When you go in search of a new watch, you’ve probably already got quite a clear idea on what you want. If you don’t know exactly what you want, you will most certainly know what you don’t want. And if you do know what you want, it’s likely that factors such as brand, accuracy and style have already been carefully considered. Every now and again, a watch like the Longines Record will come along and hit the spot in such a way that neither one of those three factors need be more important than the other. Accuracy is a given, seen as the manufacturer is widely associated with Swiss luxury of the very highest calibre, and its style merges the lines between something smart and something casual – nothing too fancy, yet nothing unforgettable. The Longines Record watch collection is a hat-trick in the luxury watch industry. The new line of watches marks the birth of the company’s first collection of COSC certified timepieces, as well as a whole lot more.
No matter how beautiful a watch is, its ability to keep accurate time will matter today, it will matter tomorrow, and it will matter in ten years time. If the watch is unreliable, you won’t be wearing it on a daily basis, but if you’re spending your hard earned cash – you are going to want to wear it every day. The L888.4 calibre is an ETA movement made exclusive to Longines. It has been certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres and is used as the engine for the Longines Record 40mm watch collection. The self winding mechanical movement offers a 64 hour power reserve. If you’re just working that out – that’s almost three days, making it a great option to take away on vacation with you. Take it off and put it back on after a splash in the pool or a day at the beach – you won’t have to worry about it losing time. You could probably go as far as to say that the movement in this watch operates as beautifully as it looks. Complete with Cotes de Geneve and an application of perlage, the single-crystal silicon balance spring can be admired through the rear of the case, thanks to a lens crafted from sapphire crystal glass.
Aesthetically, the Longines Record watch is a winner no matter what your preference in colour is. Despite the different finishes and sizes available, the 40mm black dial is by far the most fetching. The sunray black display acts as the perfect backdrop for a set of sword-shaped central hands. The choice from Longines to equip the dial with a mixture of Arabic numerals and triangular shaped batons is a wise one, seen as these work well to counteract some of the simpler elements seen in the design. The date aperture is clear and legible, and the Longines motif adds a nice balance of detailing to the face. Depending on how light falls on the watch, the black sunray effect dial adds a shimmer here and there. The polished 40mm stainless steel bezel is a comfortable size for the male wrist, especially seen as the link bracelet adds a bold stealth to the design.
For a timepiece that is as modest as it is versatile, the Longines Record watch seems to work well as a dress watch, a work watch and a daily companion. First and foremost it tells the time, secondly – it does so accurately. Thirdly – the watch is a true statement piece – the distinct Longines style and eye-catching winged hourglass motif add status to the wrist wherever the gent so wishes to wear it. Lastly – the watch is timeless. Its style is somewhere in between traditional and modern, so it wears well on the wrist whether worn with a smart dinner jacket or a new pair of jeans.