Longines: Good tone accuracy


The watch house with winged hourglass lends colour to its watchmaking and aesthetic know-how.

According to the historical symbol engraved on the back of each watch, Longines likes to give wings to the passing of time. Letting it fly in colour is the new challenge of the Swiss brand forged in tradition and performance, and the chromatic decoration dominates several collections. Among the most sporty, the HydroConquest diver adds to its blue, grey and black variations the choice between khaki green or imperial. Under all codes of diving, it meets the requirements of discipline: 300 meters of waterproofing, single-way rotating bezel, screwed crown and bottom, crown protection, double safety insert loop with immersion extension.

For lovers of broad and tonic elegance, the silhouette of the icon of the depths is in two versions. A 100% khaki, powered by an automatic calibre, surrounds the first with a ceramic bezel. In the lighter green tones of a brushed ceramic dial, the second benefits from an exclusively developed silicon spiral mechanism.

36mm nuanced

Chromatic immersion with the Legend Diver watch, brown dial. An authentic, wonderfully urban diving watch. Steel, 36 mm, waterproofing 300 meters, automatic, 2,100 euros (Milanese steel bracelet). ©Longines

The Swiss company has also reviewed the range of the Legend Diver Watch, a reinterpretation of a 1960s diving watch. With a history but a contemporary feel, this emblematic piece of the Heritage line now parades in 36mm city-friendly format. The aim is to enable him to accompany the everyday life of vintage lovers, men and women.

Like the previous models, the new variants retain the characteristic typography, double-screwed crowns and clean lines of the original model. Some are faithful replicas and the other, subtly colored creations. Nothing striking: The brown, black or white mother-of-pearl dials are paired with tone-on-tone or Milanese steel leather straps. The set provides a stylish backdrop for luminous needles covered with Super-Luminova. The legend reminds us of the back: the embossed drawing of a diver animates the screwed-up floor. The calibre? An established mechanical motor whose automatic winding produces a battery life of 40 hours.

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Coloured 1930s

A modern shadow for a 1930s beauty: the Heritage Classic picks up on the sectoral dial, minimalist typography and the “small second” typical of time. ©Longines

A silver dial, blue steel hands, two blue leather straps and nato leather denim effect: this color scheme gently enlivens a Longines creation from the Art Deco era. If the brand regularly draws on its heritage, the journey through time with the new Heritage Classic is particularly successful. Thanks to an absolute fidelity to the original model, we find the aesthetics of the sectoral dial of the time and other important details such as the generous small second counter, silver opal striped. The brand’s ability to magnify its past is once again proven, as the exclusive silicon spiral automatic movement has been designed to achieve a design that is even closer to the historical part.

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With an intense green dial made of brushed ceramic, hydroConquest Boutique Edition features an exclusive automatic calibre made of silicon spiral. The 41 mm steel housing is equipped with two steel or rubber belts and can be replaced without tools. €1,400. ©Longines

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