Photo Essay of Jaeger-LeCoultre Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup 2006 Final (26 Feb 06) Part 1March 15 2006 at 6:22 PM
|Jaw (no login)|
The origin of Polo is lost in the mists of antiquity. Polo, known as "The Game of Kings" is believed to have originated in Central Asia more than 2,500 years ago. The beginning of Polo can be traced back to Persia, where there is evidence of an early form of this sport.
In the early sixth century B.C., the game spread to Constantinople and from there to Turkistan, Tibet, China and Japan. The modern Polo game flourished in India during the Mogul empire and English officers in India took up the game in their colonial time, founded clubs (the first club, The Calcutta Polo Club was founded earlier, in 1862) , formulated a set of rules and in a similar fashion with the modern football (Soccer for USA), Polo becomes an English game to the British.
The real 'home'of Polo is undoubtedly India and since the days of Emperor Akbar, it has been the Indian Maharajas who have given the game its "Royal Tradition". Post independence, the Indian Army kept the game alive and promoted the game actively until the early nineties when the role was replaced by the corporate sector.
The most prestigious Polo game in India today is the Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup who is named after one of the finest polo players of India from Jodhpur. He was also the father of one of the world's greatest players Rao Raja Hanut Singh.
(The 1931 Reverso)
Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh presented a trophy to the Indian Polo Association in 1921 to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Connaught to India and since then. The same coveted trophy has been played as a 16-goal polo tournament in the New Delhi Jaipur Polo Ground (still in the same ground today).
Patronised by the Jodhpur Royal family, the Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup still is one of the highest level tournaments played in India.
Considering the fact that Reverso originated from the idea of the military officers in India, the involvement of Jaeger-LeCoultre in the current Jaeger-LeCoultre Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup is both natural and logical.
Although the 1931 Reverso was not built to withstand today's shock of extreme sports, the Reverso can in some ways be considered as the earliest Sport Watch.
Part 2 - The beautiful spectatos
|March 15 2006, 7:09 PM |
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup 2006 final was attended by the who's who of India scene including,Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Rani Singh, former cricketer Atul Wassan, Social activist nafisa Ali, Adman Suhel Seth, Businessman Chetan Seth, designer sisters Gauri & Nanika Karan, Ramneek Pantai, US based fashion designer Sanjana Jon, Chetan Seth and Maj Adhiraj Singh.
The emcee for the event is the lovely celebrity Shefali Talwar and the event was graced by His Royal Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh, the Maharaja of Jodhpur and the Indian Army Chief of Staff Gen J.J. Singh.
(From left, JLC Chief Designer Janek Deleskiewicz, JLC CEO Jerome Lambert, The Marchioness of Milford Haven from the Reverso Squadra Polo Team, JLC France Directeur Yves Meylan and Guilain Maspetiol who is in charge of JLC Middle East)
(Isabelle Gervais, Head, Jaeger-LeCoultre Marketing & Communications)
(From left, Isabelle Gervais, Celebrity Emcee Shefali Talwar & Managing Director of JLC's partner in India, Jot Impex, Sahni Gurinder)
(CEO Jerome Lambert with Maharaja Gaj Singh)
(From left, Maggie from JLC Hong Kong & Watch Critic's Alan Chung)
(From right The Maharaja Gaj Singh & JLC CEO Jerome Lambert)
(Maggie & Janek Deleskiewicz)
(The irrepressible Marchioness of Milford Haven who played for the Reverso Squadra team in the Friendly match just before the Cup Final. All the polo players for the day wore Jaeger-LeCoultre Reversoes)
(The charming Rachel Furusawa, luckily for us, she is currently in Jaeger-LeCoultre Singapore)
(From left, Reena Tan from JLC Malaysia & June from Star Malaysia)
(From left Stephan Belmont JLC Marketing & Communications Director, Zahra Kassim-Lakha JLC Strategy & Retail Development Director, Emcee Shefali Talwar & Isabelle Gervais)
(Zahra Kassim-Lakha with Shefali Talwar)
Do my eyes deceive me, or is that a Squadra
|March 15 2006, 7:45 PM |
on Jerome Lambert's wrist in Jaw's excellent pictures?
AP Discussion Group
Nice pics and I think that Peter might be right!
|March 15 2006, 11:33 PM |
Thanks Jaw. Can't wait to see the rest!
More pics, more pics please.........
|March 16 2006, 12:47 AM |
of the watch on Jerome Lambert's wrist
Part 3 - The Celebrity friendly Polo final between Reverso Squadra & Reverso a Eclipses
|March 16 2006, 12:40 AM |
Like Golf, Each polo player is handicapped annually by the Polo Association (in this case, IPA, the Indian Polo Association). The best possible player is rated + 10 goals and unranked player starts at -2.
In a real life example of this Reverso Polo Trophy final, here are the rankings of each player.
