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Polo extraordinaire Gonzalo Pieres Jr has signed a sponsorship deal with watchmaker Rolex.

He becomes the fourth equestrian “Rolex Testimonee”, part of a select group of elite sportsmen who excel in their chosen sport.

The 10-goal handicapper joins three-day event rider Zara Phillips and show jumpers Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Rodrigo Pessoa. Other testimonees include the world’s longest standing number one tennis player Roger Federer and world-class golfer Phil Michelson.

Gonzalo signed the exclusive partnership with Rolex last Thursday (3 December) during the Argentine Open.

“It is a great honour to become a Rolex Testimonee,” said Gonzalo. “I have grown up watching Rolex Testimonees compete at the highest sporting level. Like them, my approach to life is to strive for perfection in everything I do.”

The 26-year-old is currently ranked number one in the World Polo Tour and has an impressive catalogue of success to his name, including the Grand Slam Sotogrande Cup, the Masters Series British Open, the US Open and the Argentine Open.

“Gonzalo is the world’s number one ranked polo player, and this has been achieved by focus, dedication and a constant desire to improve,” explained Jean-Noel Bioul, co-director of sponsoring at Rolex.

“We are delighted that he has joined the Rolex family and look forward to working with him over the coming years.”