Saturday, April 4, 2015

Longines Saint-Imier Collection

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection has been inspired by the foundations of the watchmaking tradition on which the brand, known by its winged hourglass trademark, has been built. Longines was set up in 1832 in what was then a small village nestling in a valley deep in the Swiss Jura Mountains: Saint-Imier.

Right from the firm’s early days, Longines Watch Co. Francillon Ltd. has played a central role in life in Saint-Imier, which has since become a watchmaking hub. The fate of Longines and the village of Saint-Imier has thus been closely interwoven. This long relationship has now been sealed by a collection of exceptional timepieces all fitted with mechanical movements: The Longines Saint-Imier Collection.

The shape of the case – inspired by a model dating from 1945 – is a common theme throughout the collection. The sleek lines and the distinctive lugs provide these new models with a subtle balance between classical and contemporary design. The Longines Saint-Imier Collection includes watches that show the hours, minutes, seconds and date, and chronographs, plus a prestige model featuring four retrograde functions as well as a day/night display and phases of the moon. All the models in this collection are fitted with mechanical movements whose intricate workings can be admired through the transparent sapphire back cover.
The versions that show the hours, minutes and seconds with a date aperture at 3 o’clock are available in steel, in steel and rose gold or in rose gold. With a choice of four case sizes (26 mm, 30 mm, 38.50 mm and 41 mm), including some set with diamonds. The choice of dials includes black, silvered or white mother-of-pearl with diamonds index and, thanks to the Super-LumiNova coating on the hands. The watches in this collection are fitted on a black or brown alligator strap, or a steel or steel and rose gold bracelet, with a folding safety clasp, to match the dial.
The chronographs are fitted with an L688.2 column-wheel movement specially developed and produced by ETA exclusively for Longines. The case is made of steel, steel and rose gold or, for certain models, rose gold alone, and is available in two diameter sizes: 39 mm and 41 mm.
The silvered or black dial shows the hours and minutes and has a small seconds at 9 o’clock and a date aperture as well as the chronograph functions: a centre sweep seconds, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. These chronographs are fitted on a black or brown alligator strap or on a steel or steel and rose gold bracelet, all having a folding safety clasp.
Finally, a prestige model embodies the quintessence of Longines’ watchmaking know-how. This timepiece, with a diameter of 44 mm, houses calibre L707, specially developed and produced by ETA exclusively for Longines. There is a choice of a black or silvered dial featuring 12 Arabic numerals and showing four retrograde functions (day of the week at 12 o’clock, date on the right-hand side of the dial, second time-zone with a 24-hour scale on the left-hand side of the dial and a small seconds at 6 o’clock) as well as day/night and the phases of the moon. These exclusive models are mounted on a black or brown alligator strap, or a steel bracelet to match the rest of the design, all with a folding safety clasp.

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection
Reference numbers
The Longines Saint-Imier Collection: steel models
L2.263.4.52/72.x : Ø 26 mm
L2.563.4.52/59/72/79.x: Ø 30 mm
L2.763.4.52/72.x : Ø 38,50 mm
L2.766.4.52/59/72/79.x: Ø 41 mm

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection: steel models with diamond-set case
L2.263.0.87.x: Ø 26 mm
L2.563.0.87.x: Ø 30 mm

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection: steel and rose gold models
L2.263.5.52/72.7: Ø 26 mm
L2.563.5.52/59/72/79.7: Ø 30 mm
L2.763.5.52/72.7: Ø 38,50 mm
L2.766.5.52/59/72/79.7: Ø 41 mm

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection: steel and rose gold models with diamond-set case
L2.263.5.87.7: Ø 26 mm
L2.563.5.87.7: Ø 30 mm

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection: rose gold models
L2.263.8.72.3: Ø 26 mm
L2.563.8.72/79.3: Ø 30 mm
L2.763.8.72.x: Ø 38,50 mm
L2.766.8.79.x: Ø 41 mm

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection: rose gold models with diamond-set case
L2.263.9.87.3: Ø 26 mm
L2.563.9.87.3: Ø 30 mm

Movement
Movement: Ø 26 mm et Ø 30 mm
Mechanical self-winding movement
Calibre L595 (ETA 2000/1)
8¾ lines, 20 jewels, 28'800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 40 hours

