In a Flash

Longines in­tro­duces a new it­er­a­tion of its Con­quest V.H.P. watch for to­day’s tech-savvy glo­be­trot­ter

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Back in 1954, a quartz clock made by Longines set a new record for pre­ci­sion time­keep­ing. It was one of the first mile­stones that de­fined the close re­la­tion­ship be­tween the sto­ried brand and quartz. Fif­teen years later, Longines in­tro­duced the first quartz move­ment for wrist­watches: the Ul­tra-Quartz. This was then fol­lowed in 1984 by the ul­tra­pre­cise Con­quest V.H.P. quartz cal­i­bre which, in turn, pre­ceded the de­but of the Con­quest V.H.P. “Very High Pre­ci­sion” col­lec­tion at Basel­world 2017.

At this year’s Basel­world fair, Longines show­cased the new­est and sporti­est mem­ber of the fam­ily: the Con­quest V.H.P. Chrono­graph, but also hinted at an­other, more in­no­va­tive model to be re­leased later in the year. And that new model is now here: Longines’ Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting.

A TRAVEL COM­PAN­ION

As the name of the watch im­plies, the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting pro­vides a use­ful com­pli­ca­tion for fre­quent trav­el­ers in the form of a se­cond time zone in­di­ca­tor, which al­lows the wearer to quickly tell what time it is at home while jour­ney­ing some­where in a dif­fer­ent time zone. That, of course, only ex­plains the “GMT” part of the watch’s name, and this brings us to the “Flash Set­ting” part.

See, a se­cond time zone in­di­ca­tor—or the GMT com­pli­ca­tion—is usu­ally set us­ing the crown or by a ro­tat­able bezel. Now, the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting’s se­cond time zone in­di­ca­tor can be ad­justed man­u­ally, but it can also be set us­ing a unique light­driven man­age­ment sys­tem: the Flash Set­ting.

Ba­si­cally, the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting’s time set­tings can be ad­justed via the wearer’s smart­phone, us­ing a ded­i­cated ap­pli­ca­tion. How­ever, this sys­tem does not uti­lize con­nec­tion meth­ods like Wi-Fi or Blue­tooth. In­stead, in­struc­tions from the ap­pli­ca­tion are trans­mit­ted us­ing light se­quences emit­ted by the

“You sim­ply need to point your phone’s cam­era to­wards the face of the watch and in an in­stant—a flash, you might say—the time set­tings are ad­justed”

smart­phone’s flash and are re­ceived by a light sen­sor whose tiny open­ing is con­cealed on the num­ber 12. If you look closely, you can eas­ily make out the dark dot on the num­ber 1—that is the sen­sor. When the watch is set to re­ceive set­ting up­dates, the hands are moved to en­sure that the lit­tle hole is com­pletely un­ob­structed.

The ul­ti­mate value of this in­no­va­tion is, of course, con­ve­nience: No need to mess around with Wi-Fi set­tings or Blue­tooth pair­ings. You sim­ply need to point your phone’s cam­era to­wards the face of the watch and in an in­stant—a flash, you might say—the time set­tings are ad­justed. And when your phone is out of reach, there’s still the man­ual op­tion us­ing the crown. Speak­ing of which, the crown also con­trols an­other fea­ture of the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting, namely the Swap func­tion. Sim­ply by ap­ply­ing pres­sure to the crown, the wearer can swap home time and travel time.

A RE­LI­ABLE COM­PAN­ION

Be­sides its new GMT func­tion and Flash Set­ting mech­a­nism, the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting also has all the fea­tures that made the col­lec­tion such a mas­ter­stroke. Much like the orig­i­nal and chrono­graph vari­ants, the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting is driven by an ex­clu­sive, cut­ting-edge quartz move­ment boast­ing an ac­cu­racy rat­ing of +/- 5 sec­onds per year. More­over, the watch’s Gear Po­si­tion De­tec­tion or GDP sys­tem al­lows the watch to main­tain ac­cu­rate time­keep­ing af­ter strong im­pacts (e.g., the watch is dropped) or when it has been ex­posed to strong mag­netic fields (e.g., the watch is ac­ci­den­tally worn near, say, a pow­er­ful set of speak­ers). And on top of all that, the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting also boasts very long bat­tery life and a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar that will stay ac­cu­rate un­til the year 2399.

Also like its pre­de­ces­sors, the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting comes in a wide as­sort­ment of de­sign op­tions. Ma­te­rial-wise, the watch comes in stain­less steel or black PVD, in 41mm or 43mm for those who like some­thing sportier. Dial op­tions in­clude black, sil­vered, blue or car­bon fiber. All dial vari­ants fea­ture a red “V.H.P.” in­scrip­tion above the 6 o’clock po­si­tion, as well as home time and travel time sym­bols—also in red—at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock, re­spec­tively. Round­ing up the watch’s pre­sen­ta­tion pack­age are a set of bracelets—in steel or black PVD, de­pend­ing on the case—and rub­ber straps in black or blue.

So, if you are in the mar­ket for a sporty, stylish and re­li­able time­keeper that can help you eas­ily keep an eye on what time it is at home when you’re trav­el­ing wide and far, Longines has you cov­ered the Con­quest V.H.P. GMT Flash Set­ting.

us­ing Longines’s mo­bile app to set home and travel time on the con­quest V.H.P. flash set­ting

the con­quest V.H.P gMt flash set­ting in stain­less steel with blue dial and blue rub­ber strap

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