Longines Conquest V.H.P. Review - The Truth About Watches (2024)

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Citizens’ Caliber 0100 is the world’s most accurate watch (that doesn’t sync to an external source). We’re talking about a timepiece boasting +/- one second per year accuracy. We’re also talking thousands of dollars and zero availability. If accuracy’s your jam and money’s too tight to mention, check out the Longines Conquest V.H.P. . . .

Introduced in 1984, the original Conquest V.H.P. (Very High Precision) wowed horologists with +/- 10 seconds per year accuracy. At Baselworld 2017, Longines reacted to the ongoing Smart Watch Crisis by unveiling the second gen Conquest V.H.P. The new model improved accuracy variation to an astounding +/- 5 seconds per year.

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Developed in conjunction with SWATCH stablemate ETA, Longines’ thermo-compensated caliber L289 is insane. It destroys the average quartz watch’s +/- 10 seconds per month accuracy. It’s five times more accurate than the Swiss COSC requirement of +/- 0.07 seconds variation per day. But wait! There’s more!

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If you knock the Conquest V.H.P. movement too hard, its gear position detection system restores the dislocated hands to their correct position. If one of two sensors detects a disruptive magnetic field, the L289 stops the hands until the danger passes, then returns them to their correct position.

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When the Conquest’s four-year battery nears end-of-life, the second hand jumps in two second intervals. To forestall mortality, pull out the Conquest’s crown out for two minutes. The hands gather at 12 as the battery goes into sleep mode. Push the crown back in and the hands return to duty and the date corrects itself. You haven’t lost even .07 of a second. And that’s not the end of it.

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Every three days, at 3 am exactly, the L289 movement self-tests. The hands spin like crazy as the Conquest ensures that “the reference time is correct and accurate.” Unless, of course, there’s an impact (large or small). In that case, the movement will schedule a self-test the next morning at 3 am exactly.

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I demoed the Conquest V.H.P. by holding it up against my iPhone. The digital readout changes at the precise moment the watch’s second hand hits 12. The idea that the Conquest will keep pace with my Apple phone/watch for a year or more is amazing. The Conquest V.H.P.’s design, not so much.

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With its brushed steel case and polished steel bezel, the Conquest V.H.P. three-hander is a handsome beast. But it’s a buttoned-down timepiece.

From its C3-lumed indices and matching hands, to the unassuming Arabic 12 and 6, to the small date window, the Conquest V.H.P. is unadorned – to the point where you’d be forgiven for expecting to see the word “Timex” on its dial.

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A circular guilloché dial pattern is the Conquest’s only attempt at style. The subtle engine-turned circles do nothing to lift the quartz-powered Conquest into the realm of the thousand dollar-plus watch. Which is why they’re available from Jomashop, Ebay and Amazon for around $730. (Retail $1350.)

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The Conquest V.H.P. is a towering timekeeping achievement. Yes but – in the age of the Smart Watch and Seiko’s solar-powered, GPS-adjusted Astron, the Longines Conquest V.H.P. has been conquered by modern technology. Even so, it remains a ridiculously reliable, hyper-accurate companion for OCD watch nerds. A future collector’s classic? I wouldn’t be surprised.

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Model: Longines Conquest V.H.P.
Price: $1350 (available new-in-box for around $750 from Amazon, Jomashop, eBay, etc.)


Case: brushed stainless steel, polished steel bezel
Diameter: 43mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Weight: 4.4oz.
Band Material: Textured rubber
Band width: 20 millimeters
Clasp: stainless steel push-button deployant
Functions: Date, hour, minute, seconds
Movement: Longines L289 thermo-regulated quartz
Water resistance: 50 meters

RATINGS (our of five stars):

Design * * * *
Depends on the light. At certain angles, the black chrome 12 and 6 pop, creating a strikingly modern, macho dial. At most angles, they disappear, leaving something between handsome and bland.

Legibility * * * *
Aside from the too-dark second hand, the Conquest is at-a-glance perfection. Lumed with Super-LumiNova C3, the hands and indices (excluding the 12 and 6) are a veritable night light.

Comfort * * * * *
It’s a thick, heavy thing, but the high quality rubber strap and solid push-button deployant clasp are a joy to have and to hold.

Overall * * * * *
The Conquest V.H.P. is a technical tour-de-force, accurate to +/- five seconds per year, with “smart” shock and magnetic protection and a way-cool sleep mode. It’s a beautiful bling-free watch from a storied watchmaker – a steadfast everyday timepiece and a future collectible.