Movement: Ø 38,50 mm et Ø 41 mm

Mechanical self-winding movement
Calibre L619 (ETA 2892/A2)
11½ lines, 21 jewels, 28'800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve : 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date


Cases
Circular, steel: Ø 26 mm Ø 30 mm Ø 38,50 mm Ø 41 mm
Circular, steel and rose gold: Ø 26 mm Ø 30 mm Ø 38,50 mm Ø 41 mm
Circular, rose gold: Ø 26 mm Ø 30 mm Ø 38,50 mm Ø 41 mm

Circular, steel, with diamond-set case
- 60 diamonds, 0,174 carat, Top Wesselton VVS: Ø 26 mm
- 72 diamonds, 0,208 carat, Top Wesselton VVS: Ø 30 mm

Circular, steel and rose gold, with diamond-set case
- 60 diamonds, 0,174 carat, Top Wesselton VVS: Ø 26 mm
- 72 diamonds, 0,208 carat, Top Wesselton VVS: Ø 30 mm

Circular, rose gold, with diamond-set case
- 60 diamonds, 0,174 carat, Top Wesselton VVS: Ø 26 mm
- 72 diamonds, 0,208 carat, Top Wesselton VVS: Ø 30 mm

Transparent sapphire case back
Water-resistant: To 3 bar (30 meters)
Glass: Sapphire, anti-reflective

Dials
- Black, with 10 indices, Super-LumiNova and 1 Arabic numeral, dot minute circle
- Black, with 10 indices, Super-LumiNova and 1 Arabic numeral, railway-track minute circle
- Silvered, with 10 indices, Super-LumiNova and 1 Arabic numeral, dot minute circle
- Silvered, with 10 indices, Super-LumiNova and 1 Arabic numeral, railway-track minute circle
- White mother-of-pearl, 11 index diamonds
Date aperture at 3 o’clock
Hands: Rhodium plated or rose, hours and minutes hands coated with Super-LumiNova


Bracelet/Strap
Steel or steel and rose gold bracelet with folding safety clasp
Black, brown or white alligator strap with triple safety folding clasp


The Longines Saint-Imier Collection Retrograde Moon Phases
Reference number
L2.764.4.53/73.X

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement
Calibre L707 (ETA A07.L31)
16½ lines, 25 jewels, 28’800 vibration per hour
Power reserve : 48 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes
4 retrograde functions
Day, date, small seconds and 24-hour second time zone
Phases of the moon
Day and night

Case
Circular, steel, Ø 44 mm
Transparent sapphire case back
Water-resistant To 3 bar (30 meters)
Glass: Sapphire, anti-reflective

Dial
Silvered, 12 black Arabic Numerals
Black, 12 white Arabic Numerals
Hands: Rhodium-plated or blued steel with hours and minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova

Bracelet/Strap
Black or brown alligator strap with folding safety clasp
Steel bracelet with triple folding safety clasp

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection Chronograph
Reference numbers
The Longines Saint-Imier Collection in steel
L2.753.4.52/53/72/73.x : Ø 39 mm
L2.752.4.52/53/72/73.x : Ø 41 mm

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection in steel and rose gold
L2.753.5.52/72.7: Ø 39 mm
L2.752.5.52/72.7: Ø 41 mm

The Longines Saint-Imier Collection in rose gold
L2.753.8.72.x: Ø 39 mm
L2.752.8.72.x: Ø 41 mm

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism
Calibre L688 (ETA A08.L01)
13¼ lines, 27 jewels, 28'800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 54 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Chronograph
Central seconds sweep
Dragging 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Dragging 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock

Case
Circular, steel or steel and rose gold or rose gold
Transparent sapphire case back
Water-resistant : To 3 bar (30 meters)
Glass: Sapphire, anti-reflective

Dial
- Silvered, with 8 applied indices, Super-LumiNova and 1 Arabic numeral or with 9 Arabic numeral, Super-LumiNova
- Black, with 8 applied indices, Super-LumiNova and 1 Arabic numeral or with 9 Arabic numeral, Super LumiNova
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Date aperture at 4.30 o’clock
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Hands: Rhodium-plated or rose with Super-LumiNova (hours and minutes)

Bracelet/strap
Steel or steel and rose gold bracelet with folding safety clasp
Black or brown alligator strap with triple safety folding clasp

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