Longines Con­quest Her­itage

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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.

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