Longines Conquest Heritage
The watch world is never shy of celebrating an anniversary, although Longines might be scraping the barrel this time by launching a watch to mark the 50th anniversary of – as it puts it – “the filing of a patent” for a brand name. Fortunately, that brand name was Conquest, and the watch released to flag this great moment in legal paperwork and business bureaucracy is the Conquest Heritage. It is – in an age of over-sized, over-busy and over here dials, of complications on complications – a reminder of just what, in essence, a watch is meant to do: tell the time. Indeed, it is a reminder of an age itself – the 1950s – when style (fins on cars excluded) seemed to have an in-built timelessness. So, the Conquest Heritage, all dinky 35mm of it, comes with an evocative sun-ray silver dial with yellow indices, screw-back case (with a relief medallion of a starry seascape), Hesalite glass (spot the authenticity there) and a simple automatic movement. Those looking for added functionality will be disappointed: there’s hours, minutes and (count yourself lucky) seconds, and that’s it. There is a model with a date window at 12 o’clock too – but that is as far as the Conquest makes any concession to the modern obsession with information overload. And quite right too.