Longines Master Collection Swiss Automatic Watches Review
Longines Master collection demonstrates the brand's complications in a familiar Longines package of eclectic cosmopolitan spirit. To every additional complication, there's a matching “complication” of design -- in other words, the form harmoniously resonates with the content.
All Master collection watches contain purely mechanical automatic movements – calibers that provide about two days of power reserve. In terms of design, the collection notably relies on leaf shaped hands, often crafted from blued steel, and classically built round case with small lugs.
The timepieces reveal occasional Breguet and Girard-Perregaux influences. These are two of the oldest and most respected Swiss watchmaking brands; both produced industry changing innovations, in design (including the blue hands and the elaborate guilloche), as well as in mechanical engineering.
Style and Dials
It's not accidental that in order to benefit the Master Collection -- Longines' horological apex, so to speak -- the Swiss brand exchanges ideas with these giants. The company establishes itself by blending familiar traditional components, some of which have been hundreds of years in production, with its unique vision of contemporary watchmaking.
It's interesting to note that Girard Perregaux have begun to reshape their brand towards a more global and modern image, as some of the Wall Street inspired watches demonstrate. Still, GP retain a certain air of radical exclusivity, whereas Longines are happy to stress their openness and warmth of design.
In particular, the eclecticism of dial compositions is impossible to ignore: the collection offers watches with white, crème, black, brown and pink dials, ornamented with Arabic or Roman numerals, and lacquered or embellished with a “barleycorn” pattern. The expressive, decorative font of the numerals (juxtaposing thick and hairline-thin lines) echoes the Art Deco design movement.
This line includes the following complications: calendar, moon phases, chronograph, GMT/world time indicator, dual time, and day-date. The brand stays true to its style in bringing the complications to life: versatility and eclectic blending to achieve a well-balanced mechanical instrument.
Longines don't limit themselves to a particular way of indicating the function; rather, one watch will display the data using a subdial (as a Patek Philippe watch would), while another will employ the entire dial, using central calendar hands, often in a retrograde manner (as a Breguet watch would).
Some power reserve indicators even display distant Jaeger LeCoultre references. It's possible, however, that given both brands' long history, the dissemination of design ideas occurred in a two-way fashion.
Longines Master Collection clearly focuses on the movements, resulting in a relatively limited range of materials. Most watches present a modest but solid stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal glass, and a matching bracelet or alligator strap.
More elaborate (jewelry) models, usually intended for the ladies, incorporate diamonds, mother-of-pearl, and yellow gold.