Loomes offers £8000 timepiece to cross-country winner at Rockingham horse trials


Watchmaker Loomes will be giving away one of its British made watches as a prize at this year’s Rockingham horse trials as part of its official timekeeper partnership for the event.

Loomes is a small traditional watchmaking firm, producing around a hundred wristwatches a year from its Stamford workshops.

Most, like its Robin range, are entirely made in Britain and, unlike some businesses that assemble in this country using components from overseas, Loomes Original watches are made using only Loomes’ own components including British-made hairsprings.

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As part of the three day Rockingham International Horse Trials, the watchmaker is the title sponsor of the Loomes Championship in which the rider with the closest to optimum time for the cross-country element of the competition wins one of their entirely-British-made Robin wristwatches, priced from £7,850.

Loomes will also be welcoming the Gurkha Welfare Trust to its stand. Gurkha soldiers scaled Everest last year wearing specially built Loomes watches.  Later in 2018 the GWT will be auctioning a unique British-manufactured Loomes watch, made specifically for them.

Rockingham International Horse Trials run 18 to 20 May in the grounds of Rockingham Castle in Leicestershire.

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