You have probably seen (and if you are like me, drooled over) the new Longines Heritage 1945. However, Longines has released a number of attractive, cool, and relatively affordable timepieces this year at Baselworld. In addition to the 1945 and the Heritage Flagship there is the Record Collection – a simple selection of steel watches available in four sizes with a variety of dials. The most impressive thing about this collection is that it is the first Longines collection that is entirely COSC-certified.
The Longines Record is available in four sizes, 26mm, 30mm, 38.5mm, and 40mm. For today we will discuss the 38.5mm and 40mm versions, both of which are made in steel and have the classic vintage calatrava shape that we know and love. You can choose between a steel bracelet or leather strap as well as from a selection of six dials to get lots of different combinations. There is a white matte dial with Roman numerals, a black lacquered with diamonds indexes, black, blue and silvered dials with Arabic numerals on the even numbers, and finally a silvered dial with bar indexes. Unlike the Heritage 1945 and the Flagship, there is a date window at three o’clock.
The coolest thing about these watches are that they are powered by the caliber L888.4 (ETA A31.L11), which is manufactured but ETA. However, it should be noted that the movement is produced exclusively for Longines and the movements are all COSC-certified (including the ladies’ caliber L592.4 a.k.a. ETA A20.L11).
This is incredibly impressive for an entire collection from Longines and shows that the brand is serious about creating reliable and accurate timepieces at approachable prices. These watches start at 1,990 CHF (approximately $2,000 at time of publishing), which is really great for a simple time and date chronometer in steel.
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