If you watched this year’s Triple Crown horse races and witnessed American Pharoah’s thrilling, historic victory, you may have been wondering which wristwatch was presented to the winning jockey by official timekeeper Longines. If so, wonder no more: it was the Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase, which debuted at Baselworld 2015 and added a new complication to the Longines Classic Conquest collection. Scroll down to learn more about it.
The Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase continues the brand’s recent revitalization of the historic Conquest watch line, which was first patented in 1954 and now includes the vintage-inspired Conquest Heritage family. The design of this watch, Longines says, was influenced by the refined elegance of equestrian sports; Longines has been a sponsor of equestrian sporting events since 1878 and now serves as timing partner to the Triple Crown races.
The new watch has a diameter of 42 mm and contains an automatic movement, Caliber L678, made for Longines by ETA, which combines, among other functions, a chronograph with a moon-phase display. The case — available in steel, in two-tone steel and rose-gold, and in 18k rose gold — is water-resistant to 50 meters.
The dial, available in black and silvered versions, is set with nine applied indices coated with Super-LumiNova. The chronograph’s 12-hour counter shares a subdial with the the moon-phase display 6 o’clock; the 24-hour second-time zone indicator joins the small seconds display on the 9 o’clock subdial; and another subdial at 12 o’clock serves as the chronograph’s 30-minute counter and displays the day and month in a dual window. The date is indicated on a numbered scale surrounding the dial by a half-moon-tipped central hand.
The Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase has a transparent sapphire caseback through to display the watch’s mechanical movement. observed. It is available on a black alligator strap, on a steel bracelet, and on a two-tone, steel-and-rose-gold cap bracelet, each with a triple-folding safety clasp.
We snapped a few photos (below) of the Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase (the two-tone bracelet edition) during our visit with the brand at Baselworld 2015. Prices start at $3,900. For my hands-on review of the Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase, conducted during a trip to the Kentucky Derby, click here.