Longines has created a brand new household of watches with the easy identify of 1832. Up until now, there was solely a three-hands and date within the assortment, however right now we have now a brand new mannequin that I consider goes to achieve success: the Longines 1832 Moon Part. The quantity corresponds to the yr of Longines’ basis, and we have now to be grateful for the transient identify – everyone knows the Swiss tendency to provide watches unending names (for example). Regardless of the identify, the 2 fashions on this new assortment usually are not recreations of historic fashions and even fashions from the primary half of the final century; that’s the job of the Heritage assortment.
On this case, we’re taking a look at fashions with a contact of 1950s and 1960s design inspiration. It’s true that contained in the Heritage household, there are watches with this inspiration, however I perceive Longines’ concept is to keep away from a hotchpotch of types that in the long run solely creates confusion.
Conventional seems with a up to date feeling
It’s clear that the Longines 1832 Moon Part has a classic spirit however its dimensions are modern and can get it observed. Its polished case is 40mm in diameter and the lugs are straight and lengthy. Though they’re faceted to make them extra elegant, they’re conspicuous and may not work on all wrists. Does that make it uncomfortable? Regardless of my reticence once I noticed the piece, it shocked me how simply it wears (my wrist is 18.5 cm in dimension). So strategy it with out prejudice. By the way in which, I noticed the watch at an off-the-cuff presentation, so I couldn’t measure the space between lugs.
The faceted and utilized indexes are simply the correct size to underline the purity of the dial, which appears practically white when hit by the sunshine. It’s in truth silver, with a fantastic graining that makes it extra elegant. The moon-phase sub-dial is in a traditional place at 6 o’clock with a date disc at its border finishing the performance of the watch.
So as to add refinement, the Longines 1832 Moon Part marks each minute with a cultured cone, though every a number of of 5 is marked by a Tremendous-LumiNova dot that matches the pigment on the dauphine arms. Due to the retro inspiration, Longines may have completed with out the lume, so we’re grateful that it was added.
As could be very typically the case, Longines has requested ETA to supply a calibre for its unique use. It’s known as L899.2, and it’s a far cheaper approach to have one thing on a par with an in-house motion. The corporate is adamant about being known as a manufacturing facility, not manufacture and as such, nobody would have complained if the calibre had been sourced from an current ETA mannequin. On this means, the watch rises a step above different industrial manufacturers of the Swatch Group (and the rivals too).
The one exact information we have now up to now concerning the calibre is that it has an influence reserve of 64 hours, which leads me to suppose it’s a variation of the L888 we have now seen, for example, within the new – and funky – HydroConquest, which you’ll see right here dwell. On this occasion, then we have now a stability wheel that runs at 25,200 alt/hour. The L899.2 is well-decorated with a snailed end on the mainplate, round graining on the bridges and an oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève and the emblem of the model lower out within the centre.
Availability and worth
Relying on the nation, the Longines 1832 Moon Part ought to already be within the outlets – or simply about to reach. Following the announcement of a watch, it’s an excellent coverage for a model to comply with by way of with a watch available on the market. That’s a primary precept of gross sales planning, a lesson most firm managers appear to have missed.
The Longines 1832 Moon Part comes with a brown alligator strap and metal buckle, and a worth within the neighbourhood of EUR 2,000. There shall be a quartz model with a 34mm case and a worth of EUR 1,260. I’m fairly positive the 1832 Assortment will fare properly out there. For extra info, please go to www.longines.com.
All pictures by Santiago Tejedor – horasyminutos.com