Legendary Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre was the official timekeeper at the recently held British Polo Day event held in Jodhpur, India. British Polo Day celebrates the heritage and history of polo on a global platform that includes top companies, prominent guests, including key figures in government, the aristocracy, diplomats, military, art and popular culture and fashion.
It creates opportunities for business in emerging and growth markets, giving its partners unbridled access to international connections. British Polo Day is an ambitious and fast-growing company which partners with some of the world’s best brands such as Chelsea Barracks, VistaJet and hosted by His Highness The Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, British Polo Day celebrated its 71st global event in India.
On the eight year in the Blue City, guests were treated to the colours and vibrancy of Rajasthan, staying at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which was voted the number one hotel in India. The first day of British Polo Day Jodhpur pitted the Jodhpur Polo Team against the Mundota Fort & Palace, Jaipur Team who battled it out for the Marwar Trophy. Over 100 top British and international players have played at British Polo Day since its inception, and this year was no different, with names such as former England Captain and Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick and His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, known to his friends as ‘Pacho’, gracing the field.
The first day on the field pitted the Royal Salute team against Mayo College, helmed by Pacho Jaipur. A close-run match that saw Royal Salute scoring their fourth goal in the final seconds, but it wasn’t quite enough to pip Mayo College’s five goals, and Pacho and his team lifted the Marwar Tropy, presented by Miles Wood, sales director at Chelsea Barracks.
On the evening of the second day, guests followed a procession of fire breathers, Rajasthani trumpeters and traditional Marwari horses to the battlements of one of India’s largest forts, the majestic Mehrangahr Fort, for an event celebrating everything Indian. Peter Prentice, Royal Salute Global VIP Relationships Director & Chairman Keepers of The Quaich Society, led a traditional Royal Salute Quaich Experience to toast to His Highness and the Game of Kings.
The following day saw the British Army VistaJet team square off against Jodhpur II for the Umaid Bhawan Palace Cup. After a slow start, the action came in the fourth chukka, and with a minute to go the British Army took the lead by half a goal. With eleven seconds on the clock a sixty-yard penalty was awarded to Jodhpur, which they scored to settle the game by a half goal victory. Jodhpur I took on Mundota for the Yuvraj Shivraj Singh of Jodhpur plate, and strong play by Jodhpur saw them 5-2 up at the half. Jaipur came in strong in the second half and the game ended in an honourable draw. The cup was awarded by Bruno Gregolin of VistaJet and His Highness the Maharajah of Jodhpur.
The agile ‘Sahara”, ridden by His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, was named Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ‘Best Playing Pony’ by Nader Iskander Jaeger-LeCoultre Brand Director. Following the prize-giving ceremony, guests sat down for a gala dinner on the lawns of the Umaid Bawan Palace hosted by His Highness Gaj Singh II Maharajah of Marwar- Jodhpur. A grand total of £38,000 was raised for Head Injuries Through Sport, a charity close to the heart of British Polo Day.
Nader Iskander Jaeger-LeCoultre Brand Director said: “We are pleased with our association with the British Polo Day, since we have a historical connection with the sport of Polo which was the inspiration of creating our Reverso collection. Since the beginning of the 1930s, the watch was born of a challenge, that of designing a model that could withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India, its dial smoothly concealed by reversing the case, to reveal a back that fully protects the face from possible mallet strokes. Jaeger-Le-Coultre has always been about finding a symbiosis between form and function and the Reverso embodies that and has been enchanting both men and women with an eye for beauty since its creation and today continues to offer the world a timeless aesthetic”
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s association with top-flight brands, such as British Polo Day, is a time-honoured collaboration, which goes back many years. In 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre also partnered with Casa Fagliano, the celebrated Argentinian bootmakers. The exclusive nature of this collaboration with Casa Fagliano is being highlighted through a limited-edition collection of 100 pieces of the Reverso Tribute Duoface on a Casa Fagliano strap, which sport a two-tone cordovan leather strap, demonstrating outstanding leathercraft traditions.
A family business since 1892, Casa Fagliano’s hallmark is a soft and supple leather known for its great strength, following techniques handed down by tradition. For the Reverso Tribute Duoface, the two-tone strap features a light brown with a darker brown shade as well as tone-on-tone overstitching. Each strap is handcrafted, with its own patina and finishes, making it unique.
The words ‘Limited Edition – One of 100’ are engraved on its back, emphasizing exclusivity, as each watch will be available as a limited edition only in Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques.
There it will await those who appreciate expert craftsmanship, meticulous detail, and the pursuit of perfection – values that are shared by the Grande Maison and those it partners with in any venture, from renowned bootmakers Casa Fagliano to British Polo Day.