I've taken a long hiatus and haven't posted regularly for quite some time, but this blog's coming back. It'll be less focused on information and I'll throw in my opinions more. Time to get back into writing articles that'll hopefully be fun and easy to read.
Longines has always placed an emphasis on performance/price balance when it comes to the Master Collection, this year they've added another new watch, the Master Collection Annual Calendar. The company's "Flagship" collection, as Longines calls it, was launched in 2005 and since then, the Master Collection has never seen a watch with an annual calendar complication. In fact, Longines had yet to release a watch in any collection with this feature. Seeking to add a watch that would be able to target buyers looking for either the added convenience of not needing to worry about changing the date on a month without 31, 3o, or even 28 days, or those looking for an entry-level watch with features beyond the time and date, Longines released these classically-inspired timepieces at Baselworld 2018.
You can find everything you might want to know by heading over to Longines' website's official page for this watch.
Forging onward with a new take on what is possibly my favorite Longines model, the Legend Diver has been released in Black PVD this year. It retains essentially every feature from the original, but for anyone that needs a refresher here are the basics.
If I'm being honest I think the Legend Diver with the steel case might be more versatile in terms of straps it can be worn on, but a nice brown or dark brown leather strap would work damn well with this watch, so long as the wearer didn't intend on swimming that day. Although they're excessively comfortable, I'm not a big fan of Milanese straps. I think this watch overall looks good, but for me personally, and although there are many people who like black-on-black or blackout watches, were it not for the dial this watch would have too little variation. I'd absolutely buy this watch with every intention of throwing it onto a leather strap if I had the option though are just not my style.
Many companies have looked back at past designs and re-created the watches with enhanced features and technology. The new Longines Flagship celebrates the 60th anniversary of the company's first Flagship collection. It is inspired by a watch supposedly kept in the company headquarters, though I'm sure people will find this watch far more advanced than the 1957 version. Though one cannot see the change, the new watch's movement is a caliber L609 (a modified ETA 2892). Although still small for today (the days of 50mm+ watches), the new 60th anniversary watch has a larger case than the original, yet it is still 38.5mm in diameter. To finish the watch off, the case back has the same engraving as the original, a caravel. It available in three limited editions: steel, yellow gold, and red gold. longines.com/flagship-heritage-60th-anniversary/