November 30, 2022
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With year-end holidays just around the corner, the time is just right to find the ultimate gift for that special person in your life. Longines is here to help with a selection of four stunning watch collections — the Longines Spirit, The Longines Master Collection, HydroConquest, and Longines DolceVita model families, all offering outstanding variety and choice through distinctly different styles, moods, and feature sets. Below are four specific models, with many more awaiting at the Longines website.
In today’s interconnected and globalized world, there’s a solid chance you are looking for the ultimate watch gift for someone who needs to keep track of two — or even three — timezones at once. Whether it is working for an international company or having a family member frequently travel or live far away, there are a variety of reasons a GMT feature can be a very thoughtful addition. 2022 saw the Longines Spirit collection reach its peak with the introduction of just that: a GMT hand, i.e., an easy-to-read display of a second timezone. Reaching across the dial and pointing right at the 24-hour bezel is an arrow-tipped hand in polished gold — a complementary color to the green bezel — making for an error-proof reading of that second timezone. Why error-proof? Because it can be easy to mix up AM and PM times when trying to track distant timezones, to which a 24-hour scale is a reliable and convenient solution.
Established 190 years ago, in 1832, the Longines of today builds on an exceptionally rich history of inventive watchmaking. The first dual-time pocket watch the Saint-Imier-based manufacture created in 1908 to display both French and Turkish time simultaneously, and the Zulu moniker was introduced in 1925 on a square wristwatch that used a dedicated UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) hand to indicate so-called Zulu time — a military nickname. Longines was there all along the past century for the incredible growth and development of flight and air travel, developing a wide range of watches to be used by pilots and the jet set. All it takes is a glance at the winged hourglass logo on the dial to know: Today’s Longines Spirit Zulu Time relies on the brand’s extensive aeronautical heritage to serve as a robust and highly functional watch for frequent travelers of the twenty-first century.
Measuring a sporty-elegant 42mm-wide and 49mm from lug to lug, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time combines a confident presence with refined proportions, making for a look that is fashionable not just today, but for decades to come. The case is crafted from stainless steel with a robust 10 bar (100m equivalent) water resistance guaranteed by a series of gaskets and a screw-in crown for ultimate peace of mind. The front is protected by a sapphire crystal that sports several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides, further improving the already excellent legibility that comes courtesy of the contrast between an anthracite dial contrasting against the polished gold hands and applied hour markers. For utmost utility, the 24-hour second timezone readout is combined with a discreet date display at the 6 o’clock position.
To ensure unrivaled ease of use, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time is powered by the L844.4 movement that boasts an extended 72-hour power reserve, replenished by a self-winding system, and an official COSC chronometer certification testifying to its reliability and proven accuracy. Protected by a decorated caseback in solid stainless steel, a monocrystalline silicon balance spring guarantees that the Longines Zulu Time can maintain its accuracy even if exposed to magnetic fields, such as those emitted by laptop speakers or airport security devices. The Longines Spirit Zulu Time is available in a variety of configurations, seen here with a virtually scratchproof ceramic bezel in green, matched to a calf leather strap in beige.
Ever since its 2007 introduction, the Longines HydroConquest line has been dedicated to women and men looking for a high-performance timepiece that combined technical innovation and elegance. Complemented by the brand’s vintage-style divers, such as the Longines Legend Diver Watch and the Longines Skin Diver, the HydroConquest is thoroughly modern in its presentation. The purposeful dial is characterized by a set of large Arabic numerals and angular hands, with a series of round hour markers completing the picture for uncompromised legibility, day in and day out. The case is robust, with wide, gently curved lugs and fully functional crown guards providing a powerful first impression — and one that is sure to last.
The HydroConquest collection comprises sporty-elegant dive watches that can be 39, 40, 41, 43, or 44mm wide — and it is seen here in its more compact, 39mm-wide presentation. The smaller diameter brings makes no compromises with regard to water resistance: The 39mm-wide HydroConquest is rated water resistant to a pressure of 30 bar (300m equivalent). Despite this, the case measures just 12.20mm thick, making for a comfortable experience even through extended periods of wear. The bezel is highly scratch-resistant ceramic, in this instance in stunning blue with white markers to match the color palette of the dial.
This Longines HydroConquest is powered by the L888 exclusive Longines caliber that drives the glow-in-the-dark hands through an extended power reserve of approximately 72 hours. Further models in the range might feature a self-winding chronograph movement for additional functionality, or a quartz movement, once again providing superb variety. Likewise, this HydroConquest is presented on the three-piece link stainless steel bracelet with a double-safety folding clasp and integrated diving extension, a solid, yet comfortable option complemented by optional rubber straps available in a number of colors.
The watch brand with the winged hourglass has revisited models in its famous rectangular collection and created the new Longines DolceVita X YVY line. With its leather straps created by Swiss designer Yvonne Reichmuth, founder of the company YVY, the Longines DolceVita looks timelessly elegant, yet unique in any setting. Measuring 23.3 x 37mm, the case of this particular model is equally suited to a woman’s or man’s wrist. Powered by the L176 quartz movement, the case measures just 7.2mm-thick, as befits a timepiece of such high levels of refinement and style. The brown main strap matches the silver “flinqué” dial decorated with painted Roman numerals and accentuated by a square running seconds subdial at the 6 o’clock position. By playing with the different shades of leather, the straps are suitable for different moods of the wearer at any event of the day thanks to the easy-to-use, tool-free strap-changing system. The thin strap can also be worn on its own as an accessory. Available in a wide range of colors, and sizes, with matching bracelet options, the Longines DolceVita collection will have the perfect gift for that sartorial-minded loved one.
The Longines Master Collection offers incredible variety through a selection of timepieces fitted exclusively with self-winding movements, with the various models in this collection offering many special features. Seen here is the 34mm-wide Master with a white mother-of-pearl dial set with 12 Top Wesselton VS-SI diamonds as its hour markers. At the 6 o’clock position, a moon phase display is beautifully integrated into a pointer date subdial, while the running seconds are indicated by a center-mounted hand, silvered and polished. The polished stainless steel case is secured around the wrist by a red strap with an alligator top and a calf underside, with a triple-folding safety clasp with a push-piece opening mechanism.
The sapphire crystal caseback reveals the L899 self-winding movement that offers an extended power reserve of approximately 72 hours. This Longines exclusive caliber features a signed and decorated oscillating mass and movement plates adorned with a perlage circular pattern. This highly refined movement helps keep the case thickness at just 11.1mm thick, doing its part to maintain the perfect proportions of this model.
Pricing details for the pieces as featured above are as follows: The Longines Spirit Zulu Time is priced at $2,950 USD, the Longines HydroConquest is priced at $1,700 USD, the Longines DolceVita is priced at $1,600 USD, and The Longines Master with a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond hour markers is priced at $2,850 USD. You can learn more and browse the full collections for the perfect gift at the brand’s website.Sponsored Posts are a form of advertising that allows sponsors to share useful news, messages, and offers to aBlogtoWatch readers in a way traditional display advertising is often not best suited to. All Sponsored Posts are subject to editorial guidelines with the intent that they offer readers useful news, promotions, or stories. The viewpoints and opinions expressed in Sponsored Posts are those of the advertiser and not necessarily those of aBlogtoWatch or its writers.