With plain looks that belie the latest generation ETA quartz movement inside, the Conquest V.H.P. harks back to Longines‘ history as a maker of cutting edge electronic timing. The firm’s history in that field started with in 1954 Chronocinégines, a quartz timekeeper linked to a 1/100th of a second camera developed to capture athletes crossing the finishing line at sporting events.
The bulky electronic clocks eventually evolved into precision quartz wristwatches like the Ultra-Quartz of 1969, and the original Conquest V.H.P. that made its debut in 1984. Rate to +/-10 seconds a year, the Conquest V.H.P. – short for “Very High Precision” – was the most accurate wristwatch on the market.
Longines has revived the Conquest V.H.P. label for Baselworld 2017 with a watch rated to +/-5 seconds a year, or just over 0.01 seconds a day, thanks to the thermo-compensated quartz movement made exclusive for Longines by ETA.
The new Conquest V.H.P. is also equipped with a hands-reset mechanism. If the hands on the dial go out of sync due to shock or magnetism, a “gear position detection” system automatically restores them to their original position, preserving the accuracy of the watch.
With a battery life of over four years, the Conquest V.H.P. also features a perpetual calendar that displays only the date, as well a battery end of life (EOL) indicator – once the battery is running low, the seconds hand jumps several seconds at a time.
Two versions of the Conquest V.H.P. are available, a time-only and chronograph, both in stainless steel with a 50m water-resistance rating.
The base model is the Conquest V.H.P. three-hands, powered by the L288.2 (ETA E56.111) movement, and available in 43mm or 41mm sizes.
The Conquest V.H.P. Chronograph has inside the calibre L289.2 (ETA E57.211), with the option of a 41mm or 43mm case.
Price and availability
The Conquest V.H.P. will be available starting summer 2017, with prices in Swiss francs and Singapore dollars as follows:
Three-hands 41mm – SFr950 or S$1510
Three-hands 43mm – SFr990 or S$1570
Chronograph 42mm – SFr1550 or S$2460
Chronograph 44mm – SFr1590 or SS$2530
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