A new Longines Conquest V.H.P has just been released now equipped with a GMT that relies on a paired smart phone’s flash for accurate time-setting. It comes equipped with a cutting-edge technology Quartz movement manufactured by ETA exclusively for Longines. An interesting hybrid example of classic time keeping with some “smart-watch” enhancements.
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This V.H.P (Very High Precision) collection was first introduced by Longines last year and has been an impressive take on other quartz technology capabilities. So, now when you step off a plane besides checking your text messages or Instagram feed. Just take advantage of the new Longines Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting and quickly set your watch to its new time zone. To do so all that is required are two quick clicks on the crown, for the hands to zip around the dial into the correct time.
Although the real novelty here is that this new Longines V.H.P. can record and save “home” and “travel” time-zones. But, what needs to be noted is that this watch is 100% analog and has no Bluetooth connectivity or other typical smart-watch capability. Instead the new Longines V.H.P. consists on old-school Morse code!… As its title “Flash Setting” hints at the watch can synchronize multiple time-zones via a smartphone camera flash! So, as the watch receives bursts of light it resets the time-zone, just watch the video below.
Video courtesy of: Longines
The 41mm case is made of stainless-steel with a steel case back. It comes equipped with a setting-crown placed between crown guards protruding from the main case. But, what we really have here is a “smart crown” that allows to set the time minute by minute or hour by hour (quick setting), by turning the crown either slowly or quickly.
All topped by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside, which assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a silver carved dial (there is also a blue and black dial version) with steel applied hour index markers and the Arabic numerals 6 and 12; followed by smaller red printed minute index markers.
On the flange is a black printed 24-hour scale circling the circumference of the dial. There is also a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. The stainless-steel central hands and hour index markers have all been given a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility. The time information in the app is transmitted via light sequences emitted by the smartphone’s flash to a small sensor on the dial at the 12 o’clock position, which decodes the flashes.
Longines Conquest V.H.P GMT Flash Setting
This “Longines Conquest V.H.P GMT Flash Setting” (Ref#: L3.718.104.22.168) is powered by an ETA quartz movement with a precision of +/- 5 seconds a year. It also comes equipped with a GPD (gear position detection) system that has the ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field. Battery life on this watch can run for over four years. It comes equipped with an end-of-life (E.O.L) indicator, so when the battery is about to run out, the seconds hands starts to jump every four seconds. When the E.O.L indicator is active the user knows the battery must be replaced immediately. If the battery is not replaced during the E.O.L phase, the system goes into E.O.E (end of energy) mode by setting the watch hands to 12 ‘clock.
Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by steel. It is also available on a blue or black rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Longines website here.
MSRP: $1,300.00 USD
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