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Longines Conquest VHP Chronograph

Longines Conquest VHP Chronograph Watch Releases

Swiss watch company Longines, who last year re-released their VHP (Very High Precision) series of Conquest sports models powered by thermo-compensated quartz movements, has recently announced the expansion of the VHP collection to include several updated chronograph models. Improved with the advent of a perpetual calendar function and extended battery life, the new Longines Conquest VHP Chronograph collection is accurate to ±5 seconds per year and available in two case sizes as well as in a plethora of dial and case finishes.

The most prominent feature of the new models and the entire VHP collection is of course the accuracy of ±5 seconds per year, owing to a thermo-compensated quartz L289.2 (ETA E57.211) caliber, which was developed exclusively for Longines. In addition to the highly accurate timekeeping, the L289.2 sports a twelve hour chronograph with a central seconds hand, thirty minute counter at three o’clock, and a twelve hour counter at nine. The date window, now complimented by a perpetual function, is located at four o’clock. A new battery is also fitted, promising longer battery life. Finally, the Longines Conquest VHP Chronograph movement is equipped with “Gear Position Detection (GPD)” that allows the hands to be reset after a hard impact or exposure to a magnetic field.

Longines Conquest VHP Chronograph Watch Releases

Cosmetically, the chronograph is very similar to its predecessor, and is now available with either a black, silver, blue, or carbon dial, each with applied Arabic numerals and applied bar indexes with Super-Luminova. As is Longines’ custom, the options don’t stop with dial color, and the watch is also produced in either a stainless steel or black PVD coated case and in your choice 42mm or 44mm case widths. Given the volume of choices, the Longines Conquest VHP Chronograph likely has an option for every interested buyer.

Adding to the list of selections are the strap and bracelet options. The Conquest VHP Chronograph can be had either with a stainless steel or PVD coated bracelet with a folding safety clasp or a rubber strap in black or blue with a deployant clasp.

Longines Conquest VHP Chronograph Watch Releases

While not everyone needs or wants a quartz watch capable of such accurate timekeeping, the new Longines Conquest VHP Chronograph offers an interesting tech-driven quartz option for those who want a more upscale grab and go option. Previously offered at a reasonable $1,650 on the bracelet, the newer models fitted with a rubber strap will most likely retail for less – and we'll be sure to share updated pricing as soon as we hear from the brand. Ultimately, the Conquest VHP series also presents an argument for a more modern quartz watch in a market currently saturated with mechanical watches with vintage styling. longines.com

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  • Mikita

    As a person who owns a Longines watch (HydroConquest) I wouldn’t recommend to buy this for $1,650. If we are talking about hi-end quartz around 2k+/-, do some search and get the GS 9F or Citizen Chronomaster. They simply wipe the floor with Longines, both technically and especially in means of finishing. Longines will look plain and crude after you see GS / Chronomaster.

    • Greg Dutton

      I like these Longines, but you aren’t wrong. I think where VHP will be competitive is once it hits the grey market and 40-50% gets knocked off the price.

  • SuperStrapper

    I still think the acronym should stand for Very Huge Penis. You can’t buy a better marketing campaign, insecure males from all corners would be lined up down the street to buy one.

    • Mikita

      Car marketing may get interested in such acronym: Lincoln Navigator VHP / Mercedes G-Klasse VHP Edition / BMW X5 VHP Power / Cadillac Escalade VHP Turbocharged etc.

      • SuperStrapper

        Im honestly surprised they dont.

  • Jason Mirabello

    So are these movements considered more accurate / better then Grand Seiko Quartz movements?

    • Bozzor

      I have no doubt that this watch will have better time keeping accuracy than the quartz Grand Seikos, if a few seconds a year difference matters that much to people (and to some I know it will). But in terms of fit and finish, it will be like comparing a nice Renault to a Lexus: the Renault is nice, decent and quality is much better than it used to be, but a Lexus is in a different league.

    • Johan Thole

      So far, yes. I believe mine will end up somewhere between +2 and +5 seconds at the end of this year (the watch is from December 2017).

      And no, fit and finish are not on par with Grand Seiko. Neither is the price. But the movement has a few nice tricks, besides the accuracy.

      Of course it does not have the 50 years service interval warranty, like Grand Seiko promises. And it’s also not as beautifully finished. In fact, it looks rather industrial.

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Very well done…on paper.

  • GregV8

    I own a Longines Conquest. What bothers me here is that they both use the same case, yet my Conquest has 300m water resistance, and the VHP only has 50m.
    I love the fact that my Conquest looks classy, yet it is a highly capable water sports watch – I never have to take it off.
    On paper this VHP looks good, but it fails in practical situations.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Lovely watch, my only problem is quartz. Hate changing batteries, specially at these price range or higher. I have a Breitling Cosmograph, but every 2 years have to take it to have the battery changed, and every 4, I am surprised by the AD that I have to change the X module or the Y module. So, although I love my Breitling, only mechanical watches for me, unless its a G Shock Solar 🙂

    • Sihan Zheng

      Honestly, I think the battery issue is overblown. I mean, most automatic watches recommend servicing every few years, and you can find good quartz watches that need a battery only 5 or even 10 years.

      Besides, the price of a battery is like, 1/20th the price of a service.

      • Juan-Antonio Garcia

        Not when you open the drawer and find out that the watch is out of battery. It never happens with my mechanicals. Just wind and go. But that is just me.

        • Johan Thole

          You don’t have a watch box? 12 months before it runs out of battery, the VHP goes into “emergency mode”. You won’t miss that.

    • IG

      Well, without quartz it would be a tiny little bit harder to achieve the ±5SPY…

      • Juan-Antonio Garcia

        Can live without it.

        • Johan Thole

          Well, I have one (non-chrono), it’s my only quartz, and I love it. This watch has several great features (says the mechanical watch nut) which put it way above your average quartz watch. The high accuracy is just one of them.

          And yes, it needs a battery change every five years. That’s true. But my automatics and handwinders need an expensive service every 5 to 7 years. You cannot have it all 😉

        • Johan Thole

          As a matter of fact, I can also live without it. It’s not like I don’t have enough mechanical watches 😉

          But I decided that, if I wanted to have a quartz as well, it should be something special. Initially the Omega Speedmaster X-33 was on my list, but then the VHP came along and I could not resist LOL.