Longines Record Watch Collection Hands-On

Longines Record Watch Collection Hands-On

Chronometric execution is a subject we regularly don’t discuss with regards to new watches. Generally, we are just centered around the feel and we disclose to ourselves that in the event that we truly need to know the exact time, we should adhere to quartz watches or our telephones (or smartwatches). That might be valid, however I positively will not have any desire to be wearing a watch, regardless of how delightful it is, if it’s questionable with exactness. Therefore, I have a weakness for watches that are chronometer-guaranteed and one of the huge new deliveries from Longines this year at Baselworld is the presentation of their first all COSC-ensured collection called the Longines Record.

All pictures by James Stacey

It is no mystery at this point that the Swiss watch industry is in somewhat of a pickle. After an all-inclusive time of huge development, sends out have fallen impressively in the course of the last two or so years. Watch brands are responding to this in two principle ways: a) give watch darlings and gatherers what they need and b) offer more an incentive for their cash. Watch lovers today love vintage-enlivened watches, and subsequently, Longines has given us ongoing hits like the Heritage 60th Anniversary watch and the Pulsometer chronograph . These two watches are great representations of tuning in to purchasers and giving them what they want.


On the other hand, the new Longines Record collection is an illustration of offering all the more value for the money. As most perusers would know, getting accreditation from COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) costs cash and that adds to the general cost of the watch. In any case, the beneficial thing about a COSC confirmation is that it is an assurance that the watch will run precisely. On the off chance that you have failed to remember, to get COSC accreditation, the development inside should meet a normal day by day pace of between – 4 to +6 seconds per day. It should likewise meet standards in different estimations, for example, mean variety in rate, most noteworthy variety in rate, and rate variety because of temperature changes. Long story short, COSC certificate guarantees that you have a watch that will not make you run late for your appointments.

The Longines Record collection is accessible in four sizes and in a wide range of dials. The four sizes accessible are 40mm, 38.5mm, 30mm, and 26mm, so there is something for everybody. The cases are completely made out of tempered steel, have generally cleaned surfaces, and have a work of art, exquisite plan. It is without a doubt a dressy piece. The cases are generally water impervious to 30m and have sapphire presentation casebacks for proprietors to appreciate the movement.

The bigger 40mm and 38.5mm models are controlled by the Caliber L888.4 (ETA A31.L11), while the more modest 30mm and 26mm models are fueled by the Longines Caliber L592.4 (ETA A20.L11). These developments are completely made by ETA (however select to Longines) and shipped off COSC for chronometer accreditation. It runs at 25,200vph and it has a force save of 64 hours – almost three days. They are additionally modestly gotten done with a liberal use of perlage and a rotor that has Côtes de Genève and the skeletonized “wings” logo of Longines.


We didn’t figure out how to get our hands on the entirety of the watches in the Record collection, however we figured out how to a few them in 40mm, 38.5mm, and 30mm size. You can get the 40mm and 38.5mm Record watches with either a steel wristband or a gator tie. There are six dial choices to browse and they are as follows:

  • White matte with Roman numerals
  • Black lacquered with precious stone indices
  • Sunray inclination dark with a combination of Arabic numerals and three-sided bar indices
  • Sunray silver with mallet indices
  • Sunray silver with a combination of Arabic and three-sided bar indices
  • Blue sunray with a combination of Arabic and three-sided bar indices

We had the chance to see the white matte one just as the silver one with a combination of Arabic and three-sided bar files, and they are quite sweet. The silver dial variation has a perfect sunray finish and the sword formed hands, which are rhodium plated, are all around estimated and exceptionally decipherable. The choice to go with a combination of both Arabic numerals and three-sided bar records is a decent one as it keeps the dial from looking excessively sterile. Longines has additionally cunningly chosen to give the dial negligible content, with just the Longines brand and logo at 12 o’clock and a straightforward “Programmed Chronometer” at 6 o’clock. My lone complaint is that the date wheel ought to be in silver to coordinate the dial.

The rendition with the matte white dial and Roman numeral hour files is pleasant as well. It looks substantially more detailed than the silver dial form, likely because of the huge Roman numerals. This rendition of the Longines Record additionally has sword formed hands, however as opposed to being rhodium-plated, they are blued steel. Subsequently, they give a brilliant differentiation against the unadulterated white dial. The blued steel hands are actually the feature of the watch as they change tone contingent upon how light falls on them. They can show up as splendid blue one second and practically dark the following. Something else to note is that on this form, the shade of the date window coordinates that of the dial impeccably, which, to my eyes at any rate, looks more agreeable. The steel arm band has a blend of glossy silk and mirror cleaning and is comfortable on the wrist.

We found the opportunity to deal with the more modest 30mm Longines Record as well. The 30mm and 26mm variations were intended for ladies and have 8 diverse dial variations to browse. On top of the six that I referenced over, the 30mm and 28mm models likewise have an extra white mother-of-pearl dial with precious stone records. The 30mm and 28mm additionally have case variations that come set with diamonds.

The 30mm Record watch we took care of was the variation with a sunray silver dial with cudgel files. Clearly, it wears much more modest, however it likewise appeared to be somewhat disproportional as I discovered the case to be excessively thick comparative with the width of the case. All things considered, the choice by Longines to offer a 30mm (and 26mm) mechanical chronometer-ensured watch for women is worth applauding.

Overall, I found the 38mm form of the Longines Record with the silver dial with Arabic and three-sided bar lists to be the most lovely. The size of the case, its thickness, and the dial look perfectly to me. It is neither too unimposing nor too enormous, and the dial has the perfect measure of stuff with the end goal that it neither looks excessively dull or too cluttered.

Having said that, the remainder of the Record collection watches are truly agreeable as well. In any case, more significantly, it is urging to see Longines offer mindfully planned watches considering chronometric execution. Considerably more great maybe is that they have more modest variations that were planned in view of ladies. The non-jewel Longines Record collection goes from $1,875-$2,025 (diamond models start from $2,375 and go to $4,375) from and they are certainly worth looking at on the off chance that you love or are searching for a dressier sort of watch. longines.com