Building the Ultimate Five-Watch Longines Collection

Ask any watch addict and they’ll agree: the only thing better than one watch you love are five watches you love. The addictive aspect of watch collecting aside, there simply isn’t one watch that will work for all of life’s occasions, and a well-rounded wardrobe includes a selection of watches designed to excel at different things. Formal occasions, for example, will call for a completely different timepiece than you might wear on vacation. Similarly, the watch you wear from Monday to Friday might not be the same one you want to put on for your Sunday morning coffee and pastry run. Fortunately, Longines has a wide enough variety of timepieces to offer you something for every possible scenario, and then some. Here’s what we’d pick for our ultimate five-watch collection.

The Daily Driver: The Longines Spirit Zulu Time

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An everyday watch is likely the first one you buy, and that makes sense since it’ll be useful for the widest range of activities. The new Longines Spirit Zulu Time GMT checks all the right boxes in terms of looks (not too dressy, not too sporty), materials (steel), and style (that green bezel tho). Better still, with Longines’ interchangeable strap system you can easily swap out the steel bracelet for a leather or rubber strap if you want to go a little more casual. ($3,600)

The Complication: The Longines Master Collection

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The more interested in watches you get, the more fascinated you’ll become with complications like travel timers and perpetual calendars. This Longines scratches that itch with its mechanical moon phase annual calendar movement, as well as fine details like a “barleycorn” pattern dial and a combination of Geneva stripe and perlage finishing on the movement. For the price, you won’t find a better value anywhere. ($4,500)

The Vintage Watch: The Longines Flagship Heritage

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Vintage watch collecting is all the rage these days, and for good reason — vintage watches offer a piece of history along with some of coolest designs on the planet. But buying and owning a vintage watch — especially in the current market — isn’t for the faint of heart. Longines provides a perfect workaround with their unequalled selection of vintage designs like the Flagship Heritage, which combine the classic looks of days gone by with today’s most reliable Swiss-made movements. Better still, at 38.5mm across the case, this example offers the classic look to a more modern size. ($2,200)

The Special Occasion Watch: The Longines Présence

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Sometimes a guy just likes to get a little dressed up, and no red carpet-worthy ensemble is complete without a special occasion watch to go with it. The Présence is just such watch, and its classical roman numeral dial, stick indexes and 40mm red gold PVD case make it an easy pick for formal events. If only tying a bow tie was that simple. ($2,000)

The Weekender Watch: The Longines HydroConquest

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Longines’ signature diver offers everything you could want in a tool watch, from sporty looks to a case rated for 300m of water resistance, making it the perfect choice for all of your off-duty pursuits, from beach vacations to mowing the lawn. With its tough steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, screw-down crown and colour-matched rubber strap, this watch is designed to be as durable as it is stylish. ($2,150)