Thursday, October 1, 2015

Longines Conquest Jumping

Specially created for Jumping competitions, the Longines Conquest Jumping timepiece celebrates St. Imier based watch brand’ long history of sports timing and more than a century of involvement in equestrian sport. Fitted with an exclusive, cutting-edge movement, this watch can be used to time Jumping competitions to 1/100th of a second and also take into account the many regulations that govern the sport.

Longines' involvement in equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when the brand produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Since 1912, when Longines first timed a show-jumping competition, it was associated with some of the most prestigious equestrian events all over the world. This enduring passion led in 2013 to the formalisation of the brand's partnership with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the governing body for all equestrian sports. The logical consequence of this commitment has led to the launch of the new Conquest Jumping, developed in collaboration with the FEI.
This latest addition to the Conquest line is intended for all those directly involved in Jumping, as well as enthusiasts of the discipline. Trainers, judges and fans will now be able to precisely measure each rider's performance using an elegant analogue wristwatch, while taking into account in real time the many FEI regulations that apply to Jumping competitions.
The specific and varied requirements for timing this discipline have led to the development of a new Longines movement, namely the L441, which has technical capabilities that evoke the innovations of avant-garde quartz movements produced by Longines from the 1960s onwards. This new model enables the timing of a Jumping round to be recorded to 1/100th of a second, as well as converting penalties into time or adding time penalties for exceeding the time allowed, depending on whether the competition is run under Table A or C. With its ability to combine timing with penalty points, this chronograph is the first of its kind in the world.
This new chronograph is a subtle blend of performance and elegance and boasts a circular steel case with a diameter of 41 mm, the back of which is engraved with a design representing a horse jumping an obstacle. Protected by a sapphire glass, the dial is available in black or silver. The timepiece displays the hours and minutes with a centre-sweep seconds plus the date and has a small seconds dial at 6 o'clock. The red, centrally mounted hand shows the hundredths of a second on the flange. A counter at 10 o’clock displays the faults and penalty points, while the counter at 2 o'clock shows the two possible Tables (A or C) as well as the seconds timed. A 45-second scale enables the user to follow the countdown after the bell has been rung for each competitor to start their round. The watch is fitted on a steel bracelet with a folding safety clasp.

Technical details
Model: Conquest Jumping
Reference numbers: L3.701.4.56/76.6

Quartz movement L441
Hours, minutes, seconds and date
- Central second hand
- 1/100th of second hand (in red)
- Tables (A and C) and second timing counter at 2 o’clock
- Pts/sec penalties counter at 10 o’clock
- 45-second scale countdown

Round,  41 mm, stainless steel
Screw-in case back
Water-resistant: 5 bar (50 meters)  
Glass: Sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating

Black dial with 1 applied Arabic numeral and 11 applied indices with Super-LumiNova©
Silvered dial with 1 applied Arabic numeral and 11 applied indices with Super-LumiNova©
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Date aperture at 4 o’clock
Tables and second timing counter at 2 o’clock
Pts/sec penalties counter at 10 o’clock

Rhodium-plated with Super-LumiNova© (hour and minute hands)
Red (1/100th of seconds’, pts/sec penalties counter as well as tables and second timing counter hands)
Rhodium-plated (small seconds and central second hands)

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

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