This new two-tone look to this elegant diver's watch is making a big splash

Longines’ HydroConquest timepieces combine the practicality and durability of a diver’s watch with luxury and elegance of a proper dress watch.

AS diverse the diver’s watch is in the timepieces market, Longines has consistently been making waves with its HydroConquest collection since its launch in 2007.

Inspired by the world of watersports, these watches are distinctive for their bold style, and they are designed to appeal to demanding athletes.

That’s because HydroConquest timepieces stand out as true sports watches that combine the practicality and durability of a diver’s watch with luxury and elegance of a proper dress watch.

In essence, it offers the active successful personality who is not a professional diver the pleasure of owning a refined timepiece that has the endurance to go great depths, should he choose to don a wetsuit during his holiday in Bali.

As online watch magazine noted: “Apart from their practical water-resistance, for many non-professional divers, it is the solidity of a dive watch that makes it a perfect everyday companion.”

Water-resistance to 300m, each HydroConquest has a unidirectional rotating bezel, a screw down crown and case back, and a double security folding clasp with an integrated diving extension piece – all of which accentuate this collection’s character.

Arresting two-tone looks

With positive reviews for its exquisite yet competitive looks, especially after its 2018 design update, the HydroConquest range recently introduced a two-tone look to enhance the line.

With a grey, blue or black sunray dial or a matte green dial, each two-tone variation of the HydroConquest line is equipped with an exclusive self-winding movement (L888.5) featuring an anti-magnetic silicon balance-spring to guarantee high precision and a longer life span.

This new improvement is obvious on the blue, grey, black and green variations of the collection, and these are complemented by steel and rose physical vapour deposition (PVD) or steel and yellow PVD for added elegance.

Longines use PVD to cover the entire surface of the watch, and often its bracelet as well, with a thin layer of titanium nitride.

This extremely dense and exceptionally hard metal compound is deployed within a vacuum, almost similar to that in outer space.

It effectively provides the watch long-lasting protection against accidental scratches, scrapes and blemishes that come from daily wear and use.

In fact, it is nearly as hard as sapphires, which in itself stands second only to diamonds in hardness.

The HydroConquest collection also welcomes the rose and yellow PVD variations to complete this emblematic Longines line.

Longines’ HydroConquest collection’s a two-tone design aimed at enhancing the aesthetics line.Longines’ HydroConquest collection’s a two-tone design aimed at enhancing the aesthetics line.

Aesthetic functionality

The 2018 facelift infused the collection with more aesthetic and functional characteristics expected in diving watches, as well as to address the expectations of underwater enthusiasts.

In its blue, grey, black and green versions, each timepiece asserts a streamlined design with a bezel featuring a ceramic insert in the same colour as the dial.

The green, black and blue variations are now available in two-tone steel and yellow PVD, while the grey, black and blue ones are available in steel and rose PVD versions.

These sporty pieces are also available on a black, blue or green rubber strap.

A great variety of hues and finishes is available for this collection, to suit the wrist of anyone seeking exploration – from the city to the underwater depths.

Longines has been one of the oldest, more prestigious watchmakers in Switzerland.Longines has been one of the oldest, more prestigious watchmakers in Switzerland.

Prestigious legacy

Since its inception in 1832, Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance.

As one of the oldest, more prestigious watchmakers in Switzerland, it made its presence felt within the sporting community in 1878 when it debuted in equestrian sports.

With many years of experience as a timekeeper for world championships in sport and as a partner of international sports federations, Longines has forged solid and lasting links with the world of sport over the years.

In more contemporary times, its timepieces have been the choice of celebrities, from the likes of Humphrey Bogart to Kate Winslet and sport personalities like tennis champion Andre Agassi.

Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products, with outlets in over 150 countries.

Its time-honoured winged hourglass has been a long-standing emblem since its inception all those years ago.

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