ARGENTINE OPEN POLO TOURNAMENT

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ARGENTINE OPEN POLO TOURNAMENT: AN 8TH VICTORY FOR PABLO MAC DONOUGH!

La Dolfina, led by Adolfo Cambiaso, beat arch-rival Ellerstina with a score of 14 to 13 at the close of the thoroughly electrifying final of the Argentine Open. It was a magnificent victory for the team, and for the most daring of our partners, Pablo Mac Donough, who held aloft the trophy of the prestigious Argentine Open for an 8th time in his career.

 

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This 124th edition of the event, held at the Campo Argentino de Polo, known as ‘the Cathedral of Polo’, in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires, pitted against each other the two greatest polo teams of today, before a public that turned out in droves to attend the match. The atmosphere was charged, to say the least! As usual, Pablo wore his RM 053 Tourbillon during play, a wristwatch remarkable for its titanium carbide armour specifically designed to withstand the extreme impacts inevitable in polo.

 

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Down 3-1 in the first chukka, La Dolfina surged back during the second, thanks to goals by Cambiaso and Mac Donough. The score was then neck-and-neck until the fourth chukka, when Pablo’s team opened a handsome four-goal lead, for a score of 13-9. Ellerstina nonetheless returned the charge, marking 4 consecutive points and pushing the game into overtime. Taking advantage of an air shot by Polito Pieres, La Dolfina regained possession of the ball. A long pass by Adolfo Cambiaso to Juan Martín Nero allowed the latter to score, ending the match, which has been hailed as historic.

 

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Crowned Argentina’s champions for the 11th time, La Dolfina also won the five previous editions of the tournament. Pablo won the Fair Play tournament award (for the fewest fouls).

This was the public’s last opportunity to see Pablo play wearing his RM 053, as Richard Mille has developed an all-new polo calibre with the Argentinian player, also driven by a tourbillon mechanism, but even more sturdy, thanks to an unprecedented technology. This latest watch will be unveiled at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2018.

 

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup 2017

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Jaeger-LeCoultre enjoys a rich history with polo, ever since the creation of the Reverso watch in 1931. The mythical story of the Reverso watch began in 1931 when a British army officer who had broken the glass of his watch during a polo match in India, raised the challenge to create a model sufficiently robust to survive a polo match unscathed. This challenge, successfully accomplished by the Manufacture at the time, led to the creation of the Reverso watch with a swivelling case to protect the dial. Through the Manufacture’s passion for the sport of Polo, a watchmaking icon was born.

 

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This year, the top ten teams are entering the 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, the most coveted prize in high goal professional polo outside of Argentina. The Draw to decide matchplay in the opening league phase took place in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s flagship boutique at 13 Old Bond Street, London.

 

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Polo Player Nic Roldan

 

In addition to its technical aspects and the beauty of its movement, the Reverso watch embodies first and foremount a style – namely, the Art Deco. This trend with its decidedly modern connotations, was expressed by a revolutionary aesthetic language capable of uniting art and the avant-garde. More than merely a style, this movement embodies a philosophy that aspired to create a utopian world in which reason merged with splendour, modernity with tradition, and form was born of function.

 

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The Reverso watch, originally launched in 1931, has been reinvented for eighty-six years while staying true to its original design principles. It is much more than a watch. It measures time, and it preserves its history. The Reverso is unique in the world: in one watch, there are two faces through a patented swiveling case. Thus, in a single gesture, the model reveals another face. Generations have come and gone, styles have evolved, yet the Reverso remains true to itself, to its aesthetic codes, to its inimitable swivel. The back of the Reverso is an invitation to personalize. In the Manufacture’s dedicated workshop, highly skilled artisans can reproduce a favorite painting, a miniature portrait, initials, a poem… Some stories deserve to be captured forever.

 

 

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1930’s Polo in India

 

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1937, Reverso engraved for Edward VIII of England, who was also a polo player

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cowdray Park Polo Club

More than 10 years now of partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cowdray Park Polo Club, first as Official Timekeeper and additionally, since 2015, as title sponsor of the most prestigious polo tournament in the world.

