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Chapter 04

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Longines presents the Conquest V.H.P.

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Longines presents the Conquest V.H.P.
A NEW ACHIEVEMENT WITH QUARTZ
Based on its many years of experience with quartz, Longines is revisiting a success story from the 80s. With the Conquest V.H.P. (Very High Precision), it is marking a return to a technology in which it was a pioneer and expert, particularly through its timekeeping activities.

The new collection was launched at the Neuchâtel observatory, where the first quartz clock with absolute precision developed by the brand was certified in 1954. The Conquest V.H.P. represents a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. Longines’ history with quartz has been one full of technical innovation and feats.

In 1954, the brand developed a first quartz clock, which would quickly set a long series of precision records at the Neuchâtel Observatory. It was housed in the mythical Chronocinégines, an instrument that became a pioneer in the history of timekeeping, as it provided judges with a film strip composed of a series of prints at 1/100th of a second, allowing them to follow the movement of the athletes at the moment they crossed the finish line.
In 1969, technological mastery led Longines to reveal the Ultra-Quartz, the first quartz wristwatch conceived to be mass-produced. A huge stride was made in 1984 with the quartz calibre fitted in the Conquest V.H.P., setting a precision record for that time. As an extension of these historic milestones, the winged hourglass brand is now presenting its new Conquest V.H.P., equipped with an exclusive, cutting-edge movement. This movement is renowned for its high degree of precision for an analog watch (± 5 s/year) and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field, using the GPD (Gear Position Detection) system.

These attractive features are likely responsible for its exceptional movement status, to which a very long battery life and a perpetual calendar must be added. In the true essence of Conquest, the ultimate sports line, this exceptional timepiece brings together high technicality and dynamic aesthetic. The Conquest V.H.P. has thus positioned itself as the standard-bearer of extreme precision.

These steel or black PVD watches are available in the 3 hands/calendar (41 and 43 mm diameter cases) and chronograph (42 and 44 mm diameter cases) versions. The chronograph displays hours, minutes and seconds, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock and a 60-second counter in the centre. On each model, changes are made using the intelligent crown, while the E.O.L. indicator can preventatively signal the end of battery life. The Conquest V.H.P. collection models display blue, carbon fibre, silvered or black dials. A steel, black PVD, or blue or black rubber watch strap completes these exceptional timepieces.
Conquest V.H.P.
Quartz movement / L288.2 (ETA E56.111)
Functions:
– hours
– minutes
– seconds
– date aperture at 3 o’clock
– perpetual calendar
Dials:
black, silvered, blue or carbon, with 2 applied arabic numerals and 10 applied bar indexes with Super-LumiNova® ; V.H.P. inscription in red

Cases:
round, stainless steel, 41 mm or 43 mm ; sapphire crystal with multi-layered anti-reflective coating
Black "new noir" hands ; stainless steel bracelet with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism; water-resistant up to 5 bar (50 meters)
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Main Features

Ultraprecision of ±5 seconds per year
The watch ensures the display of hours, minutes and seconds to an accuracy of ± 5 sec/year. This extreme accuracy is achieved through an ultraprecise quartz combined with time display correction in the event of a disturbance.

GPD system
The GPD system (Gear Position Detection) is the watch’s key device. It allows to automatically reset the hands after a shock or exposure to a magnetic field, either immediately, or at 3 a.m. if the problem isn’t resolved right away. The GPD system also includes automatic correction at 3 a.m. every three days to ensure the precision.

• Magnetism
Sensors detect the presence of magnetic fields. Above a certain threshold, the display freezes, although the time is still being counted. As soon as the watch moves away from the magnetic fields, the display immediately corrects itself.

• Shock
In case of a shock up to 500G, the display is immediately corrected. In the event of stronger shock, the correction occurs automatically thanks to the GPD system.


Perpetual calendar
The watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar that no longer requires correcting the date. The calibre does not allow one to move the time forward or backward more than one day, in order to avoid disrupting the perpetual calendar.

Long-life battery
The battery lasts more than 4 years and the watch signals the end of battery life by making one of its hands jump every five seconds. If the battery is not replaced during the E.O.L. (end of life) phase, the system goes into E.O.E. (end of energy) mode by setting the watch hands to 12 o’clock. You have then 6 months to change the battery.

Smart crown
The smart crown allows to set the time minute by minute or hour by hour (quick setting), by turning the crown either slowly or vigorously. When changing the time (in summer/winter, for example), the movement automatically repositions the second and minute hands to the exact position of the previous time, therefore ensuring extra precision.
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