The only Grand Slam competition held on clay is about to begin in France. From May 16th to the 5th of June tennis enthusiasts will get to watch many legendary players and rising stars battle it out at the “Roland Garros” tournament. And to celebrate such an important tennis event, the Swiss brand Longines will be launching a new watch of theirs. Introducing the: “Longines Conquest Roland Garros Chronograph Midsize”.
Longines has been the official timekeeper and sponsor of the French Open since 2007. That partnership led to a dedicated timepiece by them being issued in 2015, the “Longines Conquest 1/100th Roland Garros”. The watch garnered much success, including the attention of six-time French Open winner and fortunately the brands Ambassador of Elegance, Stefanie “Steffi” Graf.
This legendary tennis player of German descent was very enthusiastic about the Longines watch, but wished Longines would have made a model with women in mind. And one year later her wish is coming true, as Longines brings to market virtually the same timepiece, but this time for ladies. Steffi Graf is more than happy to promote this piece before the games begin.
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As she simultaneously gathers more support for her non-profit organization “Children For Tomorrow”. This foundation seeks to provide assistance to children and families that have suffered war traumas, persecution and other forms of organized violence. Its core aim is to shed a light of matters pertaining to refugees and psychological well-being. In partnership with Longines this organization and its co-founder and chairwoman Stefani Graf, have been able to raise and donate over 100,000.00 USD to assist in this noble cause.
The 36mm round stainless-steel case is directly inspired by the “Longines Conquest 1/100th Roland Garros” model issued last year for men. It’s covered by a sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating, while flipping it around reveals a screw-in caseback with the “Roland Garros Paris” logo engraved on it.
As for the sunray pattern anthracite dial on this piece, it has also maintained many of the aesthetic looks found on the men’s version issued last year. Time is read using applied index hour markers with a SuperLuminova coating, although there is an Arabic 12 numeral to begin and guide the rest of the count. The subtle orange accents circling the dial near the bezel refer to the clay courts of the Roland Garros. It features three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 2 o’clock position; a small-seconds at the 6 o’clock position and a 12-hour counter at the 10 o’clock position. There is also a date aperture situated at 4 o’clock and a 1/100th inscription in orange.
The hour and minute hands on this timepiece are also rhodium-plated with a SuperLuminova coating, while the 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter and chronograph hand are in orange, for enhanced legibility. This watch series was made with athletes and sports fans in mind, since it can measure multiple intermediary times, with an intuitive analogue display that shows the time to one hundredth of a second, using a separate hand. A possible asset for players like: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Agnieszka Radwanska, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber. As well as the returning reigning champions of the Roland Garros 2015 tournament: Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams.
This “Longines 36mm Conquest Roland Garros Chronograph Midsize” is powered by a quartz movement, caliber L538, with 23 jewels. It’s an ETA movement with one of the latest generation quartz mechanisms designed exclusively for Longines. Water resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 300m (984 feet). Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet with a triple safety folding clasp and a push-piece opening mechanism.
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