It is not news for anybody that watches made in Switzerland are the most famous watches in the world, for their precision and luxurious looks. Longines, a Swiss brand, is not an exception. It was established in 1832 and since then, it has been 182 years now (unfortunately, I did have to use a calculator to get that). In 182 years, experience is gained, a tradition of well crafted watches is created and nowadays nobody expects less than a superb time piece from this company.
Although I do not own this piece of luxury, I was lucky enough to spend some time with it, and I’ll leave here some of my thoughts, for those of you who want or have the opportunity to get it. Note that I am not an expert on the issue (not even close), I will be giving my opinion as a “regular-watch-user” person.
Personally, I really enjoy most of the things that have a classic look but with a modern twist given to them. And the way this watch does that is simply impressive. I find the combination between the brown alligator strap and the blue steel hands of the watch absolutely stunning. I feel that the white background with large arab numbers, the small date and the other 3 hands in the middle are in a perfect balance, so that it doesn’t feel that the watch is filled with thousands of complex functionalities. The rather minimalistic look was very well kept.
Once again, I believe that the blue hands make the watch so elegantly versatile that it goes well with pretty much everything, from a formal 3-piece suit to a casual t-shirt and jeans.
Small details were not overlooked and it is possible to see that the white stitched alligator strap is brilliant.
The round 44mm diameter stainless steel case is just about right. I enjoy big watches, but I believe that a larger case would break the balance mentioned before and turn it into a casual watch.
It is an automatic watch which means that no batteries are required and by simply moving it, will make it work. This is a very convenient feature, as a lot of money will be saved over time and if you don’t use it for a long period, you don’t have to worry about the battery. Without even touching it, the watch stopped after about 2 days.
There are 3 extra functionalities in this watch, that are a bit different from the most recent ones (I am assuming this is an older version, because I could not find exactly the same model). On the left, the day of the week is represented by a number (I assumed 7 was Sunday, but I think it is up to you). While the hand on the bottom tells you the the time in the 24 hours format (so, whether it is A.M. or P.M.), the hand on the right is a 12 hour chronograph.
I seriously believe this is one of the most luxurious and most beautiful time pieces I have worn. I would even dare to say “will ever have”. (And there’s not much more to state about it, because this post should definitely end with a strawberry jam waffle. It is how it is meant to be.)
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