Fans of Swiss luxury watchmaker Longines will be quick to point out that this is not an entirely new product that’s being introduced, but rather an updated version of one of the brand’s bestselling sports model, the HydroConquest. Yes, what you’re looking at is the latest HydroConquest model that comes with subtle changes from its predecessor, such as a new ceramic bezel, a material that’s known for its scratch-resistance. It’s modern, it’s sleek, with a design that’s backed by decades of tradition the 187-year-old brand is known for.
Let’s start with function. It is a watch that’s built for diving (hence its name), thanks to a water-resistance of up to 300 metres, furnished with a double security folding clasp that’s armed with an integrated diving extension for those who opt for the stainless steel strap. However, that doesn’t stop it from being worn as a daily beater, especially if you’re currently on the hunt for a sports watch that has solid good looks in a price point that will not break the bank. Powered by ETA movements and Calibre L888.2, the HydroConquest comes with a power reserve of 64 hours, which means it will still be ticking away on a Monday if you decide to switch to a different timepiece over the weekend.
Function aside, the beauty of the watch lies in the simplified dial design, with the rhodium-plated hands and hour markers furnished with Super-LumiNova technology that allows it to glow in the dark, contrasted beautifully against the coloured dials. Aside from the all-new Grey, the watch also comes with Black or Blue sun ray dials so there’s bound to be one that will appeal to him or her. Yes, the chunky stainless steel timepiece comes in either a 41 mm or 43 mm version, which are the perfect sizes for a sports watch for both men and women.
Even the strap has been updated, coming in a new rubber material that’s high on comfort levels, in a complementary colour that matches the dial. Or, you could just get the ones which come with the metal bracelets that comes in a stellar combination of polished and brushed steel. How much, you ask? If your guess was well above SGD5000, take that and divide by half, as the HydroConquest is priced at just SGD2390 for both sizes (41 mm or 43 mm), which is in this day and age is certainly value for money. Intrigued to find out more? This timepiece is now available at Longines Boutiques (Marina Bay Sands or Wisma Atria) as well as selected distributors and retailers.