Pronouncing the name of Longines’ new timepiece Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting at a single go can certainly be a mouthful, but that’s also because the essential elements of the timepiece are reflected within the model name, making for a very interesting timepiece from the Swiss luxury watchmaker.
First up, the Conquest V.H.P. is an ultra-precise quartz calibre that was introduced back in 2017, with V.H.P. referring to ‘Very High Precision’ that boasts an accuracy of +/- 5 seconds a year. Today, the line has expanded to include all-new GMT models that are perfect for travellers on the hunt for a sporty-look watch that’s able to switch between two timezones easily. That’s primarily done without having to adjust manually using the crown, using a technology known as Flash Setting, via a unique light-driven management system that’s concealed within the corner of the 12 o’clock hour-marker on the watch face.
All you have to do is open the application installed on your phone and select the timezone you would like to switch to. Yes, this also applies if you are travelling and would like to see the time at home. Position the watch within the circular markers depicted on the phone screen and wait for it to turn completely green. Next, watch as the camera’s flash (no need for Bluetooth nor WiFi) does its magic, with the movement of the minute hand confirming that the time is successfully set. Press the crown again, and the hands will move accordingly, along with a change in date wherever applicable.
Other cool features of the watch include a Gear Position Detection (GPD) system which resets the hands (they pause momentarily) after withstanding an impact or being exposed to magnetic disturbances, as well as possessing a long battery life (up to 4 years) and a perpetual calendar that will run till 2399. It’s also equipped with a smart crown which allows you to adjust the time hour by hour, with the second hand repositioning itself based on the amount of time that was spent adjusting, ensuring extra precision and accuracy in timekeeping.
Priced from SGD1990, the Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting comes in either Black PVD or Steel, with two sizes (41 mm or 43 mm) to choose from. And if you do need more visual demonstrations of how the mechanics work, stay tuned to Instagram Stories to find out more. Alternatively, you can head over to the Longines boutique at Marina Bay Sands or Wisma Atria to get up close and try them on for yourself.