RIDE ON TIME

Chris­tian Barker

Hong Kong Tatler - - | Style -

ince 1957, when the Swiss watch­maker forged an al­liance with Bri­tish showjumper Pat Smythe, Rolex has been closely aligned with eques­tri­an­ism. To­day, the brand counts among its tes­ti­monees nu­mer­ous lead­ing com­pet­i­tive riders, in­clud­ing Kent Far­ring­ton, Scott Brash, Eric La­maze, Mered­ith Michaels­beer­baum, Ber­tram Allen and Zara Tin­dall. Ad­di­tion­ally, Rolex is the head­line spon­sor of a num­ber of the most pres­ti­gious eques­trian events, not least the Royal Wind­sor Horse Show in Lon­don and the Rolex Cen­tral Park Horse Show in New York.

The watch­maker feels its val­ues of el­e­gance, pre­ci­sion and test­ing the very lim­its of per­for­mance are won­der­fully re­flected by events such as these, which at­tract the best riders on earth. One such out­stand­ing eques­trian, lead­ing showjumper Kent Far­ring­ton, de­scribes the Royal Wind­sor Horse Show as “five days of top-flight com­pe­ti­tion, set against the back­drop of his­toric Wind­sor Cas­tle,” boast­ing “world­class showjump­ing, dres­sage, car­riage driv­ing and en­durance rid­ing com­pe­ti­tions.”

Far­ring­ton, who picked up a sil­ver medal at the 2016 Olympics as a mem­ber of the US showjump­ing team, and won the Rolex Grand Prix at Royal Wind­sor in 2017 and the Grand Prix at the Rolex Cen­tral Park Horse Show that same year, chooses to wear a Rolex Gmt-mas­ter II. The watch, very hand­ily, al­lows him to track the time si­mul­ta­ne­ously in Berk­shire and Man­hat­tan, home to these two il­lus­tri­ous events.

Of the an­nual Royal Wind­sor Horse Show, Far­ring­ton says, “I was priv­i­leged to win there in 2016, as that year the show in­cluded 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions for Her Majesty the Queen.” (We might add that Queen El­iz­a­beth II com­peted in the show be­fore her as­cen­sion to the throne, as did her sis­ter, Princess Mar­garet.) “I even got to meet her.”

Orig­i­nally known as the Wind­sor Horse and Dog Show, the event was es­tab­lished in 1943 to aid the war ef­fort, and per­formed

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