By Samantha Walsh
Since the year 1878 when they first produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount, Swiss watch manufacture Longines has been heavily dedicated to equestrian sport. It was a little over a century ago when Logines first started timing show-jumping competitions. Since then, the brand has been associated with some of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world, and recently partnered with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).
In honor of its long history with competition timing, Longines collaborated with the FEI to create the new Conquest Jumping watch, a precise timepiece for devotees of equestrian jumping. This sleek analog wristwatch has the ability to time jumping competitions to 1/100th of a second with a central second hand, while also taking into account the many regulations that govern this complex sport — including various time penalties and points. The watch also offers Jumping Tables and second timing counter, and a 45-seconds scale countdown. The specific requirements for timing this discipline lead to the creation of a new, highly accurate Longines quartz movement L441.
The 41mm steel chronograph features hours, minutes, and a date with a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock. In order to properly record accurate jump time a centrally mounted red hand points to the hundredths of a second while a counter at 2 o’clock shows the timed seconds and a counter at 10 o’clock displays the fault and penalty points. The Dial features Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova for easy night time reading. In short, it houses all of the functions necessary for timing this complex sport in a bold, sporty design. Fitted on a steel bracelet, the timepiece — water resistant to 50 meters– features either a black or silver dial with an elegant engraved jumping horse on the caseback.
One of the great things about this watch is its look. It is big without being too big, bold without being too bold and is a great blend of sporty and chic. The steel cage and bracelet and silver dial have a strong overall look thanks to the red accents on the dial. It all comes together nicely, for a great price of $1,700.