Longines Conquest VHP - Longines launches a new extremely advanced quartz movement platform
What does “VHP” stand for? That's quite easy; it is the acronym of “Very High Precision” and, when it comes to superior precision in watch-making, it definitely has something to do with the so-called quartz technology. That is the type of technology that deeply affected mechanic watch-making throughout the 70s and that is nowadays at its peak and, most of all, it is a type of technology that is often everything but economically viable and simple as the majority of people tend to think.
In the world of watch-making there are different types of quartz and the development of this material is constantly evolving; some brands, like Longines, started developing this technology in the 50s, marking the fact that the Swiss industry of watch-making didn't simply react to a new technology launched on to the market by others but it actually pioneered it (the competitors,nevertheless, definitely contributed to the large scale manufacturing process of this technology by flooding the market with it). Longines has a solid background in chronometry and this story can be easily told through the many sports chronometry instruments on display in the brand's own museum that you can review on here.
The first caliber sporting this type of technology was developed by Longines in 1954, it was quite successful in the Neuchâtel observatory and it formed the basis for the first racing chronometry instruments. In 1969 the Longines Ultra Quartz was released; it was the first quartz timepiece manufactured in series by Longines and in 1984 the brand presented its Longines Conquest VHP.
It is quite natural that the heir of that model that was presented last week holds the same name as its predecessor and is part of the brand's sports collection par excellence; the Longines Conquest VHP. What did the group's manufacturing company (ETA) develop for Longines?
(Photo credit: courtesy of Longines)
Gaetano C @Horbiter