Since 1878, Longines has been committed to supporting equestrian sporting activities. That’s why they created the original Longines Equestrian, a chronograph with a jockey and his mount engraved on it. By 1912, the company took its commitment to equestrian sports out of the St. Imier, Switzerland to the playing field when it partnered with an international show jumping generation. There has been no turning back since then as Longines has consistently supported sports such as show-jumping, flat racing, endurance and eventing competitions.
For every second it stays on your wrist on that someone else, there’s an event, going on somewhere in the world, where the spirit of the watch is put in play.
Let’s start with the Longines Equestrian with number L188.8.131.52.2. Although it has a round-shaped case, the straps begin with a steel strap that holds a leather strap. The case is made from stainless steel. The glass is made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, that has several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside. The dimensions measure at 30mm. It is water-resistant up to 3 bars. The case is set with 46 top Wesselton IF-VVS diamonds with a total of 0.386 carats. The dial is coloured a silver ‘finque’ while the hour markers are painted Roman numerals. The hands are blued steel. The movement type is quartz with Caliber L152. The functions are hours, minutes, seconds and date. It also has an End of Life (EOL) indicator that tells you when the battery of the watch will soon run flat. The straps are leather, with both the face and back made from calf leather. The colour is brown and comes with a buckle.
Closer Look at Longines Equestrian Watches
The Longines Equestrian L184.108.40.206.0 has a quartz movement. As such, it has an End of Life (EOL) indicator that tells you when the battery is almost exhausted and needs replacing. This is the most common watch movement used today, hence, fixing or replacing parts will not be difficult, unlike other movements. This watch is made for ladies and sports a round shape. The dial or face of the watch that carries the hands, marks, and indicators is coloured black. The glass is sapphire glass, which is slightly less hard than diamond, but still scratch-resistant while remaining transparent. The case diameter is 24mm and it is waterproof up to 30m. The bezel material is made from steel. The bracelet is made of leather and is coloured black. A buckle serves as its clasp while the buckle material itself is steel. Since the movement is quartz, it does not need a calibre or power reserve.
Everyone loves a good dress watch, and anyone who knows anything about the subject will tell you that Longines watches are not just good; they are the epitome of class and sophistication. They have the historical antecedent to back it up. From humble beginnings in St. Imier, Longines has built a global brand that is fiercely committed to quality, paying great attention to detail, and ensuring that every watch, every collection, every variant, is a unique masterpiece.
There were watches before the Longines Equestrian, there were watches alongside the Longines Equestrian, there were watches after the Longines Equestrian. But none has ever and will ever match its quality and promise. How many watches can claim association with most of the rugged and exciting equestrian competitions the world over? This is a watch ahead of its time. It is made with precision, respect for tradition, and the best quality. Since 1878, the Longines Equestrian has lived up to the challenge. Will you match it?