LONGINES – CONQUEST V.H.P. CHRONOGRAPH
AN ULTRA-ACCURATE CHRONOGRAPH
Launched one year ago, the Conquest V.H.P. collection by Longines has been expanded with new, accurate and reliable chronographs with two different diameters and several kinds of strap.
In 1954, Longines experienced two crucial events. First, the launch of the Conquest collection with relatively traditional watches equipped with curved dials, dauphine-type hands and triangular indices. Second, the creation of the first quartz clock named “Chronocinégines”; which broke a large number of accuracy records at the Neuchâtel Observatory, and was used ten years later, in 1964, to time the world land speed record by the Englishman Donald Campbell (1921-1967). These two events explain the strong links between the watchmakers from Saint-Imier with quartz technology, which is expressed today in the launch of the new Conquest V.H.P. Chronograph models, with V.H.P standing for Very High Precision.
So, four new models have joined the watches created in 2017, and all powered by the L289.2 quartz movement. They are available in two different widths – 42 and 44mm – in steel or black steel PVD and in four dial colours or textures: black, silver or blue, decorated with a circular guilloché pattern, and black carbon.
All the chronograph elements have a bright-red varnish: the central second hand, the small hands on the totalisers at 3 and 9 o’clock, keeping track of the minutes and hours, respectively, and the timer at the edge of the dial. In the centre, the luminous hour and minute hands move around an hour rim adorned with indices and a large figure 12. Lastly, the seconds track is on the chapter ring, and the date is shown in a counter at 4.30.
Price: 1,550 CHF (steel on steel, 42mm) – 1,590 CHF (steel on steel, 44mm) – 1,850 CHF (PVD, 42mm) – 1,890 CHF (PVD, 44mm)
By Sharmila Bertin