Thursday, October 1

First Impressions: Longines Conquest V.H.P. – A Technical Masterpiece

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Looks can be deceiving. The Longines Conquest V.H.P. is a sporty and versatile watch – fit for duty as a hassle-free daily driver. But did you know that on the inside lies a rather exceptional movement? The new Longines-exclusive caliber L288 is perhaps, one of only a handful of quartz movements in the world to boast an accuracy rating of the exceptional ±5 seconds per year. While it might not win any beauty contests, it is a symbol of technical brawn.

On handling the watch for the first time, its heft (150 grams, watch including bracelet) left a pleasant impression. Although a 41mm diameter is considered as contemporary by modern standards, the author found it to sit snugly (and securely) on his smaller-than-average 5.5″ wrists. That is not forgetting the myriad of practical features built into the watch. Like shock detection and intelligent crown. To boot, a reasonable battery life of more than 4 years.

In total, there are 7 different dial and case variations. Our hands-on unit sports a handsome white minimalist mien: no “handy reminders” of features. We enjoyed its visual balance and attention to detail touches. In addition, the application of Superluminova ensures legibility in all situations.

The sector of high accuracy quartz is still rather niche. The most accurate watch is perhaps one that’s equipped with a radio controlled movement. They sync with atomic clocks (accurate to 1 second every 20,000,000 years). The Longines L288 on the other hand accomplishes its accuracy with a tried and tested method: thermocompensation; no electronic trickery is involved as the movement is engineered to keep time. And it does well in that aspect. Not to mention its good value in terms of accuracy/features/price.

More will be covered in our in-depth review coming up on 22nd August at 9.30pm (GMT+8). Be sure to check it out then!

In the meantime, watch the video below for a 360-degree walkthrough of the Longines Conquest V.H.P.

 

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  1. Just another guy on the web on

    5.5″ wrists?
    That’s really very small indeed. I wonder if the reviewer is still in Middle School.
    There’s nothing wrong with this watch except the lugs and crown protector. Yet another watch company desperately trying to make their watches look bigger than they are, to satisfy the needs of insecure adolescents and consumers of meat injected with growth hormones.
    The movement itself is a fine addition to Longines’ product line.
    Now if we can please have it inside an adult’s watch, I will be very happy.

  2. How is it possible that a 41mm diameter 49.7mm lug to lug sit so well on a 5.5 inch wrist in the picture? I have a 6.1 inch and 48mm lug to lug overhangs significantly

  3. I like the watch. The dial is beautiful; I’m retired, so minute hacks are superfluous anyway ?. The Seiko 7C46 can almost match its accuracy, mine anyway runs about 3-4 seconds every 6 months, when I have to adjust anyway. Longines continues to impress me. I have two vintage pieces from the 40’s. Their performance is impressive, one close to chronometer standards.

    Thank you for the review. I enjoyed very much.

  4. That’s really nice. The Omega X-33 is the only other quartz i’d buy; thermocompensated movement accuracy is hard to ignore.

  5. Why on earth ( struggling to remain polite) do Longines burden the dial needlessly with quarter of a second markings? This is just visual noise as the second hand is secondes à mort anyway.

    • Good observation. I second it—intra-second indices are useless in all regards without offering any asthetical quality whatsoever. Nice watch, but that really attenuates my otherwise positive impressions of Longines’ thermocompensates quartz model.

    • Just another guy on the web on

      To make it look busy, technical, cool. Just like a tachymeter bezel, which no-one ever uses.