There are portions of the Kentucky Derby, which is supposed to be a horse race, that make the day feel more like a kegger than an elegant sporting event. In fact, if you’re anywhere but the Grandstand at Churchill Downs, you could be faced with a bourbon-fueled bacchanal that makes Welcome Week at most SEC schools look like one collective Netflix and chill.
Yet for all the drunken debauchery and insipid pastel seersucker suits you see at the first leg of the Triple Crown, there are still areas where gentlemanliness and old-fashioned competition reign supreme. (Hint: it’s not by the toilets). It’s in honor of those foundations of the sport that led luxury brand Longines to create its new Conquest Classic Triple Crown watch. The limited edition range of timepieces pulls inspiration from the track and from one particular grand slam stallion: American Pharaoh.
But there was no horsing around (we’ll be here all week) when it came to the watches’ refined designs. Rich brown faces are paired with brown alligator straps (inspired by Pharaoh’s coat) and come in three case styles: stainless steel, rose gold, and a combination of gold and stainless. Each version features a moonphase complication that depicts a horse and jockey leaping over the horizon. It’s a novelty, yes, but hardly one that feels gimmicky. And just like a thoroughbred horse, there aren’t many of these available. Only 160 pieces are for sale, with a retail price between $4,200 and $13,500.
So if you have deep pockets, or win big at the track, you’ll be able to get one of your own on Longines’s website and at select Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Torneau stores around the country.