Global Exploration: The New HydroConquest GMTs from Longines
Taking their bow today, the latest models of Longines’ HydroConquest divers add a travel-ready GMT function to the popular adventure watch line as well as an extra dose of style to match their jet-set intention.
Since its launch in 2007, the Longines HydroConquest has joined the pantheon of exemplary modern dive watches, with just enough heritage inspiration to complement its au courant presentation.
Of course, Longines has a deep library from which to draw inspiration, seeing as the brand’s experience with dive watches dates back to the late 1950s with its perhaps-under-appreciated Nautilus Skin Diver and Compressor watches.
True to form, the new line of HydroConquests, debuting today, folds in yet another heritage feature that Longines has been tapping into since 1925, the GMT function.
Diving the World
These new HydroConquest GMTs are the perfect travel watch for the SCUBA set. By allowing for timekeeping in two zones (often home time and local time), the new HydroConquest GMT models will serve dive fans equally well whether they are under familiar waters close to home or exploring exotic, far-flung depths.
Moreover, the inclusion of a GMT means that this watch’s adventurous travel vibe and versatile functionality apply universally, even if your head never goes below the H20.
However, the addition of a GMT function isn’t all that’s new. The 41mm screw-down steel case has been redesigned. Meanwhile, the new GMT movement sports a silicon balance spring and other cutting-edge components that render the new HydroConquests up to ten times more magnetic-resistant than the ISO 764 benchmark standard (anti-magnetism has been a long-time focus for Longines, but it has been a prominent message from the brand lately).
In addition to all that, steel bracelet versions of the new dive watches feature a redesigned H-link construction with a micro-adjusting clasp for over-wetsuit fit, a first for the brand.
Available in four colorways – a foamy green dial and a sophisticated brown dial version (both with contrasting subdued yellow markers and furnishings) as well classic blue and black dial versions (with bright white detailing) – each HydroConquest GMT model features an exquisite sunray finish, a single screw-in crown with prominent crown protectors, and two-tone 24-hour scale along the flange. And it is upon this scale that the extended GMT hand’s arrow-shaped indicator (with the same contrasting color as the rest of the dial decals) rides.
Beyond the GMT function, you can expect your new HydroConquest GMT to be a complete workhorse when it comes to dive watch functionality:
• 30 bars (300 meters) of water resistance; A new notched unidirectional dive bezel with a ceramic inlay;
• A weekend-proof self-winding GMT-equipped Calibre L844.5 movement with 72 hours of power reserve;
• Geometric hour indices (triangular at 12, circular at 6 and 9 o’clock, with a date window at 3 o’clock) and hands coated with Super-LumiNova; and,
• A lume capsule on the triangular mark on the rotating bezel.
Add this all up, and the new GMT HydroConquest is an undeniably superb companion for your under-the-waves explorations.
Meanwhile, back on deck, the new HydroConquest GMTs are full of style. First, alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces on the case, bezel edge, and especially on the H-link steel bracelet add a burly dose of international savoir-fair. Then, to complement the dial colorways, the new line is also available on a blue or black rubber strap (with the same micro-adjustment clasp as the steel bracelet) and on stylish NATO fabric straps in khaki-beige or military green.
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(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)