The Reverso Squadra Team (In Grey)
- No. 1 (the Striker, or ¡°The Opportunist¡±, the primary role is to score goals): The Marchioness of Milford Haven ¨C 0 Goals
- No 2 (the Centre Forward or ¡°The Delivery Boy, ensuring forward play): Lt. Col. Shailendra Singh - +1 Goal
- No3 (the Centre Half or ¡°The Play Maker¡± Pivotal for setting up the play): Lt. Cdr. A.P. Singh - +2 goals
- No 4 (Full Back or ¡°The Defender¡±, The last line of defense and initiator of attack) ¨C Christian Vieri - +5 goals
Total Handicap for Reverso Squadra team = 0 + 1 + 2 + 5 = 8 Goals
And The Reverso a Eclipses Team (In red)
- No. 1 ¨C Vikram Sodhi - +2 goals
- No. 2 ¨C Satinder Garcha +2 goals
- No. 3 ¨C Lt. Cdr. Akhil Sirohi + 2 goals
- No. 4 ¨C Rajesh Sehgal + 2
Total Handicap for Reverso a Eclipses Team = +2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = +8 Goals
Since both teams have the same cumulative handicap, the game starts at 0 ¨C 0 goals. And the Reverso a Eclipses won the match.
Part 4 - The Interval
|March 16 2006, 12:46 AM |
During the interval before the Cup Final match, Jaeger-LeCoultre guests in festival moods were invited to the Polo field for Champagne drinks
(The Military Band played)
(JLC CEO Jerome Lambert)
(The Elephants were out to celebrate too!)
Part 5- The arrival of VVIP, Indian Army Chief of Staff, Gen. J.J. Singh
|March 16 2006, 12:54 AM |
Just before the Jaeger-LeCoultre Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup 2006, the Guest of Honour Indian Army Chief of Staff Gen. J.J. Singh arrived with great fanfare.
(The entourage arrived)
(Closer to the VIP booth)
(The Indian Army Chief of Staff, Gen. J.J. Singh was well received)
(And the VVIP shook hand with JLC CEO Jerome Lambert)
Part 6 - The exciting JLC Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup final 2006 between Army Red & Green
|March 16 2006, 1:11 AM |
(In honour of the VVIP, Indian Army Chief of Staff Gen. J.J. Singh started the ball rolling and declared the beginning of the game)
The 2 proud teams competed in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup 2006 final is the Indian Army Red and the Indian Army Green Team, their handicap is as follows:
(On the left is Referee Col. H.S. Sodhi seated next to the match announcer. In a Polo match, 2 mounted umpires make the refereeing decisions, in case of conflicts, the Referee¡¯s decision will be sought and is final)
Army Red (in red)
- No. 1 ¨C Capt. Ravi Rathore + 3 goals
- No. 2 ¨C Maj. Tarun Sirohi + 3 goals
- No. 3 ¨C Basheer Ali + 5 goals
- No. 4 ¨C Santiago De Estrada + 5 goals
Handicap total is +3 + 3 + 5 + 5 = +16 goals
Army Green (In green)
- No. 1 Lt. Vishal Chauhan + 0 goal
- No. 2 Lt. Col. Atul Gupta + 3 goals
- No. 3 ¨C Maj. Navjit Singh Sandhu + 4 goals
- No. 4 Gaston Moore + 6 goals
Handicap total is +0 + 3 + 4 + 6 = + 13 goals.
In this case, since + 16 ¨C (+13) is = 3 goals, the game started with 3 ¨C 0 in favour of Army Green. Despite the Handicap however, the Army Red won the Final after a very exciting game.
The 2 Umpires of the match are Mr. Manupal Godara & Mr. Simran Shergill and the Refree is Col. H.S. Sodhi.
Re: Part 6 - The exciting JLC Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup final 2006 between Army Red & Green
|March 16 2006, 9:46 AM |
I quite like the one of the background though ;) (nt)
|March 16 2006, 9:46 AM |
Part 7 - The amazing Indian 61st Cavalry!
|March 16 2006, 1:22 AM |
|March 31 2006, 9:44 AM |
Good Grief!!!! Were they posing for you? I hope the fellow who was jousted didn't incur any physical injury. That stunt is much too dangerous.
.. Long Live The 61st ..
|June 25 2006, 6:26 PM |
Picking up the Crown Jewels with Great Skill.. Long Live The 61st!
Part 8 - Some of the Polo models...
|March 16 2006, 1:24 AM |
AP Discussion Group
Finally! I see a window at 3 and 9...
|March 16 2006, 1:32 AM |
Thanks for the pics Jaw, hope to get more info on the new reverso
Part 9 - CEO Jerome Lambert unveiled the Prize Presentation Stage back-drop
|March 16 2006, 1:30 AM |
AP Discussion Group
Looks like an EWC reverso. nt
|March 16 2006, 1:33 AM |
I understand they called it Squadra...
|March 16 2006, 1:43 AM |
... but isn't it a bit too out of proportion?
As usual, thanks to Jaw for the world preview, looking forward to more pics, details and measures.
Part 10 - Prize Presentations
|March 16 2006, 1:41 AM |
(The row of VVIP, front row, from left, Maharaja Gaj. Singh; Maharaja of Jodhpur, Indian Army Chief of Staff Gen. J.J. Singh, Jot Impex Managing Director Sahni Gurinder, JLC CEO Jerome Lambert & Emcee Shefali Talwar)
(Winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Polo Trophy, The Reverso a eclipses team)
(The proud winner of the most prestigious Polo Trophy, the Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup 2006, The Army Red Team)
(The Cup Organiser presented a trophy to Jot Impex Managing Director Sahni Gurinder, as a show of appreciation)
(The Cup Organiser presented another trophy to Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO, Jerome Lambert)
(Jerome Lambert & Sahni Gurinder comparing sizes)
(Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Jerome Lambert presented an Atmos Clock to Indian Army Chief of Staff, Gen. J.J. Singh)
(Maharaj Sir Pratap Singh Cup organiser gave a TV interview)