Fulfilling all expectations of a high-quality mechanical timepiece, the Longines Master collection touches every aspect of modern fine watchmaking right down to the smallest detail. Classic in form yet versatile in function, it is a vast collection that encompasses a broad spectrum of timepieces running the gamut from basic time and date models to practical complications such as calendars and chronographs of all stripes.
But irrespective of function or feature, every Longines Master collection watch is driven by a mechanical self-winding movement – a sure testament of the company’s traditional watchmaking values and commitment to producing exceptional timepieces. Shown through a sapphire crystal back, the Longines manufactured calibres exhibit elements of fine movement finishing and decorations, such as Côtes de Genève on the oscillating mass, perlage all over the bridges, and neat, elegant bevelling of the plates.
In addition to the movement, these familiar hallmarks of high quality craftsmanship are also applied to cases and dials. Surfaces with alternating brushed-and-polished finishes evoke the core tenets of haute horlogerie, and this is especially evident in the bracelet models. Carefully chamfered edges leave only smooth and refined lines on the bezel and lugs, while a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal yields perfect legibility from all angles.
Meanwhile, the dials in the Longines Master collection are finessed with a wealth of intricate details – or eye candy in layman’s terms – skewed towards the watch enthusiast. Dressed in black or silver, they are often elevated with an elegant barley-corn pattern that recalls the traditional art of hand-guillochage. Dials in blue or black are finished with a dazzling sunburst effect that throws up a beautiful play of light enlivening even the most understated creations. Several references are also studded with diamonds indexes for those seeking an extra spark of luxury.
The versatility of the Longines Master collection is underscored by its sheer variety of size and case options. Providing the ideal watch for every wrist, case dimensions for men’s models start at a very modest 38.5mm, arching over the customary range of 40, 41, and 42mm, getting no bigger than 44mm – and that’s strictly for the gentleman’s chronographs. Running on the in-house Calibre L688 column wheel chronograph movement which requires a little more space, these watches occupy that sweet spot between sporty and dressy favoured by stylish urbanites.
Added functionality however doesn’t necessitate a compromise on elegance as the triple calendar moon phase chronograph reference demonstrates, thanks to judicious use of space within the 42mm case. Day-date-month remains clearly legible while timekeeping and running seconds are neatly sequestered in sub-dials. Longines has even managed to include a 24-hour indicator, along with a classical moon phase display.
Since its launch in 2005, the Master collection has been the posterchild of Longines’ traditional watchmaking know-how. Defined by quality and diversity, it is where you’ll experience the finer points of horology whether you’re a corporate warrior, a professional sportsman, or just your friendly neighbourhood watch-loving bloke with an irrational love for beautiful craftsmanship.
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