Longines Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting Watch Hands-On
What’s the principal thing you do when you venture off a plane? Check your telephone. Shoot a couple of instant messages. Perhaps check your Instagram feed. What’s more, with the new Longines Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting, you’ll immediately set your watch to the new time region – a stage that takes two brisk snaps of the crown somewhere close to the previously mentioned, bringing about the hands speeding around the dial to the right hour in as a matter of fact fulfilling design. Yet, the genuine party stunt here, and what makes this new V.H.P. genuinely earth shattering stuff past its great precision, is the way the watch records and saves ‘home’ and ‘travel’ time regions. Furthermore, the clue is in that general area for the sake of the actual watch, “Flash Setting.” Spoiler alert: while shrewd, the V.H.P. GMT is anything but a savvy by customary definition – it’s 100% simple, with no Bluetooth network by any means. The mystery ingredient lies in a centuries-old communications medium that should make your inward scout pioneer glad: Morse Code.
So when I heard that Longines was setting up a spin-off of 2017’s great V.H.P. high-precision quartz (a subset of quartz observes altogether alluded to by the community as “HAQ”) planned explicitly for explorers, I needed to know more. Accommodation and convenience when progressing is, all things considered, ruler, correct? Be that as it may, I couldn’t help feeling similar to Longines covered the lede on an inventive new exclusive development. Truly, the watch’s most novel element – the “flash setting,” is not too far off in the title. In any case, the speed and simplicity of setting is just a large portion of the story, in light of the fact that the exacting understanding is the genuine punchline: the V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting allows you to synchronize different time regions through a cell phone camera flash, which communicates the opportunity to the watch’s dial utilizing eruptions of light as old-school spots and runs. Seriously.
At the launch of the new Conquest V.H.P. GMT, Longines CEO Walter Von Känel rehashed his situation of having no interest in making a completely fledged smartwatch. In any case, the brand required a development that could develop the tradition of specialized advancements inside the V.H.P. line, without straightforwardly competing with thoroughbred innovation brands – a move that could at last compromise Longines’ commitment to the more slow paced customs of exemplary Swiss watchmaking. They discovered their answer in the V.H.P. Flash Setting, a quartz development that took ETA four years to create, which adds a serious level of globetrotting utility to the first V.H.P. (Extremely High Precision) type delivered in 2017. Note that this new ETA type is selective to Longines, and keeping in mind that Von Känel played bashful about permitting a developing number of intrigued brands admittance to the development, it appeared to be that he’s quick to keep it in the family. For the time being, at least.
Despite the center usefulness being dependent upon the new Longines cell phone application, the activity of the V.H.P. GMT is still lovely straightforward. To start with, you select two city references through the application from the segment for ‘home’ and the segment for ‘travel’ (your objective, basically). Also, the application has each of the 40 of the world’s time regions – including a couple of interesting zones adapted to 15 and 30-minute balances. Yet rather than matching the watch straightforwardly with the telephone like most associated gadgets, the collaboration is just top-down. To save your picked zones to the watch, basically point your camera at the dial and press ‘Start’ on the application, which rapidly makes an interpretation of the multiple times to Morse code, at that point quickly fires the camera flash in a succession of dabs and runs. Those signs are then perused by a light sensor covered up inside the small opening in the ‘1’ at 12:00 on the dial. Once completely translated (it just requires a couple of moments), the seconds hand flicks to the “home” marker at 11:00 to recognize the new time got, before the hands consequently star around the dial to the right position. Two ticks of the crown cycles the whole time show among home and travel times, and a solitary snap momentarily bounces the seconds hand to either the ‘home’ or the ‘travel’ marker (at 2:00) on the dial, telling the wearer which time is as of now being displayed.
What’s especially cool, is that since the watch saves the multiple times uncertainly, in case you’re consistently going between explicit time regions (ie: New York and London), there’s no compelling reason to play out the flash setting each time you travel – only two brisk snaps of the crown when you land, and the watch wraps up. Obviously, with various associations, or a multi-city travel agenda, you would have to play out the setting of two new occasions sooner or later during your excursion, yet the entire cycle takes all of only a couple seconds, and is a long way from a burden regardless of how short your association may be. As verified in the name, the new V.H.P. is additionally an appropriate GMT watch, so you have two relentless time shows – one of every 12-hour, and one out of 24-hour designs, consistently at a glance.
The genuine excellence of the GMT Flash Setting is that it’s a completely current, computerized gadget that acquires a similar language utilized by turn-of-the-century oceanic pilots imparting transport to-shore signs with sound, lamplight, or electric light, yielding a profoundly reasonable, imaginative arrangement, however one that is still misleadingly straightforward and quite extremely Swiss in this application. I especially appreciate how in spite of the specialized idea of the application coordination itself, there stays a certified simple appeal and lo-fi oddity that is quite missing from many associated, or Bluetooth-empowered watches. Obviously, a customary time-setting choice exists for the perfectionist – the watch can in any case be set and worked sans-telephone by means of the crown, basically future-sealing it for activity however long the watch is running.
The new Longines Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting isn’t only a notable delivery from its novel setting highlights, it’s additionally an amazingly exact watch, keeping up the great +/ – 5 seconds of the year precision of the standard thermocompensated V.H.P. delivered in 2017. It additionally includes an enemy of stun countermeasure that naturally repositions the hands after an effect (Casio has comparable innovation in its Master of G assortment G-Shock watches), is unaffected by outer attractive powers, and keeps a ceaseless schedule through 2399. It’s important that super precise thermocompensated quartz developments, similar to Longines’ ETA-created V.H.P. type, are somewhat of an enthusiast’s specialty, yet they’re not elite to the brand. Other striking competitors would be Grand Seiko’s 9F quartz, Breitling’s Superquartz developments, or Citizen’s Chronomaster assortment. Individual Swatch Group part Certina likewise stays committed to reasonable high-exactness quartz watches with the Precidrive. Nonetheless, the double timezone include that is presently select to Longines places this watch in a HAQ alliance all its own, and includes a truly valuable wear experience that ought to be valued by more than the individuals who fixate on accuracy.
Suffice to say, I’ve been hanging tight quite a while for a watch that conveyed a raised degree of comfort and capacity that lone the computerized domain could give, yet at the same time one that wasn’t completely separated from the regular appeal of an exemplary simple watch, and wouldn’t be completely out of date following two years. I wouldn’t think of it as a mishap that one of my most-worn watches over the most recent year and a half has been an ani-advanced quartz watch, whose solitary wrongdoing has been one of amazing consistency; consistently good to go, and approach wonderful timekeeping (it is thermocompensated, all things considered). Comfort may be top dog, yet so is utility and genuine common sense – and when watch brands seek after advancement in these regions, everybody wins.
Perhaps most awesome aspect all, is the means by which notwithstanding the new development, the Longines V.H.P. GMT remains prominently wearable, keeping up the 50m water obstruction and unobtrusive case extents of its standard 3-hand variation: in both 41mm, and 43mm case sizes. Likewise like the 2017 version, are the four pleasantly completed dial alternatives: silver, blue, dark with outspread guilloche, or carbon fiber, and on either an elastic lash or tempered steel arm band. The cost for the Conquest V.H.P GMT begins at $1,350 on the elastic lash (a $350 premium over the standard 3-hand VHP variation), and leaps to $1,750 on wristband. longines.com