Longines Record Collection: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Melissa Kong
The Longines watch Eddie Peng wears.
Catch your breath, people. We know there are all sorts of gorgeousness in this picture. For one, the stunning model (the timepiece, that is) you see here is a ticker from Longines’ new Record collection—a range of automatic watches primed for all occasions. It’s basically that all-rounder in class—smart and good-looking; the one everybody has eyes for.
Why is it so envy-inducing though? For starters, this is the first collection Longines is rolling out that’s entirely COSC-certified, with each timepiece tested individually. That’s a pretty big deal and it also means whether you get the handsome 40mm version (above) or the dainty diamond-set 26mm option, your watch is going to be really accurate.
Now you’d think accuracy was a given in all timepieces right? Because what’s the point of getting a watch if it doesn’t keep accurate time? However, due to the complexity of the moving parts, stored energy and variable torque that come together to drive a mechanical watch, accuracy is sometimes affected. This is also why quartz watches are, by and large, more precise than mechanical watches. In fact, Longines has its own quartz powerhouse you can read about here.
In addition to the COSC-certification which guarantees a daily deviation of no more than -4/+6 seconds, the watches are also equipped with a single-crystal silicon balance spring to ensure the movement beats with extreme regularity and for a longer period of time. Single-crystal silicon, or monocrystalline silicon, is a light material that’s resistant, impervious to magnetic fields, and unaffected by temperature fluctuations or atmospheric pressure. It’s also inoxidisable and incredibly long-lasting.
While the movement is visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, what really caught our eye (ironically) was the minimalism of the dial. No fancy fonts or materials; just simple baton or Roman numeral indexes. Other versions come with alternating baton and Arabic numerals. Even the most elaborate ladies’ gem-set versions are restrained, with mother-of-pearl dial and subtle diamond indexes.
The timepieces come in four sizes—26mm, 30mm, 38.5mm and 40mm—and are available in either alligator leather straps or stainless steel bracelets. Starting at S$2,930 for the ladies and S$3,160 for the gents, the Record collection is a great value proposition, considering you’re getting a COSC-certified chronometer.
Whether you’re investing in your first mechanical timepiece or adding to your collection, these pieces would make a stunning addition. Pity they don’t come with Eddie Peng though.
|26mm, 30mm, 38.5mm, 40mm in stainless steel|
|Seven options including mother-of-pearl, matte and sunray finishing|
|Self-winding Calibre L592.4 (26mm and 30mm), Calibre L888.4 (38.5mm and 40mm)|
|Stainless steel or alligator leather|
|Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
40 hours (26mm and 30mm), 64 hours (38.5mm and 40mm)
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Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".