The certainty that Longines chose in 1984 to quit creating their own developments and use ETA all things being equal, doesn’t mean they don’t have fascinating watches for ‘techies’. However long CEO Walter von Känel is ready, this won’t change ( as he advised us here ), he is zeroing in on reasonable standard looks for a huge crowd. For the more modest gathering that we have a place with, watch aficionados, they have their Heritage assortment where they snatch back to watches from their rich history (since 1832). Since Longines is essential for a similar gathering (Swatch) as ETA, they can get some selectiveness for their image. So not in-house, but rather restrictive developments made for Longines.
An illustration of this is the Longines L788 development that they grew along with ETA (being ETA’s caliber A08.L11) and utilized in their Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph just as some other mono-pusher pieces in the .
This Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece reference L2.7126.96.36.199 isn’t new to the assortment, yet subsequent to seeing two or multiple times in the tissue I chose to demand one for a survey. So right away, let’s get started.
Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph
The presentation of the L788 development was at that point in 2012 and in the then, Longines has utilized it in a few of their Heritage assortment watches.
This watch was presented two or three variations (ordinary carries, wire hauls, various dials, gold and steel) in 2012 with one restricted release, the rose gold rendition to commemorate the 180th commemoration of Longines in 2012. Restricted to 180 pieces just, obviously. Our companions from Hodinkee did a pleasant review on it .
The Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph I have before me, is maybe the most ladylike looking one, yet I surmise that it wasn’t especially created as a woman’s watch (despite the fact that ladies can unquestionably pull off it). The cleaned case and white lacquered dial make it seem as though a pocket watch with two welded wire hauls connected to the case, which was most likely how it was intended to look.
Let’s start with a touch of inconvenience first. The date window. Come on, who concocted this? It ruins the Roman VI and “breaks” the generally lovely clean dial an excessive lot. No one requirements a date at any rate, as you once check it on your iPhone or computer screen and you don’t fail to remember it for the remainder of the day. There is no utilization for a date, yet I think Longines likewise needs to keep the reasonable buyer’s ready for a date window, as they did with the Longines Legend Diver Date . For this situation however, I feel that keeping a date is surprisingly more terrible as the dial is a tremendous piece of the fascination of this watch where the Legend Diver can be considered more to be less as a ‘tool watch’ or jumpers watch.
The excellent blued hands and dazzling imprinting on the dial is only that as I would like to think. Dazzling. The exemplary looking slim hands have precisely the right length, something that appears to be just consistent yet a few brands actually accomplish to appropriately wreck this. The Roman XII is imprinted in brilliant red. All that is to be noticed through the sapphire precious stone with a few layers of AR coating.
On the privilege of the case, you will see just a crown. This is a mono-pusher piece, so there is just one little catch to use to enact and stop the chronograph component. It is really, the principle fascination of the Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph.
As you can see on the pictures over, this is a vigorously vintage motivated watch. I couldn’t find ‘an original’ piece of this specific model, however I additionally need to say that I don’t have an exceptionally complete library on Longines. My suspicion would be that there is a comparative piece from the 1910’s or 1920’s with a comparative appearance. Longines has a rich history with regards to chronograph watches, the type 13ZN maybe the most acclaimed and sought-after one. Numerous authorities long for a Longines 13ZN and costs for watches with that development are very genuine, yet Longines has no designs to do a recovery or modify of that development. They rather ‘remember’ those days with pieces like this Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph.
This watch has a tempered steel, cleaned, case and measures 40mm. So it is a not a colossal watch, but rather likely greater than their chronographs of many years prior. 40mm additionally makes it reasonable for women to watch, despite the fact that it is a significant thick watch as you can see.
A pleasant earthy colored crocodile tie has been appended to the wire carries and you need to close it with a pin clasp. I’m an enthusiast of those to be straightforward and favor it over a collapsing catch. You may have an alternate assessment on comfort and security of course.
Longines evaluated it water impervious to 3 bar (~30 meters) however I can’t envision you need to have it close to water regardless. It ought to be verification for an infrequent sprinkle of water, yet don’t use it in the shower or in the pool. Don’t do that in any case with a watch on a gator tie. The way that a gator does well in water, doesn’t mean your tie will.
Longines’ type 788(.2) development is noticeable through the sapphire case back. The hardened steel a piece of the case back gives a heap on data to the proprietor. Some is valuable, however it for the most part isn’t. It is a numbered release for the 180th commemoration of Longines (not restricted) and it has a portion of the markings for being a Swiss Made, water safe, sapphire precious stone, hardened steel watch. Markings that might have been skirted as I would like to think, all things considered of no significance. Different inscriptions are very decent obviously, with the model name on there as the dial doesn’t have this (luckily).
Once you’ve read all that data, investigate the development. The section wheel is blued and the remainder of the development has a pleasant optical completion. At the point when you press the catch to begin, stop or reset the chronograph, everything activity can be observer on the two sides of the watch. The dial giving you all the fundamental data on the passed time, the development showing you some miniature designing coming to life. This ETA selective for Longines has a force save of 54 hours and ticks at 28,800 vph.
Who is this watch for? Indeed, my conjecture is that perfectionists will leave this watch for what it is and search for something vintage. There are a ton of vintage Longines chronographs available and they are – as composed above – very pursued. Those watches come at a distinction cost also. I’ve found a gold mono-pusher chronograph on that has a totally different sticker price (gold, true).
Those who don’t need to pay for these collector’s things or don’t need to get scorched by conceivable frankenwatches but simply need to have a strong current piece that will run inconvenience free for quite a long time to come, will be in an ideal situation burning through 4110 Euro (counting VAT) for this new Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph or one of its siblings and sisters from the Longines Heritage collection.
For my own taste, this white lacquered dial rendition with wire carries was all in all too ladylike and somewhat go for the adaptations with straight (typical) hauls. However, this may be an ideal watch for you in the event that you can manage that, or for your significant other or girlfriend.
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