This year, Longines is celebrating its 185th anniversary, and is taking the opportunity to present its new Record collection. In the Saint-Imier company’s purest watchmaking tradition, these automatic models combine classic elegance and excellence, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand. And there is no shortage of arguments for these exceptional timepieces, whose movement includes a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties. A first for Longines, it is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), a designation awarded to all of the pieces in the Record collection.

It seems the destiny of some timepieces has already been mapped out. Through its new Record collection, Longines conveys its essence; one of timeless elegance and excellence. Qualities that are sure to raise these models to the rank of future success of the brand, as a link between tradition and innovation. A decidedly classic collection, which is expressive and emblematic of Longines’ watchmaking expertise.

Behind this ambitious profile, is an exceptional heart. This heart is the balance spring, the watch’s regulating organ. Coupled to the balance, it oscillates around its equilibrium position, ensuring its fundamental purpose: to beat with extreme regularity. Yet, between magnetism, temperature variations and wear and tear (many hundreds of millions of “breaths” per year), everything seems to be working against its smooth operation. For increased accuracy and longevity, Longines decided to add single-crystal silicon balance spirals to its best movements – a resistant and light material that is inoxidizable and unaffected by standard temperature variations, magnetic fields and atmospheric pressure. A high-tech heart housed in a timepiece created in the purest watchmaking tradition!

Above left: L2.821.4.11.6
This steel 40-mm diameter model from the Record collection displays a white matt dial with 12 painted roman numerals. Its L888.4 automatic movement includes a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties and is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). A stainless steel bracelet completes this exceptional piece.

Above right: L2.821.4.76.2
This steel 40-mm diameter model from the Record collection displays a sunray silver dial with 6 Arabic numerals and 6 triangular bar indexes. Its L888.4 automatic movement includes a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties and is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). A brown alligator strap completes this exceptional piece.

Such excellence deserves recognition. Based on their high accuracy, all of the Record collection’s models have received the COSC’s “chronometer” certificate. Equipped with automatic calibres, all of the pieces were tested one by one by this neutral independent organization, and can thus display the CHRONOMETER label stamped on their dial. Bestowed with significant added value, these certified “chronometers” achieve the status of authentic, exceptional timepieces.

Longines Ambassador of Elegance Eddie Peng is wearing a new model from the Record collection.

With four sizes (26, 30, 38.5 and 40 mm), the Record collection is designed for both women (7 dials) and men (6 dials). All of the models feature the 3 working hands/date version, with a steel case – and a diamond-set steel case on two dials, for women – fitted on a steel bracelet or alligator watch strap.

Above left: L2.321.0.87.6
This model from the Record collection displays a white mother-of-pearl dial with 13 diamonds indexes. Its steel 30-mm diameter case is set with diamonds. Its L592.4 automatic movement includes a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties and is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). A stainless steel bracelet completes this exceptional piece.

Above right: L2.321.4.72.2
This steel 30-mm diameter model from the Record collection displays a sunray silver dial with 12 bar indexes. Its L592.4 automatic movement includes a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties and is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). A brown alligator strap completes this exceptional piece.

Record Collection

Technical Sheet

 

References numbers

Stainless steel models

  •                                            L2.320.4.11/56/57/72/76/87/96.x            Ø 26.00 mm
  •                                            L2.321.4.11/56/57/72/76/87/96.x            Ø 30.00 mm
  •                                            L2.820.4.11/56/57/72/76/96.x                 Ø 38.50 mm
  •                                            L2.821.4.11/56/57/72/76/96.x                 Ø 40.00 mm

 

Diamond-set stainless steel models

  •                                            L2.320.0.57/87.x                                     Ø 26.00 mm
  •                                            L2.321.0.57/87.x                                     Ø 30.00 mm

 

Calibres

Ø 26.00 and Ø 30.00 mm models

  •                                            Mechanical self-winding movement
  •                                            Calibre L592.4 (ETA A20.L11) COSC certified
  •                                            8¾ lines, 22 jewels, 28’800 vibrations per hours
  •                                            Power reserve: 40 hours

 

Ø 38.50 and Ø 40.00 mm models

  •                                            Mechanical self-winding movement,
  •                                            Calibre L888.4 (ETA A31.L11) COSC certified
  •                                            11½ lines, 21 jewels, 25’200 vibrations per hours
  •                                            Power reserve: 64 hours

 

Functions                          Hours, minutes, seconds and date aperture at 3 o’clock

 

Cases

Round, Stainless Steel

Ø 26.00, Ø 30.00, Ø 38.50 and Ø 40.00 mm

Round, Diamond-set stainless steel

Ø 26.00, Ø 30.00 models

52 diamants, 0.405 carats Top Wesselton IF/VVS : Ø 26.00 mm

60 diamants, 0.504 carats Top Wesselton IF/VVS : Ø 30.00 mm

Transparent case back

Sapphire crystal with multi-layered anti-reflective coating

Water Resistance  

To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dials

Ø 26.00 mm Models
White mother-of-pearl, 12 diamonds indexes

White matt, 11 painted roman numerals

Black lacquered, 12 diamonds indexes

Sunray gradient black, 6 arabic numerals and 5 triangular bar indexes

Sunray Silver, 12 bar indexes

Sunray Silver, 6 arabic numerals and 5 Triangular bar indexes

Blue sunray, 6 arabic numerals and 5 triangular bar indexes

Ø 30.00 mm Models
White mother-of-pearl, 13 diamonds indexes

White matt, 12 painted roman numerals

Black lacquered, 13 diamonds indexes

Sunray gradient black, 6 arabic numerals and 6 triangular bar indexes

Sunray Silver, 12 bar indexes

Sunray Silver, 6 arabic numerals and 6 triangular bar indexes

Blue sunray, 6 arabic numerals and 6 triangular bar indexes

Ø 38.50 and Ø 40.00 mm Models
White matt, 12 painted roman numerals

Black lacquered, 13 diamonds indexes

Sunray gradient black, 6 arabic numerals and 6 triangular bar indexes

Sunray Silver, 12 bar indexes

Sunray Silver, 6 arabic numerals and 6 triangular bar indexes

Blue sunray, 6 arabic numerals and 6 triangular bar indexes

Hands

Blued steel or rhodium-plated

Straps

Black or brown alligator with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism

Stainless steel with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism

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