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The iconic swivelling case engraved on this special occasion

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cowdray have started a new tradition. Every year four specially engraved Reverso watches are honouring the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polo Gold Cup winners. Personalised with the date of the tournament and the revered Gold Cup trophy, the engraved Reverso watches encapsulate the longstanding relationship of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cowdray Park Polo Club. Once again this year, the four Polo Gold Cup specially engraved Reverso will add a new milestone to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s rich heritage and history. A timeless model for lovers of beautiful objects that stand the test of time.

 

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CHAMPAGNE LANSON

ANOTHER PERFECT START TO…SUMMER for CHAMPAGNE LANSON

3RD-YEAR SPONSORSHIP WITH CHESTERTONS POLO IN THE PARK,      9-11 JUNE 2017

40TH-ASSOCIATED PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON, 3-16 JULY 2017 

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THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF CHAMPAGNE LANSON’S ORGANIC GREEN LABEL & NEW NEOPRENE BOTTLE COOLER JACKETS

 

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The tradition of Champagne Lanson’s exclusive tie-ups with the summer’s key sporting and social calendar events has been confirmed for 2017 with its sponsorship of Chestertons Polo in the Park and Champagne Lanson’s 40th associated year with The Championships, Wimbledon.

CHESTERTONS POLO IN THE PARK Champagne Lanson’s ‘The Perfect Start to… Summer’ campaign will begin with its exclusive Champagne sponsorship of Chestertons Polo in the Park on 9th June 2017. This will be Champagne Lanson’s third year with one of the most hotly anticipated fixtures on London’s sporting and social calendars. Champagne Lanson will once again be recreating its largest outdoor Champagne Garden, overlooking the field of play at Hurlingham Park – a glamorous focal point at last year’s event. In 2017, Champagne Lanson plans to theme its sponsored areas predominantly white to highlight its White Label cuvée (one of the first Champagnes designed to also work with flavour enhancers such as a zest of an orange or lemon, a slice of strawberry, or a sprig of fresh mint).

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It will have its Magnum, Methuselah and 75cl formats of its White Label cuvée as a theme across its now legendary Champagne Garden; as well as Magnum and 75cl bottles of its popular Rose Label (which remains the UK’s No.1 non-vintage Brut rosé Champagne).

Combining world-class sport, a host of London’s most exciting Polo players, restaurants and Europe’s longest outdoor Champagne bar, Chestertons Polo in the Park is the perfect setting for polo fans and London’s social society to kick-off the summer season in style.

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Paul Beavis, Managing Director, UK & International says: “As a brand that embodies excellence, innovation and celebrates achievements, Champagne Lanson continues to be proud of its association with Chestertons Polo in the Park. This exciting event has become one of the most hotly anticipated fixtures and is the most fun you and your friends or family members can have in central London.”

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Rory Heron, Managing Director, Sportgate International says: “Over the three action- packed days, six teams representing cities from all over the globe will battle to be crowned the victors of Chestertons Polo in the Park 2017. We were proud to be the first event of Champagne Lanson’s #ThePerfectStart to… summer campaign. Champagne Lanson’s choice to lead with their Rose Label across the site led to record Champagne sales inside their incredible pink Champagne Garden last year; and we know Lanson’s White Label cuvée plans for this year will resonate with our guests, as it fits perfectly with the theme of Polo.”

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International Polo Club Palm Beach

 

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The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States.

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U.S. Open Polo Championship final

Valiente wins U.S. Open Championship

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The final was exciting from the second the ball left the umpire’s hand to begin the game. Orchard Hill’s Polito Pieres took the throw-in and found Facundo Pieres on the end of a pass. Facundo bounced a shot in off the goal post to open the scoring less than 30 seconds into the game. After both teams traded penalty goals with Facundo converting a penalty 4 for Orchard Hill and Diego Cavanagh converting a penalty 2 for Valiente, 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso drove downfield with time expiring. Shooting at goal from approximately 60 yards out, the ball sailed over the inside edge of the goal post, narrowly missing a goal by inches. The smallest of margins was determining the outcome of the game between two highly skilled and well-mounted teams.

