Longines Les Elégantes de Longines 2008

Heirs of a tradition in which style and refinement have been primordial, Les Elégantes de Longines epitomize the tremendously fruitful period of the Roaring Twenties. The 2008 collection harmonises shapes, proportions, volumes, and mechanism, reinvigorating the splendours of a daring era and making them exceptionally feminine.

The 7th and limited edition of Les Elégantes de Longines draws its inspiration from historical Longines models dating from 1917 and 1918. Mining the artistic riches of the early 20th century, the trio of watches revisits the enchanting Art Deco influence of the Roaring Twenties with a charm as dazzling as it is irresistible.

Combining the talents of watchmakers, jewellers, and goldsmiths, the pieces presented this year stand out through the harmonious reinterpretation of their architecture. The three elegant models are available in stylised rectangle, oval, or tonneau shapes, which echo the Art Deco movement and continue Longines’ illustrious history as a pioneer in designing and making specially shaped watches since the 1910s.

Set in 18 carat white gold, the gemstones emphasize the pure lines of the case of each model, with the 0.456 to 0.529 carat twinkling under the sparkling brilliance of 48 to 64 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds. Entirely engraved by hand, flower-shaped designs exquisitely ornament the case, paying homage to the style of the early 20th century. Both the delicate calligraphy of the Arabic numerals and the geometric rigour of the Roman numerals marry naturally with the contours of the luminous rhodium-plated dial. While the blued hands circle around the minute track dial, the immaculate white satin strap with buckle angelically wraps around the wrist like a ribbon.

To complete the charm of the collection, a hand-wound manufactured mechanical movement dating from the 1970s keeps time at 21,600 vibrations per hour. The Longines L805 calibre with its 28-hour power reserve exemplifies the heritage and craftsmanship of the brand.

Each of the three Les Elégantes de Longines models comes in a limited edition of 20 pieces.

Reference number L2.222.7.73.2: Reproduction of a Longines jewelry watch originally produced in 1918 Limited edition of 20 pieces

Movement
Longines proprietary hand-wound mechanical movement dating from the 1970s, caliber L805, 5¾ lines, 18 jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 28 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
Tonneau, 18K white gold
48 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds, 0.511 carat
Case and case back decoration engraved by hand
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

Dial
Rhodium-plated, 12 Arabic numerals and double minute track black painted
Hands : Blued steel

Strap
White satin with standard buckle

Reference number L2.223.7.71.2: Reproduction of a Longines jewelry watch originally produced in 1917 Limited edition of 20 pieces

Movement
Longines proprietary hand-wound mechanical movement dating from the 1970s, caliber L805, 5¾lines, 18 jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 28 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
Rectangular, 18K white gold
64 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds, 0.456 carat
Case and case back decoration engraved by hand
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

Dial
Rhodium-plated, 12 Roman numerals and double minute track black painted
Hands : Blued steel

Strap
White satin with standard buckle

Reference number L2.224.7.73.2: Reproduction of a Longines jewelry watch originally produced in 1918 Limited edition of 20 pieces

Movement
Longines proprietary hand-wound mechanical movement dating from the 1970s, caliber L805, 5¾ lines, 18 jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 28 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
Oval, 18K white gold
62 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds, 0.529 carat
Case and case back decoration engraved by hand
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

Dial
Rhodium-plated, 12 Arabic numerals and double minute track black painted
Hands : Blued steel

Strap
White satin with standard buckle

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