Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Longines Master Collection Retrograde in rose gold

In order to honour its 175th anniversary, Longines has launched last year a timepiece bearing witness to its rich horological heritage and constant striving for elegance: This year the enhanced model of The Longines Master Collection Retrograde is also proposed in a 18 carat rose gold version. These watches, enclosing an automatic mechanical calibre developed especially for Longines, become the flagship model of a collection devoted to highlighting the horological traditions of the brand.

Over  the  years,  Longines  has  dedicated  numerous  efforts  to  perfecting  the  mechanical measurement  of  time.  A  creator  of  horological  movements,  the  Saint-Imier-based  firm has nevertheless also assured  that a  touch of added  refinement always  forms a part of  its creations.  Longines  has  always  regarded  elegance  as  being  the  fundamental  underlying principle  in  both  the  arrangement  of  the  watch  calibre  and  in  the  aesthetics  of  the  final watch. Faithful  to  the 175  years of  its watchmaking  tradition, Longines has  today  realised a  synthesis  between  its  technical  and  aesthetic  heritage  in  the  creation  of  a  new  flagship timepiece representing its collection of horological tradition: The Longines Master Collection Retrograde.

Enclosing  an  ETA  calibre  specially  developed  and  made  exclusively  for  Longines,  The Longines  Master  Collection  Retrograde  forms  part  of  a  collection  of  sober,  elegant timepieces, the heir to the watchmaking past of the firm with the winged hourglass. Offering retrograde  functions  (day,  date,  seconds,  second  time  zone  on  a  24-hour  scale)  in  a movement with automatic rewinding, The Longines Master Collection Retrograde combines a mechanical horological complication with simple usage. Apart  from showing  the  time,  its functions include a display of the day, set at 12 o’clock, a calendar on the right of the dial, a second time zone on a 24-hour scale to the left and a subsidiary seconds hand at 6 o’clock. These four functions are retrograde: that is, the hands indicating the information instantly fly back to regain their starting position once they have reached the end of their travel. Dancing in harmony, the seven hands trace out a graceful ballet, making this timepiece a captivating article to own.

The  Longines  Master  Collection  Retrograde  stands  out  for  the  clarity  of  its  dial  and  is available in one version with the four retrograde functions (day, date, seconds, second time zone on a 24-hour scale), which are housed  in a stainless steel or  rose gold case with a  transparen sapphire cristal case back. This  reveals  the decorated movement and  the oscillating mass adorned with  the Longines  logo. Available  in 41mm or 44mm diameter sizes. The stainless steel model  can  be  supplied with  either  a  steel  bracelet  or  an  alligator-skin  strap  in  dark brown or black and triple folding clasp. The gold version of the watch is available with a dark brown alligator-skin strap. The Longines Master Collection Retrograde is also available in a version with power  reserve  indicator. This model  includes  three  retrograde  functions  (day, date, second time zone on a 24-hour scale).

Beyond  its pure design and care given  to  the  finish,  the elegance of  this watch  lies  in  the combination of polished indices, silvered dial with “barley-corn” decoration and blued hands, the  distinguishing  mark  of  the  traditional  horological  series  called  The  Longines  Master Collection.

Longines Master Collection Retrograde in rose gold
Longines Master Collection Retrograde back
Longines Master Collection RetrogradeLongines Master Collection Retrograde steel

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