The upcoming Longines Conquest Classic automatic wrist watch will be officially revealed at the next Baselworld 2013 trade fair. Soon to arrive to a watch shop near you, the new watch will be available in a choice of three versions. I must admit that the new member of the Conquest family looks a lot more elegant than its previous incarnations.
Being a cousin of the gorgeous Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph 180th Anniversary model that was revealed last March, the new Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 automatic watch speaks the same design language, but is significantly, impressively larger looking like those pocket watch-based pilot’s watches of the pre-WWII era.
The new Longines Tachymeter self-winding chronograph watch (Ref. L2.781.4.13) is essentially a redecorated version of the elegant Longines Telemeter (Ref. L2.780.4.18) chrono that was presented earlier this year. Powered by the same movement, which is protected from the elements inside the same medium-sized case, the watch differs from its sibling only with a pair of tachymeter scales printed on its snow-white dial.
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Although playing in different segments and delivering almost all kinds of styles, starting with elegant and dressy La Grande Classique, sporty Conquest and finishing the picture with nicely executed (and also quite affordable) HydroConquest divers, the Swatch Group’s brand darling does an especially good job when it comes to vintage-styled timekeepers. Their recent run of 1940′s-inspired limited edition models is already in short supply, so, if you really crave for a similarly styled model, the new Longines Telemeter Automatic Chronograph (Ref. L2.780.4.18) may be just what the doctor ordered.
Longines keep churning out new members of their recent 180th Anniversary collection. Sporting the same basic design, which is clearly inspired by classic pre-WWII watches, the new Longines Heritage 1942 180th Anniversary Chronograph (Ref. L2.768.4.13/53) doesn’t really kick ass neither in terms of exterior design nor technical features, but may still be a very nice choice for a man looking for a moderately classy, yet affordable chronograph.
Owned by the dreaded Swatch Group, the Swiss watchmaker Longines enjoys a privileged status when it comes to calibers that power their watches, with some calibers being designed (or at least modified to offer some unique functionality) by ETA exclusively for the brand. This new Longines Heritage 1940 (Ref. L2.767.4.13/53.2) wrist watch, however, is powered by a mass-produced job.
It looks like the guy who designed this new Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph 180th Anniversary Limited Edition automatic timekeeper was so impressed with the original 1913 Longines model (it was the world’s first chronograph that was from the ground up designed as a wrist watch) that the final product looks more like a faithful reproduction rather than a respectful tribute.
The Swiss watchmaking company Longines has recently revealed some info regarding their new Saint-Imier collection of automatic timekeepers that will be revealed next month during the Baselworld 2012 event. Although there will be around a dozen different pieces in the new line, only a single photo accompanied their press release depicting the sporty Longines Saint-Imier Automatic Chronograph (Ref. L2.753.5.52/72.7) wrist watch in a two-tone mix of 18-carat rose gold and stainless steel.
The new La Grande Classique de Longines quartz-powered timekeeper expands the line of elegant, yet affordable ladies watches from the renowned entry-luxury watchmaking brand.