This year, Longines launched the new Record series to celebrate the 185th anniversary of the brand. This series inherits the pure watchmaking tradition from Somia in Switzerland, is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement, and combines classic and elegant design with superior quality. It aims to become the iconic masterpiece of Longines. The Record series has attracted much attention due to the use of single crystal silicon hairsprings in the movement. For Longines, this is also the first watch series to be certified by the Swiss Astronomical Observatory (COSC).
The Record collection combines classic elegant design with superior quality, which reflects the essence of Longines watchmaking technology. Continuing tradition and persisting in innovation, the Record series interprets Longines’ pure watchmaking expertise, and also embodies the brand’s expectations for future development.
The superior quality of the Longines Record series benefits from the core component it uses-the hairspring. The balance spring and the balance wheel component cooperate to vibrate back and forth around the equilibrium position, and must maintain an extremely stable oscillation cycle. However, factors such as magnetic fields, temperature changes, and wear due to hundreds of millions of movements per year can affect the smooth running of the hairspring. In order to improve accuracy and extend life, Longines decided to add a single crystal silicon spring to a high-quality movement. Lightweight single crystal silicon is not oxidizable, so it can avoid the effects of standard temperature fluctuations, magnetic fields, and atmospheric pressure. This technology is the core of creating a masterpiece of wrist and continuing the tradition of pure watchmaking.
The superb craftsmanship is worthy of recognition. With high precision, all models of the Longines Record series have been awarded the ‘Precision Chronometer’ certification by the Swiss Observatory. All self-winding mechanical movements that have been certified by the Observatory are required to pass the individual inspection of the Swiss Observatory, an independent agency. The observatory certification on the watch also marks a pure and extraordinary quality.
The Record series can be divided into four different sizes: 26mm, 30mm, 38.5mm, and 40mm. There are six styles for men and seven styles for women. All models are equipped with a three-handed dial and a date display. In addition to the two ladies watches with stainless steel case, the other models use a stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet or alligator leather strap