They do more than merely tell the time – sports and ‘tool’ watches measure performance, ensure safety and occasionally, become style icons, reports our watch editor.
The Longines Equestrian Collection
Switzerland is world-renowned for producing some of the finer things in life – such as exquisite timepieces or sublime chocolate – but horses? Not so much. The only Swiss horse breed is the Franches-Montagnes, native to the historical Swiss Jura area – the mountainous region and crucible of luxury watchmaking where Longines was founded in 1832. For well over 100 years the winged hourglass brand has cultivated a close affiliation with equestrian sports and the new Equestrian Collection continues the tradition in reliably refined fashion.
The new line is pitched to appeal to a wide audience and is available in four sizes for women who are discerning about size. The case lines echo the rectangular buckle found on the show bridle of Franches-Montagnes horses, as seen in events such as the Falsterbo Horse show 2017, which features almost a thousand horses and riders across fifty different disciplines.
The collection is powered by a quartz movement and feature either a polished black-lacquered dial, or the white mother-of-pearl and silver-coloured checkerboard pattern. Both are striking and stylishly elevated by diamond indexes. Mounted onto stitched leather straps that resonate with saddles or on classic steel bracelets, Longines has added more winners to a fine stable.
By: Nick Rice