QIPCO British Champions Day with Longines

The 18th of October saw QIPCO British Champions Day descend on Ascot Racecourse for an afternoon of competitive excitement and highly anticipated racing. Amongst a bustling crowd dotted with crisp white shirts, floral cocktail dresses and the occasional exuberant fascinator, the Fraser Hart Social team was taken under the hospitality of Swiss watch brand, Longines.

Longines British Champions Day

The buzz surrounding the day was tangible from the moment the turnstiles opened as young and old alike flooded into the iconic racecourse clutching their racing cards and copies of the Racing Times. Groups of young men headed over to the odds boards, the air filled with the anticipation of the ‘Big Win’ whilst young children skipped over to the Riding school with the hopes of joining the jockeys one day.

Thanks to the amazing hospitality from the team at Longines, we were fortunate enough to pass the day in a Premium box with an intimate number of personnel from Longines, press individuals and representatives from other retail companies. With outstanding views of the race course including a close up view of the finish line, the day passed with excitable cheers for our chosen horses, intense studying of racing odds and the occasional glass of bubbly.

Longines British Champions Day

Longines British Champions Day

Longines British Champions Day

Longines British Champions Day

A delicious three course lunch was laid on around midday consisting of smoked salmon, roasted beef and a banoffee flavoured cheesecake – cue unanimous mouth-watering. And to top off an outstanding day, the amazing ladies at Longines had also laid on an Afternoon Tea platter to match no other. Tiny pink and yellow macaroons (rhubarb and custard flavour) and tiny brownie crowns (brownies topped off with red velvet sponge and decorated with icing sugar) sat alongside traditional scones in the perfect mix to sign off the day.

Longines British Champions Day

A special thank you to all at Longines who made our day one to remember and a special mention to Noble Mission, the winner of the 2014 QIPCO Champion Stakes.

Watch Jargon Buster – Chris Haynes

When you’re looking for your next watch, it can sometimes feel like you need to learn a different language to understand what’s going on. What’s the difference between a chronograph and a chronometer, and what on earth is a helium escape valve? We at Fraser Hart are here to help, and here’s a handy jargon buster to make you feel confident in what you’re looking for

Crown – Not something you wear on your head in this case, this is the correct term for the winder on a watch.


Crystal – The correct term for the “glass” of a watch. Most prestigious Swiss watches have a crystal made from sapphire, which is one of the hardest materials on Earth after Diamond. Extremely difficult to scratch!

Chronograph – From the Greek for “writing time,” this refers to a watch with an independent stopwatch function. Notable chronographs include the Omega Speedmaster, Rolex Daytona and the Breitling Chronomat

Breitling Chronomat 41 Automatic Chronograph men's stainless steel bracelet watch

(Breitling Chronomat 41 Automatic Chronograph)

Chronometer – From the Greek for “measuring time,” this refers to a high precision timekeeper that has been independently tested. This can apply to both mechanical and quartz watches. Breitling has every single one of its watches tested as a chronometer.

Bezel – The outer ring of a watch circling the dial, which can either be purely decorative or have a timing function. Dive watches, for example, have a rotating timing bezel to help time rest stops accurately.

Helium Escape Valve – Another feature found on dive watches, this is a function that professional divers need. When diving at extreme depths for extended periods of time, divers operate from a pressurised chamber. At such pressures, it’s necessary to breathe a mixture of helium and oxygen, as oxygen becomes toxic. Helium can penetrate the protective seals on a watch at pressure, which causes problems during the decompression process. The gas has nowhere to go as the pressure decreases and the gas expands, which can cause the crystal to pop off. Not what you want on your beautiful new watch! A helium escape valve allows the gas to escape harmlessly. Want one of these on your watch? You need a Rolex Sea Dweller, an Omega Seamaster Pro or a Tudor Pelagos.


(Tudor Pelagos now available in selected stores. Click here to find your closest stockist)

Quartz – Refers to a watch powered by a battery. The timekeeping is regulated by passing an electric current through a quartz crystal – it vibrates at a specific frequency, which can be condensed down into precise one second intervals. If you are looking for supreme accuracy, Breitling SuperQuartz movements are amongst the very best in the business

Mechanical (Automatic/Manual) – A watch powered entirely by springs and cogs. A miniature marvel of mechanical engineering, these phenomenally complex timepieces can be found in everything from our most affordable brands, right up to our most prestigious. Mechanical watches are either manually wound by turning the crown (typically once a day), or feature a weight which rotates inside the case with the movement of the wrist which powers the watch. Mechanical watches can gain or lose a few seconds a day, but when you consider that there are 86,400 seconds in a day, it is truly an exceptional feat of engineering. Ones for those who are serious about the artistry of watchmaking.

Is there anymore jargon you need deciphered? Or do you have any general watch questions that have been plaguing your mind? Chris will be taking over the Fraser Hart Twitter this Thursday between 7-8pm in an #AskTheExpert session to answer all your horology questions. Tweet at @fraserhartuk during our Twitter Takeover or email in your questions beforehand. Visit https://twitter.com/fraserhartuk.