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Has Longines discontinued the VHP? ›

However, the Longines V.H.P. Perpetual Calendar watch was discontinued in 2006, and the V.H.P. series sat dormant until it was revived in 2017 with a new lineup of refined and highly-capable Longines Conquest V.H.P. sports watches.

Is Longines as good as Rolex? ›

Yes, Longines is considered a luxury watch brand. Although they offer more affordable watches than other luxury brands like Rolex, the quality and craftsmanship of Longines watches are well-regarded in the watch industry.

Are Longines watches a good investment? ›

Is Longines A High End Watch? Absolutely. They are a high end timepiece because they have been providing excellence since their inception in 1832, allowing them to be potentially great investments.

Is Longines better than Tissot? ›

The Longines brand is a luxurious watchmaking brand with a high price tag on its timepieces, unlike Tissot, a budget-friendly watch brand. If you a watch enthusiast looking for a budget-friendly watch, you will opt for the Tissot brand, but you will pick a Longines model if you want a luxurious timepiece.

Is Longines a high end watch? ›

Is a Longines a luxury watch? Is Longines a luxury brand? Yes, but they are a lower market luxury watchmaker compared to many other high-end luxury watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, and many others. Many would classify them as a more affordable and attainable luxury.

Is Breitling better than Longines? ›

Longines and Breitling differ somewhat when it comes to craftsmanship. The build on the average Breitling watch feels tougher and more durable than the average Longines. The mechanical Longines watches will almost always come with a transparent sapphire case back allowing you to see the finished mechanical movement.

Is Longines better than TAG Heuer? ›

Longines, for the most part, makes more refined watches with beautiful hand finishing on their movements. Tag Heuer uses finishing techniques on their calibers as well but their methods tend to look more sporty and utilitarian.

Why is Omega better than Longines? ›

People that would choose Omega are usually looking for a more respected brand, a more functional watch, or a watch that has a higher resale value. They are willing to pay significantly more for the added value that the Omega brand brings as well as the extra years offered in Omega's warranty period.

Are Longines as good as Omega? ›

Movements and Accuracy

Omega is renowned for its innovative and high-precision movements, such as the Co-Axial escapement, which offers improved accuracy and reliability. Longines, while also producing high-quality movements, tends to focus more on traditional watchmaking techniques.

Is Longines made in China? ›

Dials come from factories in the Swiss towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Grenchen, cases are polished in Portugal and Thailand and bracelets are made in China. China — actually the brand's early presence throughout Asia — also has made a significant difference in Longines' development.

What do people think of Longines? ›

Each watch is made using high-quality materials.

Longines make great watches for daily wear as they are made using some of the best materials on the market. These timepieces will retain their brand new look for many years to come if they are cared for properly.

Are Longines worth the money? ›

Is Longines a good watch? Yes. An excellent watch. There is a direct correlation though between the value of a brand, the recognition of a brand and the resale value.

Is Longines a cheap brand? ›

The Swiss watchmaker has been around since 1832, meaning it has precisely 190 years of watchmaking experience to its name. Although, despite this great deal of experience and knowledge, it remains fairly affordable in the realm of luxury watches.

Is Longines or Raymond Weil better? ›

Both brands make great watches. However, Longines makes a finer type of watch compared to Raymond Weil. Longines also makes watches that are considered more complex in terms of their watchmaking know-how and/or high horology with certain watches featuring more than one mechanical complication.

Is Oris or Longines better? ›

In terms of durability, both brands do a great job, but I would venture to say that Oris watches are more rugged and therefore require less service and repairs. An Oris watch, (especially a high-end sports model) is built a bit tougher and is more equipped to handle day-to-day wear.

When did Longines stop making movements? ›

Longines stopped making their own movements in the late 1980s, and though admittedly missing the truly 'in-house' movements of old, and lacking in high-end finishing, they do benefit from a supply of rock-solid and reliable movements from the likes of 'ETA' (also part of the Swatch Group).

What does Longines VHP stand for? ›

VHP stands for Very High Precision, and that's exactly what it is. Already in the 1980s, Longines had their VHP quartz watches but they disappeared again at some point.

Who makes the most accurate quartz watch? ›

The Citizen CTQ57-0953 Chronomaster is revered for its exceptional accuracy, showcasing Citizen's mastery of quartz watch technology. Its precision is achieved through a high-frequency quartz oscillator, oscillating at an astonishing rate of 8,388,608 Hz.

Which celebrity wears Longines watches? ›

Jennifer Lawrence
  • Barbara Palvin.
  • Regé-Jean Page.
  • Kate Winslet.
  • Suzy.
  • Jung Woo-Sung.
  • Eddie Peng.
  • Zhao Liying.

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