Longines is celebrating their 190th anniversary this year, an impressive feat even in this industry, and with it they are launching a trio of watches within their Master Collection. The new collection gets a pair of limited edition variants with precious metal cases, and a series production reference in steel. While the colorways vary, each receives a stunning dial with engraved Arabic numerals that will have you reaching for the nearest loupe with every wrist check. Longines has excelled in the formal watch department in recent years (decades? centuries?), and these latest examples are certainly no exception, punching way above their weight.
Engraved numerals are a rare sight on watches, even more so in this price range. We’ve admired similar dials from the likes of Naoya Hida, and Longines has created something every bit as elegant with these three creations. The dials are grained anthracite (red gold), brushed gray (yellow gold) or sandblasted silver (steel), and each get deeply engraved numerals at each hour marker. The execution is beautiful and rather dramatic in the metal, heightened by the relative simplicity of the rest of the watch.