The watchmaker with the winged hourglass logo, Longines, is the official timekeeper of the FIS Alpine Skiing season for yet another time. The new season of 2014/2015 has just started and in order to mark its beginning, Longines has released new Conquest 1/100th Alpine Skiing piece. Its main strongpoint that recommends it for use in the sport where absolute precision of timing is of upmost importance is its very accurate caliber with the ability to keep track of intermediate times. The movement in question was developed exclusively for the brand by ETA.
A couple of month ago, Longines released the version of the model which was dedicated to horse racing, another sport for which the brand has a special interest for. As a matter a fact, this is exactly the same watch that Longines prepared for the new skiing season. Apart from the different name, the only discrepancy between the timepiece dedicated to horse racing and skiing is the color of the dial. Unlike the previously launched timekeeper with a silver face, the new one is made with a black dial with a sunray motif. Since we have already written about that watch, let us just state its basic characteristics here. It is a stainless steel housed model with the bracelet made of the same material. The diameter of the piece is mid-sized and measures to 41 mm. As for the functioning, it is based on L440 quartz movement which was developed and produced by ETA. Its most important trait is that it enables a three counter chronograph which is extremely precise. It has the ability to measure results to 1/100th of a second, as the regulations of the sport state.
Lasting Involvement with Winter Sports
The novel watch is just the latest chapter of the company’s interest in winter sports and alpine skiing in particular. Longines ties to the sport reach as much as to 1933 when the brand was entrusted to measure alpine ski trials at Chamonox. This means that Longines is involved with various competitions for more than eight decades. Some of its more notable timekeepers that were used for the specific activity are Longines Chronoson from 1948, or the first quartz chronograph from 1956. As the President of the watchmaker, Walter von Kanel, stated in the official press release, the brand is very close-knit to the world of skiing. One of the watchmaker’s proudest moments in the area came in 1978 in Kitzbuhel when thanks to the Longnines timekeepers that were used for measuring, two skiers recorded the same result to 1/100th of a second. The novel watch is thus just the latest chapter in the long-lasting tradition. Von Kenel also adds that the timepiece with the reference L3.700.4.56.6 is primarily oriented toward ski professionals and enthusiasts who will have the ability to keep track of their results in a very accurate manner. Moreover, they will be able to measure intermediate times and thus analyze their performance in each of the stages of a ski track.