SOURCE: International Polo Club Palm Beach

International Polo Club Palm Beach

March 24, 2010 17:41 ET

International Polo Club Palm Beach and Piaget Host Celebrity-Studded, USPA Piaget Gold Cup Tournament and Championship Match Festivities

Luxury Swiss Watchmaker Celebrates Palm Beach Polo With Lavish Closing Party

WELLINGTON, FL--(Marketwire - March 24, 2010) -  On March 21, International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) and Piaget hosted the conclusion of one the most prestigious tournaments in polo, the USPA Piaget Gold Cup. Record-breaking crowds witnessed ten-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, universally recognized by his peers as the sport's best player, score five times to lead Crab Orchard to a stunning 12-7 victory over Las Monjitas. Equally as stunning were the festivities surrounding the impressive win.

The afternoon was set in motion by Jeffrey Donovan, star of the TV series "Burn Notice," who made a spectacular entrance by landing on the Piaget Field in a helicopter. America's top-ranked player and Piaget Man to Watch in 2010 Nicolas Roldan was in attendance, along with polo champion and face of Ralph Lauren fragrances Nacho Figueras, as well as Academy Award-winning actor and respected polo player Tommy Lee Jones. 

Yves G. Piaget and Larry Boland, president of Piaget, hosted an exclusive and highly-attended post-match celebration which featured whimsical synchronized swimmers and a preview of the Piaget Polo FortyFive Timepiece Collection.

"I was both pleased and excited to see over five thousand spectators on hand for the championship game," said Yves G. Piaget. "It was like the old days at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. I am so pleased that Piaget has taken such an active part in this great game."

"The 2010 Palm Beach Polo Season has welcomed the largest crowds since IPC's inception in 2004, confirmation that polo at IPC is attracting scores of new fans from Miami to Jupiter," said John Wash, President of Operations for IPC. "The USPA Piaget Gold Cup Final was an amazing illustration of polo's appeal throughout South Florida."

About International Polo Club Palm Beach
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located in Wellington, Florida -- in the heart of South Florida's famed horse country. Founded in 2004, IPC is host to major tournaments and world-class events throughout the Palm Beach Polo Season, including the Highest Goal Polo played in the U.S. and such prestigious competitions as the Iglehart Cup, Joe Barry Memorial Cup, Ylvisaker Cup, C.V. Whitney Cup, and USPA Piaget Gold Cup, culminating with the USPA Arcalux 106th U.S. Open Polo Championship ™. The world's polo elite descend upon Wellington each season to enjoy their love of the sport and the lifestyle in the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility in the nation. IPC features eight manicured polo fields and the Piaget Field, the Nespresso Grande Pavilion, private boxes and viewing stands, tennis courts, a croquet field, a state-of-the-art spa, a lushly landscaped pool deck, après polo celebrations and a fabled gourmet Sunday brunch, presented by NYC's Bistrot Bagatelle. The 2010 Palm Beach Polo Season begins on January 3 and concludes on April 18. Learn more about IPC and their exclusive membership and sponsorship opportunities at www.internationalpoloclub.com.

About Piaget SA
Piaget has stood as an icon of excellence and creativity since its founding in 1874, elevating the manufacture of fine jewelry and timepieces to an absolute art. The firm is known for its legendary Piaget Polo timepieces, as well as for its ultra-thin movements, artistic dials and complications including chronographs, tourbillons and perpetual calendars. Piaget is one of the only remaining watchmakers that designs and crafts its own cases, bracelets and movements. For more information, please visit www.piaget.com.

About Piaget Gold Cup
The prestigious Piaget Gold Cup, first played in 1974, is a symbol of professionalism, good sportsmanship and high goal polo at its finest. First introduced at Oakbrook Polo Club in Illinois, it then headed north to Milwaukee Polo Club in 1975 and remained there until 1978. After moving south in 1979, the Gold Cup continued a 17-year stretch at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, only to move down the road to Boca Raton at Royal Palm Polo & Sports Club in 1996. In 2002, the Gold Cup headed back up north to Greenwich Polo Club where play resumed until 2004. Aiken, South Carolina then hosted the Gold Cup in 2005 and 2006. Now International Polo Club Palm Beach is pleased to host this prestigious polo championship tournament.