It had already been announced back in February and it’s finally about to happen. Longines has become the official timekeeper for the “Commonwealth Games” and to mark the occasion they have just released the new “Longines Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games” watch.
The games will be taking place on the Gold Coast of Queensland in Australia, from the 4th to 15th of April. This event welcomes over more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations. And this year will be the first time an equal number of medal events will take place for both men and women. A good sign that current trends are progressing in the right direction. While the event will also employ over 200 Longines technicians to accurately and precisely time the results of the 18 different sports competitions taking place.
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It’s not the first time Longines has supported the Commonwealth Games. They actually provided their timing services back in 1962 and then again in 2017. So, the interval has grown significantly shorter this time around. And Longines is back with one of its pioneering technologies, which even achieved a new record for precision. Its previous quartz movement had a tolerance o +/- 1 minute every 5 years, which made it 5 to 10 times more accurate than any previous quartz watch. Now for the new “Conquest V.H.P. Commonwealth 2018” edition that that tolerance has been augmented to +/- 5 seconds a year!
The round 43mm case is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back featuring an engraving the “Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games” logo. Equipped with integrated lugs and a crown in-between crown-guards for a compact look. Topped by a sapphire crystal with a multi-layered anti-reflective coating. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black dial with stainless steel applied hour index markers and Arabic numerals for the 6 and 12 o’clock positons. Following the steel hour index markers are smaller blue minute index markers, while slanted along the inner bezel are smaller white printed minute index marker with blue Arabic numerals for every 5-minute increment.
The “V.H.P.” inscription can be seen in red on the lower central portion of the dial. Comes equipped with darkened stainless-steel central hands that have a blue Super-LumiNova filling, while the hour index markers haven orange Super-LumiNova filling, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a black date aperture with white numerals at the 3 o’clock position.
Longines Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
This “Longines Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games” (Ref#: L3.7188.8.131.52) is powered by a quartz movement, based on the ETA E56.111 caliber. Besides the precision of this quartz movement having the aforementioned tolerance of +/- 5 seconds a year; it is also equipped with a GPD (gear position detection) system with the ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field.
Mounted to the watch is a Longines stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel with a triple safety folding clasp and a push-piece opening mechanism. For more up to date information visit the official Longines website here. Or, for tickets or updates to the upcoming “XXI Commonwealth Games” in 2018, visit their official website here.
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