One of Switzerland’s most exclusive horse-racing events is White Turf. This is held annually on the frozen lake near the majestic mountains of St. Moritz. It combines elegance, performance, and tradition by allowing the guests – both locals and foreigners – to experience a great range of entertainment, live music, champagne, local food catering, VIP lounges, and of course, betting. This equestrian competition has, in fact, the highest prize money in all of Switzerland.
Longines, the Swiss watch brand based in Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832, is a proud main partner and is the official timekeeper of the White Turf races. For generations, it has been the official timekeeper of world championships and a partner of international sports federations. Like the races, its watchmaking expertise reflects a combination of tradition, elegance, and performance. For this year, the official watch of White Turf released by Longines was the Conquest V.H.P. (Very High Precision), and it features a long battery life, high technology, and a sporty look all while maintaining the brand’s iconic elegance.
The three most highly remunerated races for the categories of gallop, skijoring, and trot are the Longines 81st Grand Prix of St. Moritz, the Grand Prix Credit Suisse, and the Grand Prix BMW, respectively. The third and final White Turf Sunday was a very exciting top-class event which was spectated by 13,500 people.
Aside from the White Turf races, the town of St. Moritz also offers many more amenities for an enjoyable winter getaway in the Swiss Alps such as skiing, shopping, and gallery visits among many others. Of course, there are lots of cozy hotels to accommodate visitors like the Hotel Giardino Mountain. There are also a number of notable restaurants and bars like the Kulm Country Club and Restaurant Bellavista.
Photos: Longines and Darya von Bergen