The Swiss watchmaker Longines has a long and proud history of implementing the quartz technology. In 1954, the company developed the world’s first quartz clock with absolute precision. That same year, the clock set a series of precision records at the renowned Neuchâtel Observatory where it ran for 24 hours with ultimate precision. On 20 August 1969, Longines unveiled the caliber 6512. Entirely developed by Longines, the movement was used in the legendary Ultra-Quartz – the first mass-produced quartz wristwatch. Another significant milestone came in 1984 when Longines introduced the Conquest V.H.P. (Very High Precision). Equipped with the caliber 276VHP, this watch achieved a new record for precision. The quartz movement had a tolerance of ± 1 minute every 5 years, making the Conquest V.H.P. 5 to 10 times more accurate than any quartz watch at the time.
As a tribute to these historic achievements, Longines is now launching the new 2017 Conquest V.H.P collection. The new series 2 models: a three-hand and a chronograph. Both available in two sizes, the watches come in four different dial colors: black, silvered, carbon and blue. In total, there are 8 new references, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. The global launch of the new Conquest V.H.P series was held at the iconic Neuchâtel Observatory – the very same venue where Longines introduced its legendary quartz clock in 1954. The latest collection marks the return of a technology in which the winged hourglass brand was a pioneer and expert. The new 2017 Longines Conquest V.H.P collection represents a new accomplishment in the field of quartz technology, combining high precision, great technicality and a sporty design, marked by the watchmaker’s unique elegance.
The three-hand version comes in 41mm and 43mm while the chronograph is available in 42mm and 44mm. All Conquest V.H.P models are water resistant to 50 meters. The dials all feature black “new noir” hands, 2 applied arabic numerals and 9 applied bar indexes. The hour indexes and hours and minutes hands are filled with SuperLuminova. The chronograph displays hours, minutes, small seconds at 6, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock as well as the central chronograph seconds. The date on the three-hand version is displayed at 3 o’clock while on the chronograph it is positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock. All models are available with a stainless steel bracelet with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism.
Powering the new 2017 Conquest V.H.P watches are the highly precise quartz calibers L288.2 and L289.2. Developed exclusively for Longines by ETA, these movements are renowned for their remarkable level of precision for an analog watch (±5 sec/year). Thanks to the highly innovative GPD (gear position detection) system, the watch is able to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field. The watch’s key feature, this system analyzes the gear’s exact position and adjusts the display if it is inconsistent with the quartz’s time base.