Longines doesn’t seem to want to give the market any rest and four weeks after presenting its most recent Hydroconquest model, it now offers us the new Hydroconquest GMT which, in addition to the further complication, has been redesigned inside and out.
The changes begin on the outside, the new redesigned 41mm stainless steel case is now 1.0mm fatter, with shorter and angled lugs reducing the lug-to-lug distance making it more wearable, the previous bold rectangular crown guards are now replaced by smaller and rounded ones that fit better into the case, the dive bezel comes with fewer teeth but wider and the 300m water resistance is maintained.
The dial which now comes in four colour variants is where the biggest transformations take place, with the former Arabic numerals at 6-9-12 o’clock now being replaced by applied round markers which at noon take on the shape of an inverted triangle, also the markers of the remaining 8 hours, since the 3 o’clock one has no place on this race as it is occupied with the date window, come now with baton-shape, and all of them continue to be filled with luminescent material such as the three central hands. In addition to all this, this new version which adds a second-time zone complication also comes with a 24-hour bicolour chapter ring that works in partnership with the extra GMT central hand that comes with an arrow-shape tip.
Inside they receive the new Caliber L844.5 automatic movement that comes with a silicon balance spring, reaching 25,200 Vph and offering up to 72 hours of power reserve.
The new Hydroconquests also now receive a new H-link steel bracelet that comes with rectangular interconnecting links, replacing the previous three-link bracelet.
As for the variants, we have two with a more contemporary look, the first with a blue dial and bezel and the second with both in black, and we have two others with a more vintage look, with one coming with a brown dial and bezel and gilt accents and another one with a green dial, black bezel and gilt accents as well.
As for the differences between the variants, it is also worth mentioning the fact that the blue and black versions come with a white date window wheel, while the brown and green variants have a disc in the same shade as the dial. Also, while the first two variants can be purchased as an alternative to the new steel bracelet with an integrated rubber strap matching the tone of the dial, in the last two variants this possibility does not exist and is replaced by a NATO-type textile strap in the color of the dial.
The watches are already available in the brand’s official boutiques and authorized retailers with prices ranging from €3,100 for versions with a textile strap option and €3,200 for options with a steel bracelet or rubber strap.
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Model: Hydroconquest GMT
Reference: L3.790.4.06.2L3.7188.8.131.52 (black on a bracelet), L3.7184.108.40.206 (black on a strap), L3.7220.127.116.11 (brown on a strap), L3.718.104.22.168 (brown on a bracelet), L3.722.214.171.124 (blue on a bracelet), L3.7126.96.36.199 (blue on a strap)
Dial: Black, blue, brown, green
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Dimensions: 41 mm Diameter, 12.90 mm thick
Case Back: Stainless steel
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet, NATO-style textile strap, rubber strap
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT
Frequency: 25,200 Vph
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Price: € 3,100 (on a textile strap), € 3,200 (on a rubber strap or steel bracelet)
Limited Edition: No