Saturday, December 19, 2015

Longines Conquest 1/100th St. Moritz

Official Watch of the Alpine village of St. Moritz, Swiss watch brand Longines presents a new chronograph keeping time to one hundredth of a second to add to its Conquest collection: the Conquest 1/100th St. Moritz. This special edition, created in the context of the new partnership between Longines and the Swiss ski resort 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.
Longines is now the Official Watch of the Alpine village of St. Moritz, which is renowned worldwide as the epitome of elegance, a value dear to the Swiss watch brand. The spectacular ski resort hosts FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and World Cup stages all timed by Longines. It is also avenue for stylish equestrian events, such as the Longines CSI St. Moritz or the Night Turf St. Moritz and its Longines Show-Sprint Race. To celebrate this new partnership, the winged hourglass brand is launching an exclusive edition created especially for St. Moritz: the Conquest 1/100th St. Moritz. Touches of yellow and blue on the hands, the dial or the flange subtly hint at the iconic logo of St. Moritz, which is also engraved on the case back.

The demands required for Longines to reach such an extreme level of precision have led to the development of a new quartz movement, the L440, developed exclusively for Longines by the manufacture ETA. 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 a silver 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 yellow 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 St. Moritz
Reference number:    L3.700.4.78.6

Movement
Calibre Quartz chronograph movement L440
   
Functions   
Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Chronograph
- Central second hand
- Central 1/100th of second hand (in yellow)
- 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 of the St. Moritz logo on the back
Water-resistant: 30 bar (300 meters)  
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

Dial   
Silver dial with 1 applied Arabic numeral and 11 applied indices with Super-LumiNova®
1/100th inscription in blue
Small seconds at 6 o’clock (blue)
Date aperture at 4 o’clock
30-minute counter at 2 o’clock (blue)
12-hour counter at 10 o’clock (blue)
Blue flange

Hands   
Rhodium-plated with Super-LumiNova® (hour and minute hands)
Yellow (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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