Here at The Watches of Switzerland Group, we’re big fans of Longines’ HydroConquest collection. Since last year, the brand has added several reimagined pieces to the line, inspired by aquatic sports from sailing to diving. The new models all showcase its trademark traditional elegance and passion for technical innovation. The sporty stainless-steel and ceramic models come with matching stainless-steel bracelets and a choice of black (coming soon), grey or blue sunray dials, with the bezel featuring a new coloured ceramic insert for a contemporary touch. All three 43mm models are priced at £1,880.
Founded in 1832, Longines is revered for its sense of tradition, as well as the enduring elegance and exceptional performance of its horological creations. Auguste Agassiz founded the watchmaker in Es Longines, which means ‘long meadows’ , in the Saint- Imier region of Switzerland. Its winged hourglass logo was registered in 1889 and is the world’s oldest registered trademark to still be in use in its original form. Today, the horology house is well-known for its sports-watch collections, such as Equestrian, Conquest and, of course, HydroConquest. The brand has acted as the official timekeeper, sponsor or supporter of numerous global sporting competitions that include everything from the Archery World Cup to some of the world’s premier equestrian, gymnastics and athletics events.
The sporty stainless-steel and ceramic models come with matching stainless-steel bracelets and a choice of black, grey or blue sunray dials
The high-performance Hydroconquest watch collection was first and foremost created for divers and as a result, every watch in the collection is water-resistant to 300m. When first introduced in 2007, it was one of four parts that together formed the Longines Sport Collection. The scratch-resistant coloured ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel was introduced last year, alongside several new dial colours, which match the highly technical bezel. The collection is available in two sizes, 41mm and 43mm, meaning there’s something to suit everyone and every activity.
Down to details
These 43mm wristwatches are well-equipped for adventures in the water, featuring a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides, while the screw-down case back helps it achieve that impressive 300m of water resistance. The Arabic numerals, indexes and silvered polished hands are filled with Swiss Super-LumiNova®, contrasting with the darker colour of the dials. Powered by the Longines in-house calibre L688, an automatic movement with an approximate 54-hour power reserve, the chronographs include a central 60 seconds hand, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. It also includes small seconds at 9 o’clock and a date display placed between 4 and 5 o’clock. Furthermore, the new HydroConquest pieces are perfect for all activities thanks to the polished and brushed stainless-steel bracelet’s double safety folding clasp and integrated diving extension.
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