185 YEARS: A LONGEVITY “RECORD”
To celebrate its 185th anniversary, the watchmaker from Saint Imier has unveiled a complete collection of steel watches with an automatic movement, and officially certified as chronometers by the COSC.
Longines has now been in business for 185 years: 185 years since the birth of the brand from Saint Imier – a town famous for its pool of watchmaking talents – and 185 years of mastery in technique, timekeeping and aesthetic appeal. If we had to sum up Longines in a few words, we would mention timeless elegance, efficient mechanisms and attractive prices. The watchmaker’s two main strengths are the wide range of its watches and accessibility. This 185th anniversary is the occasion for a new collection of watches named Record and equipped not only with an automatic mechanism, but also a chronometer certified by the COSC.
This line of Record watches includes a large variety of steel models available in several different diameters (26, 30, 38.5 or 40mm) and adorned with a wide range of dials. Some of these models, mainly those designed for women, include a bezel decorated with diamonds.
The various colours on offer on the dials are quite traditional: opaline mother-of-pearl, lacquered black and studded with a diamond index, matt white featuring Roman numerals, silvered with a sunburst finish and decorated with triangular hour markers, or black, blue or silver featuring an hour rim made up of Arabic numerals and index, to mention just some of the designs. At the centre of each dial is a couple of metallic or blued steel dauphine-style hands displaying the hours and the minutes, along with a second hand. To round things off, the date appears in a window at 3 o’clock.
The hour and calendar functions are driven by the calibre L592.5, based on an ETA design, an automatic mechanical movement that has been officially certified by the COSC and provides a power reserve of over 60 hours.
Priced from 1 850 CHF (steel, 26mm) to 4 260 CHF (steel set with diamonds, 30mm)
By Sharmila Bertin