On Tuesday evening the Hour Passion boutique in NYC opened its doors to guests for a special event with Swatch group brand, Longines. Longines was celebrating the upcoming Belmont Stakes. The Belmont Triple Crown Trophy, the Longines Just a Game Stakes Trophy as well as Longines prize watches were on display. This event should come as no surprise as the equestrian world is on the eve of a momentous occasion. American Pharoah winner of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes has a chance to make history on Saturday with a win at Belmont, completing the famed horse racing trifecta- the Triple Crown.
Both trophies on display were simply amazing. After being awestruck, I managed to take a look at the Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase and the Conquest Classic awarded to the prize winners. Both timepieces echo the elegance and excellence of Longines which traces its equestrian lineage back to 1878.
First, the Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase is a magnificent piece. The sophistication of this model comes from a combination of the moonphase complication and a chronograph function. As of now the Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase is the latest chronograph in the Conquest Classic collection. Coming in at a burly 42mm, the watch features a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement. Available in three different cases steel, steel with rose gold cap, or 18 carat rose gold, the watch is a stunner to say the least. Other exciting features of this timepiece are a transparent caseback and Super- Luminova indices. While personally I am not interested in moonphase complications at the moment, I can surely appreciate the craftsmanship behind such a unique piece.
The new Conquest Classic is equally as impressive. Available in three sizes- 29.5mm, 40mm, and 41mm, this versatile piece has lots of appeal. Fitted with the L688 column-wheel movement an exclusive ETA movement exclusively made for Longines, the Conquest Classic has some impressive pedigree. Available in steel, steel and rose gold, or rose gold alone, the case options add to the overall elegance and stately nature of the piece. Rounding out this strong offering are multiple sub-dials - a 30 minute counter, a 12- hour counter and small seconds. Overall I found the new Conquest Classic to be a sporty timepiece that can also stay on wrist for the most formal occasions.
Longines isn’t new to the world of chronographs or the horse racing however, this event was a perfect blend of the two. Regardless of who wins bragging rights this Saturday, the victor will leave with not only a title but also some fine timepieces from Longines. Be on the look out for more event coverage from House Passion, the boutique is doing a fine job at attracting diverse clientele with events such as this one.
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