A First From Longines —

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— Longines may be renowned for its el­e­gant dress watches in the Record Col­lec­tion, the hy­per-ac­cu­racy of its Con­quest V.H.P. line-up, and its dive watch styling, both vin­tage and mod­ern, in the Leg­end Diver and Hy­dro­con­quest se­ries, but one of its most rec­og­nized at­tributes is the brand’s abil­ity to pro­duce good-look­ing time­pieces with prac­ti­cal com­pli­ca­tions for ac­ces­si­ble prices. is year, the Sain­timier-based mar­que in­tro­duced an An­nual Cal­en­dar within its Mas­ter Col­lec­tion that checks off all those boxes and more. Since the Mas­ter Col­lec­tion made its de­but in 2005, it could be con­sid­ered the flag­ship of con­tem­po­rary Longines. In the past, this has been the home for a va­ri­ety of mod­els in­clud­ing clas­si­cally de­signed chrono­graphs, ret­ro­grade styles, per­pet­ual cal­en­dars and moon-phase watches but this is the first time an an­nual cal­en­dar has been added to the mix; in fact, this is the first time Longines has ever in­tro­duced an an­nual cal­en­dar in its 186-year-old his­tory. Fea­tur­ing a 40-mm stain­less-steel case, the watch is iden­ti­fi­able thanks to its dial with a stamped bar­l­ey­corn mo­tif and the date and month at 3 o’clock.

There are four dif­fer­ent ver­sions avail­able: two with a sil­ver-fin­ished dial and ei­ther Ara­bic nu­mer­als or di­a­mond in­dexes, one with a black dial and Ro­man nu­mer­als and a sin­gle model with a sun­ray blue dial. The hands are ei­ther made from blued steel or are rhodium plated. Inside the watch is Cal­iber L897.2 (base ETA A31.L81) that is view­able through the ex­hi­bi­tion case­back and has a 64-hour power re­serve. It comes on ei­ther a stain­less-steel bracelet or a black, brown or blue al­li­ga­tor leather strap with a triple-safety fold­ing clasp. This be­ing an an­nual cal­en­dar, the com­pli­ca­tion will in­tu­itively dis­play the cor­rect date and month of any month with 30 or 31 days (Fe­bru­ary re­quires man­ual ad­just­ment). While this kind of up­date is some­what par for the course for Longines, as there might not be an­other Swiss watch brand cur­rently of­fer­ing a higher de­gree of qual­ity to value, it’s still a re­mark­able achieve­ment and a note­wor­thy ad­di­tion to one of the brand’s broader col­lec­tions. The Longines Mas­ter Col­lec­tion An­nual Cal­en­dar is priced at $2,425 and might just be the most af­ford­able an­nual cal­en­dar on the mar­ket to­day.

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