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The tense game continued as Diego Cavanagh took advantage of early fouls from Orchard Hill to score the first 5 Valiente goals (4 penalty goals, 1 field goal). Meanwhile Orchard Hill was controlling open play as Polito Pieres scored his first goal of the game while Facundo Pieres scored his third goal to maintain the 4-4 tie after two chukkers.
Orchard Hill exploded in the third chukker, outscoring Valiente 5-2. Orchard Hill converted 5 of 7 shot attempts as they looked to seize control of the game and gain a lead over a tough Valiente team that was set on making a comeback. The emergence of Polito Pieres for Orchard Hill was a huge factor. He had his best game of the season, highlighted by a first half that saw him score 4 of his 6 goals and win 6 of his game-leading 11 throw-ins on the day to give Orchard Hill a 9-6 edge heading into halftime.
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Valiente showed why they were the highest-scoring team of the 2017 season to start the second half as Cambiaso scored off the first throw-in to cut the deficit to two goals.
Cambiaso wasn’t done there, as Matias Torres Zavaleta hit a perfect backhand to set him up for a breakaway and put a lot of pressure on Orchard Hill as their 3-goal lead quickly shrunk to 1 goal. Just as it seemed Valiente would keep scoring, Polito Pieres snuck up behind Cambiaso and stole the ball, springing himself on a breakaway to give some momentum back to Orchard Hill. 
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Valiente hit their stride and won the fifth chukker 2-0 to tie the game at 11. After Cambiaso gave Valiente their first lead of the game with his fifth goal of the game,
Cavanagh had a penalty 3 opportunity to extend the lead to 2 with less than three minutes remaining. Surprisingly, he did not convert, a rare miss for the 73% penalty shooter. Polito Pieres answered by taking a Facundo backhand and hit a cut shot from 40 yards out that just found its way inside the goal post to tie the game. 
Seconds before the final horn Facundo Pieres caught Cavanagh on a turn near the Valiente goal. After a reversed call and a challenge, Orchard Hill had a penalty 4 opportunity. The ball sailed over the goalpost just wide, throwing the game into overtime.
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Best Playing Pony 2017 played by Adolfo Cambiaso

After six chukkers Orchard Hill had shot a very efficient 11 of 15 (73%) from the field, while winning the throw-in battle 20-9, possibly giving them a slight edge heading into overtime. Both teams had their chances to end the game, with Facundo and Polito Pieres both making runs at goal for Orchard Hill while Cambiaso missed a goal by inches on a shot from 40 yards out. After the ball went out of play approximately 100 yards from the Orchard Hill goal, Cavanagh broke out of the back end of the line-up and ran to goal, putting the ball through for his seventh goal of the game to hand Valiente the 13-12 victory and the 2017 U.S. Open Polo Championship title. 

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Horse of the Year was ”Los Machitos Jazzita,” played by Facundo Pieres

 

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Final Stats- Orchard Hill vs Valiente _US Open Final_

 

All photos © David Lominska/IPC

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Sport of Kings, King of Sports

 Polo is a game with a rich cultural history. Originating in Persia over 2,000 years ago, it is one of the oldest team sports in recorded history.

In the beginning, polo was a training game for cavalry units. To these warlike tribesmen, who played it with as many as 100 to a side, it was a miniature battle.

The Moguls were then responsible for taking the game from Persia tot he East, where it became known as “the sport of kings“.

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Polo is taken from the word ’pholo’ meaning ’ball’ or   ’ballgame’ in the Balti language of Tibet.

By the 16th century polo was well established in India in Mainpur, the English Army Officers discovered the game. They went on to found the world’s first polo club.

Today, more than 77 countries across the world play polo. It was an Olympic sport from 1900-1939.

Polo continues to represent the pinnacle of sport. This is a feeling epitomised by the famous verse inscribed on a stone tablet next to a polo ground in Gilgit, Pakistan: Let others play at other things. ’’The king of sports is still the sport of kings.’’

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Our passion and love for horses and Polo you can see in the photographs. For this collection all about Polo and the polo pony, from the game to behind the scenes we travelled to Dubai and London, and shot the most beautiful, magical pictures.

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