Longines is one of the leaders of the Swiss luxury watch industry. With over a century and a half of experience, Longines’ timepieces are well known for their impeccable craftsmanship, sleek elegant design and outstanding accuracy. Pioneering new technology and design, the brand is a must have in the collection of any self-respecting watch connoisseur. Longines has a wide range of collections which have been engineered to perfection over the years. Below we present the 5 essential Longines watches any man and collector should have.
Known for their exceptional design, Longines place elegance and accuracy at the center of each new designed model. When talking about Longines you’re talking about refindmend and quality. This Grand Classique men’s model is the quintessential dress watch. High-class and simple, it makes the perfect accessory. It’s sleek ultra-thin design allows for it to be worn comfortably. The case and bracelet are stainless steel. The sleek classic white dial is covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Painted black roman numerals and thin baton hands contrast the dial. A sapphire crystal covered exhibition case back showcases the automatic movement. The watch has a power-reserve of up to 40 hours.
Apart from their sophisticated dress models, Longines has a legacy of supporting a variety of sports. The brand’s sports line is amongst its most popular collections. The HydroConquest Sport is as elegant as it is practical. The watch features a stainless steel 41 mm case and bracelet. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal covers the blue sunray dial. A mix of applied indices and Arabic numerals contrast the dial. The numerals, hands and the dots above the indices are filled with Super-LumiNova luminescence. Its unidirectional bezel is in a matching to the dial blue and features a white minute scale. The automatic movement has a 64-hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 300 metres or 30 bars. Functions included on the watch are hours, minutes, second and a date aperture at 3 o’clock.
The Longines Master Collection combines models of outstanding importance in quality into one singular line in order to preserve the brand’s watchmaking traditions. This model has a slight vintage tone while still maintaining a timeless classic appearance. Its stainless steel case measures 40 mm. The brown alligator leather strap has white top-stitching which adds to the retro-chic look. Its dial is white with a barleycorn pattern. It’s contrasted by traditional painted Arabic-numeral hour markers. The subdials stand out in light silver sunray. Adding interest to the design are the watch’s blued steel hands. A date aperture features at the 6 o’clock position. Other functions on the watch include a chronograph, hours, minutes and seconds. The watch has a 42-hour power reserve and an exhibition case back.
During its long history Longines has created some extraordinary models and a range of timepieces of historical importance. Worn by explorers, pioneers and pilots, Longines is proud of its history and strives to preserve it. The Flagship Heritage model was first introduced in 1957 and re-issued in 2009. A watch of incredible understated elegance, it’s no surprise the Flagship is named after the most important ship in a fleet.
The round stainless steel case features a gold medallion of a yacht with the EFCo logo as decoration on the case back. Guaranteeing comfort and elevating the design of the watch is a dark brown alligator leather strap with white topstitching. The elegant cream dial is complemented by applied gold indices and gilt dauphine hands. A date aperture is placed at the 6 o’clock position. Encasing the dial is an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The watch has an automatic movement with up to 42 hours of power reserve.
One of the newest additions to the brand’s portfolio is the Spirit collection. Released in 2020, the Spirit collection is inspired by 20th century pilot’s watches. The line was created in homage to aviation pioneers such as Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughs. With these models Longines is hoping to inspire a new age of exploration with the collection. This Spirit watch retains many of the characteristics of historical pilot’s watches. A definite must-have for any aviation enthusiast.
The case is stainless steel and measures 40 mm. It’s crown is large, which historically made it easier for pilot’s to handle when wearing gloves. The sleek black dial is contrasted by large luminescent indices and hands. The watch is water resistant to 10 bars or 100 metres. It has a date aperture at 3 o’clock. A COSC certified chronometer is also featured on the watch. It has a monocrystalline silicon balance spring. The dial is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The watch has an automatic movement with a 64-hour power reserve.
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