Longines Les Elégantes de Longines 2009

The 1920s were marked by an aesthetic revolution as well as a revolution for women, who were breaking down the barriers of convention and taking control of their own destiny.

The early years of the 20th century also saw an important development in the more discreet world of watchmaking. The advent of the wrist-watch and the development of ever smaller and more reliable movements enabled the watchmakers of the period to use their creative talents to the full. Having until then been hidden away in a pocket, the watch now adorned the man’s wrist. It was not long, however, before Longines’ craftsmen were concentrating their watchmaking know-how on models for the finer wrists of women, bringing a new horological aspect to Art Deco that exuded elegance and charm.

With their shaped cases in white gold and decorative settings of precious stones, the jewellery watches created by Longines in the early decades of the 20th century were a true adventure into the exuberant aesthetics of the period and were immediately popular among female customers.

In 2002 Longines decided to give a new lease of life to the forgotten beauty of the 1920s. Creations dating from that period were re-examined and modernised versions were designed. The Les Elégantes de Longines collection was born, to the delight of collectors and lovers of exceptional objects. Since then each spring has seen the addition of new models that embody the delicacy and fineness of the Art Deco spirit to this collection of timeless designs.

This year sees oval, rectangular and almond-shaped, stylised silhouettes of the Three Graces. The 18 carat white gold cases whose entire sides have been hand-decorated with Art Deco motifs, are set with between 42 and 72 Top Wesselton WS diamonds.

Delicate Roman numerals grace the silvered dial with blued hands and a railway-track minute ring completes the elegant aesthetic.

True to its tradition, Longines has equipped this precious collection with an authentic hand-made and hand-wound movement dating from the 1970s. The Longines L805 calibre has 17 jewels and beats at 21,600 vibrations per minute. As is customary, production has been limited to only 20 examples of each of these three exquisite models.

Technical details

Les Elégantes de Longines 2009

Reference number: L2.226.7.73.2Reproduction of a Longines jewelry watch originally produced in 1928, limited edition of 20 pieces

Movement
Longines proprietary hand-wound mechanical movement dating from the 1970s, caliber L805, 5¾ lines, 17 jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 28 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
Tonneau, 18K white gold
42 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds, 0.569 carat
Case and case back decoration engraved by hand
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

Dial
Silvered
12 Arabic numerals and double minute track black painted
Hands : Blued steel

Strap
White satin with standard buckle

Reference number L2.227.7.73.2: Reproduction of a Longines jewelry watch originally produced in 1928, limited edition of 20 pieces

Movement
Longines proprietary hand-wound mechanical movement dating from the 1970s, caliber L805, 5¾ lines, 17 jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 28 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
Oval, 18K white gold
56 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds, 0.448 carat
Case and case back decoration engraved by hand
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

Dial
Silvered
12 Arabic numerals and double minute track black painted
Hands: Blued steel

Strap
White satin with standard buckle

Reference number L2.228.7.73.2: Reproduction of a Longines jewelry watch originally produced in 1931, limited edition of 20 pieces

Movement
Longines proprietary hand-wound mechanical movement dating from the 1970s, caliber L805, 5¾ lines, 17 jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 28 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
Rectangular, 18K white gold
72 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds, 0.992 carat
Case and case back decoration engraved by hand
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

Dial
Silvered
12 Arabic numerals and double minute track black painted
Hands : Black

Strap
White satin with standard buckle

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