Set to be presented at the upcoming trade show in Basel together with the refreshed Longines Conquest Classic three-hander, the new Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph watch sports the same styling, but somehow manages to look even more elegant than its dressy sibling.
As the aforementioned three-hander, the watch will be available in not only in an affordable stainless steel and pricey 18-carat rose gold, but will also feature a rose gold / stainless steel mixt that combines the best of two worlds being not very expensive and relatively easy to keep in good shape, but still looking quite expensive and even refined.
As you can see on the pictures, there will be two variations of the dial -one in matte black and one in silver- both of them featuring sexy vertical stripes (although clearly influenced by Omega, the design looks like a breath of fresh air after the sounds of variations of different types of burst and guilloche motifs that tend to dominate the niche).
There is, to my regret, nothing new in the, um, engine compartment.
The Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph is still animated by the same Longines caliber L688.2 column-wheel chronograph movement, which is based on the ETA Valgranges A08.L01 ebauche and is modified by ETA to Longines specs.
We have seen this mechanism last year when the Swiss manufacturer introduced its vintage-styled Longines Tachymeter Automatic Chronograph (Ref. L2.781.4.13) and many other watches from the same watchmaker.
Although the caliber offers nothing revolutionary in terms of design or decoration, this is a nice work-horse movement, which is both reliable and accurate for the price. Compared to older competitors, the mechanism also features a more impressive power reserve of 54 hours, which is still not enough to keep the watch running over the course of a weekend, but greatly contributes to the timekeepers isochronism.
Fortunately, this is not a limited edition model, so each of us has a chance to get a version of the piece that better suits his needs without breaking the bank. As usual, the version in stainless steel will be the most affordable one priced at just $3175 MSRP for the model with steel bracelet. A two-tone version on leather strap will be more expensive at $4450. The price of a full-gold model has not been revealed.
Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph watch specification
Price: $3175 (MSRP, ref. L2.7188.8.131.52 in stainless steel) / $4450 (MSRP, ref. L2.7184.108.40.206, two-tone)
Movement: Automatic, Longines caliber L688.2 (base ETA Valgranges A08.L01), Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 54 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel / Stainless steel & rose gold / Rose gold
Bezel material: Stainless steel / Rose gold
Crown material: Matches bezel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black / Silver
Numerals: Arabic, applied, rose gold
Hour markers: Luminous (SuperLuminova)
Hands: Rhodiumed Steel or Rose gold, luminous (SuperLuminova)
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Steel / Steel and Rose gold bracelet or a black leather strap with triple safety folding clasp in matching metal
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire