasn’t forgotten those who are suffering. In 2004, she created a charitable organization, The Aishwarya Rai Foundation, to be able to give back to the society. In 2012, she was named UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations, and Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador. Most recently she was awarded the prestigious First Ladies award by the President of India. In the spring of 2007, Aishwarya united her destiny to Bollywood’s greatest family, marrying actor Abhishek Bachchan, the son of legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan and famous actress Jaya Bachchan. From this union, Aaradhya was born in 2011.
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.
Praised South Korean actor, accomplished director and producer, Jung Woo-Sung perfectly underlines Longines’ motto “Elegance is an attitude”. Undoubtedly one of the most renowned and successful stars in his country, Jung began his career as a fashion model.
Kate Winslet, the magnificent Oscar-winning actress, joined the Longines family 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).
Mikaela was introduced to the world of alpine skiing at the age of 3 through her parents Eileen and Jeff who have been very supportive throughout her career. Since her very first race, aged just 15, at the World Cup 2011, she has simply just excelled. Multiple World Champion, overall World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist, she is the first athlete to win 17 World Cup races during a season, reinforcing her status of one of that very small elite : today’s top female skiers. And while her specialist disciplines are the technical events, she is competing more and more frequently in speed races, claiming several World Cup wins in Downhill, Super-G and Combined. Mikaela also won the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize for three consecutive years - the 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons. This prize, initiated 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 Ski World Cup.
Longines Ambassador of Elegance since 2012, Simon Baker perfectly personifies the core values of the brand and underlines the slogan “Elegance is an attitude” Australian actor and director Simon Baker is recognized around the world for his engaging and charismatic performances across film and television. These roles include the titular character of Patrick Jane in the acclaimed series The Mentalist, which cemented his place as an international star. The Mentalist soon became one of the highest rated shows, breaking viewing records right out of the gate. Over the years, Simon Baker has received numerous best lead actor nominations by the Screen Actors Guild, the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes. Simon Baker was also seen in different roles including the hit comedy drama The Devil wears Prada, the Wall Street drama Margin Call, Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil, the suspense thriller The Ring Two and the action horror film Land of the Dead.
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”.
Dressage’s rising star Sönke Rothenberger has become a Longines Ambassador of Elegance
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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