In commemoration of the 2015 Triple Crown Series Thoroughbred horse racing event, Longines has announced a special limited-edition piece. The Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown Limited Edition pays tribute to the 2015 winner of the Triple Crown Series, American Pharoah, the first to win such an honor since Affirmed in 1978. This classic is imbued with prestige and tradition while paying tribute to an American archetype rich with history.
Those familiar with the Kentucky Derby will no doubt recognize Longines as the official timekeeper for the storied Thoroughbred races. Although a hat is still considered the quintessential accessory for race day, the Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown Limited Edition is still a dashing choice to complement it.
Exclusive to the U.S., the Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown Limited Edition is a solid 42mm and is available in a stainless steel case, a two-tone with rose gold, and an 18k rose gold model. The piece boasts a 50-meter water resistance and this chronograph is special in that the color of the dial is actually made to match the coat of American Pharoah, the 12th horse ever to win the Triple Crown. In a nod to this feat, the 12 on the peripheral date track has been marked yellow to represent the accomplishment. You will also notice that the only hour marker present is the 3, a tribute to the Triple Crown. A jockey on horseback replaces the traditional moonphase, and the case back is marked with the official Triple Crown logo.
The ETA-based 678 automatic is placed in the Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown Limited Edition, and it offers 42 hours of power reserve and beats at 28,800vph. The date is indicated via the crescent hand, and there is a day/month complication at 12 o’clock. It is nice to see Longines offer something in line with their equestrian heritage and the coloring of the dial is a unique embellishment that really gives this watch a story. My eye is on the 18k rose gold variant but the stainless steel is certainly an appealing choice as well.
The Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown Limited Edition is paired with a brown leather alligator strap and each one of the limited collection is individually numbered. A limited edition of 180 pieces, pricing for the stainless steel is $4,200 that is limited to 120 pieces, two-tone is $4,600 for each of the available 40 pieces, and in 18k rose gold it is 13,500 and limited to 20 pieces. shop.us.longines.com