We journalists were encouraged to disconnect at the launch of the new Longines Replica Conquest VHP collection, handing in our mobile phones before touring the Neuchâtel Observatory where in 1954 the weighty Swiss Longines Replica Chronocinégines box set new standards in precision and revolutionised the world of sports timekeeping, providing a sequence of images taken every hundredth of a second to create the first photofinish images. What Longines really wanted to do, however, was ensure that no parallels were drawn with the world of smart watches (“connected watches” in French). The brand stressed this in various ways, from the “disconnection” during the presentation to the emphasis on five years of battery life.
The new Conquest VHP is nevertheless packed with high tech and builds on Longines’ experience in quartz movements since the launch of the Chronocinégines in 1954. As the technology was increasingly miniaturised, Longines presented its first Conquest VHP model in 1984, which offered an accuracy of +/- 1 minute every five years (five to ten times more accurate than other quartz watches of the time). Thirty-three years later the new ETA quartz calibre powering the 2017 Conquest VHP collection offers an accuracy of +/- 5 seconds per year and features an innovative new system, called Gear Position Detection (GPD), to detect the position of the hands, allowing them to be reset to the exact time in the event of shocks. It is the first watch movement that does not just tell the time but actually “knows” what time it is. Continue reading