Recently Longines launched new Moonphase watches as part of the Master Collection. Make no mistake, Longines produces high-quality watches. Exactly this time last year I was in Rome covering the launch of the Longines VHP GMT, and while there each of the journalists at the event was given a watch from various Longines collections to wear throughout the trip (a fairly common practice during press junkets).
I was given a watch from the Elegant collection, a simple but undoubtedly elegant bimetallic three-hander with date. I was legitimately taken aback at how much I liked the simplicity and refinement of the watch, and there was a definite reluctance to hand the watch back at the end of the trip. I went away from the experience regarding Longines with a new level of respect.
THE LONGINES MASTER COLLECTION MOONPHASE
40mm version with diamond indexes
Back to the Longines Master Collection Moonphase series, and once again it perfectly embodies the values of excellence and elegance that was noted on the aforementioned Rome trip. Longines being part of the Swatch Group the brand has the backing and ability to deliver real value and quality which is why generally Longines is one of the Swatch Group’s best-performing brands, and in some parts of the world, it’s their best performing brand.
Blue sunray with applied indexes
A moon phase watch literally traces the monthly cycle of the moon. A “moon phase” is the bright area of the moon visible to us as it travels around the earth. The movement of the Earth and the moon’s position relative to us means that we constantly see a different view. From new moon to full moon and back again is 29 and a half days. The purpose of a moon phase watch complication is to show the current phase of the moon as we observe it in the sky.
Silvered Barleycorn on stainless steel bracelet
All models in this new moon phase line up are powered by the new L899 caliber mechanical movement. This is a moon phase movement developed especially for the collection with an ETA A31.L91 base. It’s self-winding with central seconds, date and of course, moon phase with a 64-hour power reserve. The moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock is surrounded by an Arabic numeral date ring and features a hand which points to the current day.
The watch is available in two sizes, 40 and 42 mm and comes in your choice of dials: black barleycorn with painted Roman numerals, silvered barleycorn with painted Arabic numerals or blue sunray with applied indexes. There is also a 40mm version on offer with diamond indexes. Because Longines is more about soothing the senses rather than shocking, these new pieces offer classic timeless design, a watch you could wear now, but equally could have worn 30 or 40 years ago.
The new models of The Longines Master Collection Moonphase are offered with either a stainless-steel bracelet or a black, brown or blue strap to match the different dial colors.
Price for the new collection is US$2,350.