In the realm of sports watches, the HYDROCONQUEST collection by Longines stands as a timeless classic. And now, this iconic line is stepping into new horizons with the introduction of sleek designs and an exclusive Longines GMT movement. Seamlessly blending technical mastery with elegance, two defining qualities of the renowned winged hourglass brand, these fresh additions draw inspiration from the realm of water sports, while also paying homage to Longines’ historical expertise in crafting watches with multiple time zones.
The story unfolds with Longines expanding its HydroConquest line to encompass novel variations, and here’s the exciting twist – the inclusion of a GMT complication, marking a first for this emblematic collection that first took its bow in 2007. This GMT function is a boon for globetrotters, enabling the display of time across two distinct time zones. This complication traces its roots back to a rich heritage, as Longines had pioneered this concept in a wristwatch as early as 1925.
Meet the HydroConquest GMT, a timepiece that marries this incredibly practical function, catering to avid travelers, with the aquatic sports character that defines it. Designed for contemporary adventurers who thrive on exploration, and catering to the needs of demanding athletes, this watch is the ideal companion for journeys near and far.
In this newest generation of watches, Longines orchestrates a harmonious fusion between vintage-inspired design elements and cutting-edge technological strides. The case of 41mm in diameter, crafted from stainless steel and featuring a screw-down case back, has undergone a redesign. What truly sets this model apart is the proprietary new Longines GMT calibre, which boasts a silicon balance spring and innovative components crafted from non-magnetic materials. Notably, this movement is a remarkable tenfold more resilient to magnetic fields compared to the ISO 764 benchmark standard. This translates to impeccable precision and a power reserve that extends to an impressive 72 hours.
As you explore the watch’s form, you’ll be captivated by its distinctive elements. The HydroConquest GMT showcases a unidirectional notched ceramic bezel, meticulously adorned with a luminescent capsule. The screw-in crown offers both functionality and style. The interplay of polished and satin-finished surfaces adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to these new models. The sunray dials, available in striking green, rich brown, deep black, and vibrant blue, are graced with a two-tone 24-hour scale. The polished hands and hour markers, adorned in gilt or silvered tones, are coated with Super-LumiNova®, ensuring impeccable readability in diverse settings. The markers are circular at 6 and 9 o’clock, while the 12 o’clock marker takes on a triangular form. At 3 o’clock, a date window adds a practical touch. Echoing the shades of the dial, the GMT indicator is arrow-shaped and coordinated with the dial’s accents.
Diving deeper, the HydroConquest GMT models boast an impressive water resistance of up to 30 bar (equivalent to 300 meters), making them suitable companions for aquatic adventures. The watches are adorned with a stainless-steel bracelet, featuring a brand-new design with H-shaped links. And for the first time in the world of Longines, this bracelet features a micro-adjusting clasp, ensuring a tailored fit. To match the dial’s hues, these watches are also available with either a blue or black rubber strap, complete with a micro-adjusting folding clasp for unparalleled comfort. For those with an affinity for a distinctive aesthetic, a NATO bracelet in khaki-green or beige offers an alternative choice.
So, whether you’re a traveler eager to track time across continents or an adventurer ready to explore ocean depths, the Longines HydroConquest GMT invites you to embrace the synergy of precision, style, and functionality. With its historical lineage and contemporary features, it stands as a true testament to Longines’ dedication to horological excellence.