Presented at the Baselworld 2013 trade show together with the refreshed Conquest Classic three-hander, the new Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph sports the same styling, but somehow manages to look even more elegant than its dressy sibling.
Longines has first presented the Conquest Classic collection at the Baselworld 2013 exhibition. Soon to arrive at a watch shop near you, the new watch will be available in a choice of three versions including a two-tone with gold-steel bracelet variety (ref. L2.7188.8.131.52) reviewed here. I must admit that the new member of the Conquest family looks a lot more elegant than its previous incarnations.
The self-winding Longines Tachymeter chronograph (Ref. L2.781.4.13) is essentially a redecorated version of the elegant Telemeter (Ref. L2.780.4.18) chrono that was presented in August 2012. Powered by the same movement, which is protected from the elements inside the same medium-sized case, this one differs from its sibling only with a pair of tachymeter scales printed on its snow-white dial.
Playing in many different segments and delivering all kinds of styles, starting with the 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 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 inspired by classic pre-WWII watches, the new Longines Heritage 1942 180th Anniversary Chronograph (Ref. L2.768.4.13/53) doesn’t kick bottom parts either in terms of exterior design nor technical features. Yet, it may still be a nice choice for a man looking for a moderately classy, yet relatively affordable self-winding chronograph from a reputable Swiss-based watchmaking brand.
This new Longines Heritage 1940 (Ref. L2.767.4.13/53.2) is powered by a mass-produced job that is normally reserved for (a lot) less expensive timepieces although even brands of higher pedigree sometimes are not shy of using one.
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) in a two-tone mix of 18-karat rose gold and stainless steel.
The quartz-powered La Grande Classique de Longines (ref. L184.108.40.206.2) expands the elegant, yet affordable collection from the renowned entry-luxury watchmaking brand. Like the rest of the La Grande Classique family, the new Ref. L220.127.116.11.2 is offered in a relatively small stainless steel case that measures only 24 millimeters (less than one inch!) in diameter and perfectly suits even an average wrist, although it will probably be ladies of smaller stature that the timekeeper will be especially popular with.
The new Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph Record (Ref. L4.754.4.52/72.X) comes equipped with a strange-looking direct-drive second hand with a vernier scale that mimics the same device installed on a historic 1966 Longines chronograph.
Longines has once again updated its Master Collection family with the new Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases (ref. L2.718.104.22.168 & L2.722.214.171.124) model. Equipped with a high-grade mechanical caliber and featuring a classic design of a very appealing sort, this watch looks like a self-evident choice for a rational person with a good taste.