Ripped straight from the world of water sports, the Longines HydroConquest is aggressive in performance and handsome by design. Taking the range’s aesthetic brilliance up one more notch—while staying completely true to its functional underpinnings—the brand has introduced two new chromatic duo variations. The green, black, and blue models are now available in two-tone steel and yellow PVD, while the grey, black, and blue versions are available in steel and rose PVD. Choose the hue, strap, and finish that works for you and consider yourself properly equipped for every adventure or occasion.
Arguably best known for their iconic heritage-inspired pieces, Swiss-based Longines certainly knows how to craft an exceptional dive watch as well. They revisited the HydroConquest range in 2018 and graced each model with the classic tenets of a modern diving watch. Originally, the brand opted for a monochromatic interface, with the bezel’s ceramic insert matching the colour of the dial. With the introduction of these two-tone variations, the range itself takes on a new tier of contrast and visual dimension.
While built for athletes and aqua adventure seekers, HydroConquest watches look no less stunning at the nearest club or dinner party. One might say that each model embodies the very essence of Longines, a brand that continues to strike the perfect balance between high performance and timeless style. No matter how eye-catching the overtones, however, these pieces always retain their sporty underpinnings. From city street to underwater terrain, HydroConquest has you covered.
Design-wise, the 41mm watch comes fully loaded with signature dive elements. Water-resistant to 300m, each model consists of a unidirectional rotating bezel, SuperLuminova hands and markers, three Arabic numerals and 10 cabochons on the dial face, a screwdown crown and caseback, and sapphire crystal with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides. Choose between a stainless steel bracelet with yellow or rose PVD, or a black, blue, or green rubber strap. Every strap features a double security folding clasp and integrated diving extension.
Each HydroConquest two-tone variant comes backed by a five-year warranty and available in either a grey, blue, or black sunray dial. Engraved upon the caseback is classic Longines detailing and the unmistakable winged hourglass logo at dead centre. Under the skin is the brand’s own mechanical self-winding movement: caliber L888.5. It employs an antimagnetic balance-spring to ensure consistency, precision, and a longer lifespan under hostile conditions, and delivers a 72-hour power reserve.
Between the immaculate dial sheen, subtle accents, classic dive features, and bold colour contrasts, the new Longines HydroConquest renders a formidable impression. We’re particularly drawn to the deft use of darker colour and sturdy material, which imparts a modern style…and that’s before one has even tried it on.
Wrapped around your wrist, the watch delivers steadfast performance and a SuperLume glow as you plunge below the water’s surface. Emerge on land, throw on a swanky ensemble, and head out for the night without changing your wristwear, the HydroConquest now doubling as an instant head-turner. Indeed, this is a piece that’s every bit as versatile as the man who’d own one. Retailing for approximately AUD 2,725, it’s also one of the best-priced watches on the market when you consider its bounty of choice specs.
It’s all par for the course over at Longines. Operating out of Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832, the luxury watchmaker’s fusion of style, performance, and innovation exists in a class of its own. They’ve been the official timekeeper for various athletic championships and federations, while simultaneously forging a consistently striking aesthetic. When in doubt, just look for the famous winged hourglass emblem—you can find it in over 150 countries around the world. With the new HydroConquest two-tone variations, the tradition of excellence continues.
Calibre: Mechanical self-winding movement
Water-Resistance: 300 metres
Glass: Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating
Dial Colour: Matt green, sunray grey, sunray black or sunray blue