Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Longines Conquest 1/100th Roland Garros

Official Partner and Timekeeper of the French Open at Roland-Garros since 2007, Swiss watchmaking company Longines presents a new chronograph keeping time to one hundredth of a second to add to its Conquest collection: the Conquest 1/100th Roland Garros. This special edition, created as a tribute to the greatest tennis tournament on clay courts, houses a unique movement using the latest-generation technologies.

Longines, timekeeper for sporting performances since 1878, is launching a new line of watches that have been specially created for sports which require high precision timing. The Conquest 1/100th series responds to the needs of athletes, professionals and sports fans, besides many others, since it measures multiple intermediary times and has an intuitive analogue display that shows the time to one hundredth of a second using a separate hand. All of this is possible thanks to the latest generation of quartz movement developed exclusively for Longines by ETA.
As a tribute to the strong relationship that it has developed with the Parisian tournament, the winged hourglass brand is launching an exclusive edition: the Conquest 1/100th Roland Garros. Touches of orange on the hands, the dial or the flange indexes subtly hint at the iconic clay of the French Open courts, while the case back is engraved with the logo of Roland Garros.
The demands required for Longines to reach such an extreme level of precision have led to the development of a new unique quartz movement, the L440. This new model includes a microcontroller with a flash memory that allows the watch to be reset instantly and allows intermediary times to be recorded. With a diameter of 41 mm, this steel model has an anthracite face that displays hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o'clock, the date and other chronographic functions: a central seconds hand, a 30-minute stopwatch at 2 o'clock and a 12-hour stopwatch at 10 o'clock. The hand in orange displays time to one hundredth of a second and is the watch's crowning glory at the centre. The model is also fitted with a steel bracelet and a butterfly clasp.

Technical details
Model: Conquest 1/100th Roland Garros
Reference numbers: L3.700.4.79.6

Movement
Quartz chronograph movement L440

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Chronograph
- Central second hand
- Central 1/100th of second hand (in orange)
- 30-minute counter at 2 o’clock
- 12-hour counter at 10 o’clock

Case
Round, 41 mm, stainless steel
Screw-in case back
Screw-in crown with protective shoulder
Commemorative engraving “Roland Garros Paris” on the back
Water-resistant 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

Dial
Anthracite dial with 1 applied Arabic numeral and 11 applied indices with Super-LumiNova©
1/100th inscription in orange
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Date aperture at 4 o’clock
30-minute counter at 2 o’clock
12-hour counter at 10 o’clock
Rhodium-plated flange

Hands
Rhodium-plated with Super-LumiNova© (hour and minute hands)
Orange (1/100th of seconds’, 30-minute counter and 12-hour counter hands)

Bracelet
Stainless steel with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism

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