Jaeger-LeCoul­tre and Bri­tish Polo Day

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ndia, 1930: César de Trey, a Swiss busi­ness­man, trav­els to Bom­bay to meet friends in the Bri­tish colo­nial army. A er a polo match, a player shows him his dam­aged watch; the glass has been bro­ken dur­ing the day’s play, and the player charges de Trey with cre­at­ing a model that will sur­vive the rigours of the game. As a con­nois­seur of watch­mak­ing, de Trey knew that the work­shops run by his friend Jac­ques-David LeCoul­tre had the re­quired ex­per­tise. The re­sul­tant Jaeger-LeCoul­tre Rev­erso time­piece – with its fa­mous swiv­el­ling case that protects the glass and dial by ex­pos­ing only the metal back to po­ten­tial knocks – has be­come in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to the sport, a bond that the Swiss watch brand has since strength­ened. Now the of­fi­cial time­keeper of the Bri­tish Polo Day, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre is reg­u­larly in­volved in this “cel­e­bra­tion of Bri­tish luxury and her­itage that spans the world”. Founded in 2009 by Ed­ward Olver and Tom Hud­son, the Bri­tish Polo Day Global Se­ries has 10 an­nual events that span Australia, China, France, Ger­many, Great Bri­tain, In­dia, Mex­ico, Morocco, Rus­sia, Sin­ga­pore, Sumba Is­land, Thai­land, the UAE and the United States. Each event fea­tures play­ers from some of Bri­tain’s lead­ing in­sti­tu­tions com­pet­ing against teams from the host coun­try, fol­lowed by a char­ity auc­tion. This year marked the re­turn of the sev­enth Bri­tish Polo Day to Dubai on March 27, at the Dubai Polo & Eques­trian Club – the set­ting for its very first event in 2009, while an Abu Dhabi edi­tion was held on March 21 at the Ghan­toot Rac­ing and Polo Club. The event is slated to re­turn to the UAE in March 2016.

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