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

by Daniel Chua on August 15, 2018

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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