Longines, the iconic watchmaker with a legacy dating back to 1954, has joined forces with skiing sensation Marco Odermatt to launch a limited edition of its Conquest Chronograph. Rooted in history, the Conquest was initially crafted for French Polar Expeditions and has evolved into a timeless piece within the brand’s Heritage collection.
Longines, with its first chronograph model introduced in 1878, has an extensive history as a sporting events timer. In 1924, it made a mark by providing timekeeping equipment for a military ski race. Fast forward to today, Longines proudly stands as the main partner of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the Official Timekeeper for the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and FIS World Championships.
Born in 1997, Marco Odermatt became a Longines brand ambassador in 2019. His illustrious career includes representing Switzerland at two Junior World Championships, three World Championships, and the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he clinched the gold medal in giant slalom. This year alone, Odermatt secured a World Championship gold in downhill and giant slalom, setting a new FIS World Cup record with a staggering 2024 points in the men’s competition.
Crafting Excellence: The Conquest Chronograph Marco Odermatt Limited Edition
Designed in collaboration with Odermatt, this limited-edition Conquest Chronograph maintains the technical prowess of the ‘regular’ blue edition while boasting unique features. The 42mm stainless steel case, with a height of 14.30mm, showcases a fixed stainless steel bezel with a ceramic insert and tachymeter scale. The screw-down crown, nestled within a protective guard module, ensures a water resistance of 100m.
The distinctive blue sunray dial now sports matte silver sub-counters at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. Notably, the collaboration introduces a snail finish on the silver track surrounding the counters and employs red hands for the chronograph, adding a touch of dynamism. The Super-LumiNova treated hour indices and hands enhance readability, and in a nod to purists, there’s no date window.
In a departure from the stainless steel bracelet, the Odermatt edition comes with a striking blue fabric strap featuring white top-stitching and four red stitches mirroring the chronograph hands. The folding clasp, equipped with a micro-adjustment system, comes with an additional blue NATO strap for versatility.
The caseback’s sapphire area proudly displays a decal of the Crystal Globe, symbolizing Odermatt’s triumphs in the Alpine Skiing World Cup over the last two seasons. Powering this masterpiece is the Longines L898.5 calibre, an adaptation of the ETA 2892 modular chronograph, boasting a silicon balance spring and exceptional resistance to magnetism.
To commemorate Odermatt’s remarkable 2024 points, the Longines Conquest Chronograph Marco Odermatt is a limited edition of 2,042 watches, retailing at CHF 3,800. For enthusiasts eager to own a piece of this collaborative legacy, more information is available at longines.com.