The new Longines Ladies Diamond Conquest (ref. L3.2126.96.36.199) quartz watch makes the sporty timekeeper a little bit more feminine in style, while preserving the robustness of the original, non-decorated watch.
Designing this version of the watch, Longines used the time-proven recipe: to make a dressier version of a sporty watch, just take an existing model and adorn it with diamonds.
As an icing on the cake, the Swiss watchmaker has also replaced a silvered diamond with white lacquered mother-of-pearl, which is further decorated with 11 smaller diamonds that serve as hour markers.
The heavy sword-shaped hour and minute hands, as well as the pair of crown protectors are still here.
Equipped with the L263.2 quartz movement, which is based on ETA 955.412 caliber, the watch offers a standard three-hand layout with an extra small date aperture at 3 o’clock.
Although there is nothing really interesting about this caliber, it is a pleasure to know that it is rather accurate and you don’t need it every now and then with all the hassle limited to periodic servicing and replacing the battery once in five or six years.
The Diamond Conquest may become a successful watch if Longines manages to keep the price low.*
See also: Chopard Imperiale Two Tone
* UPDATE ON PRICE: Well, the price is actually not that low as one could have hoped. On the other hand, an MSRP of $2650 is also not that high for a watch that comes with 120 beautifully cut diamonds adorning its fixed bezel. Add here an above-the-average movement that powers this tiny beauty and, yes, the price is almost right.
Longines Ladies Diamond Conquest (ref. L3.2188.8.131.52) quartz watch specification
Price: $2650 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, L263.2 (based on ETA 955.412 blank movement,) 7 jewels, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 5-6 years
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 35.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: White mother-of-pearl, lacquered
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid