My Longines Boutique called right before COB today to say my special order as arrived, what a pleasant surprise of only one day wait!
Longines Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases comes in 2 sizes, 41 mm and 44 mm, having a smaller wrist, I picked the 41 mm, and luckily the adjusted bracelet fits my wrist very well, since there is no half links. What really struck me is that how thick is the watch case.... 16 mm, is that common with complication watches? I told myself that I will get used it. As approved by SF members on this thread, I got the white barleycorn dial with contrasting blue hands, it just looks lovely.
Longines Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases L2.718.104.22.168
When the Retrogrades were released a couple of years again, they didn't really do it for me back then; however, since joining this wonderful thread with wonder contributors, yes, you guys, got me interested in watches again. When I was buying a watch for my missus last week, the store manager gave me a Watchtime special on Longines for been a good customer over the years and also the fact everyone knows me in the store. I read about the new Saint-Imier Retrograde Moon Phases, which got me thinking, by adding the moon phases and day/night indicators, and keeping the perfect balance of the dial, I might actually want this. However, it's not perfect, I didn't like arabic numbers as markers and the fat hands, and so so on the lug design of Saint-Imier range.
So after I got home, had a look online and found the Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases, roman dial with dauphine hands and smooth lug design, and I am sold!
This is a beautiful moon phase complication watch with four retrograde hands on the dial. There are: retrograde day indicator and day/night indicator at 12 o’clock, moon phase indicator at 6 o'clock, 24-hour GMT 2nd time zone indicator at the left side of the dial and retrograde date indicator at the right side of the dial. It covers all that I would want on a watch, probably because there is no more room for anything else. With all these complications, does this watch qualifies to be a grand complication?
Its movement L707.2 is exclusively created by ETA for Longines, based on the Valjoux 7750. There are 2 pushers on each side of the watch and the crown, each has its own function, making changes on the display very easy.
Two things I didn't know until I got the watch, the pushers on the side need a stylus to push, I actually thought they were buttons that gets released for pushing when I move the crown into position 2 or 3, but any ball point pen will do the job, and ink doesn't go on the metal casing, I guess this stops me from fiddling with the different functions when I am on the train... There are the external pusher versions, no moon phase version though, and they are $2000 more.... don't know why is there such a price difference.
The 2nd thing is when pulling out the crown, all the retrograde hands reset to zero, luckily it is just a position when the crown is pulled, everything goes back to normal after the crown is pushed back.
I always liked the elegance of a push button butterfly clasp on the bracelet, this one is no different, and the overall polish for the casing and bracelet is great.
Seeing so many movements on the dial will bring great enjoyment and fun to its wearer while appreciating mechanical masterpiece hidden inside the watch, which is visible from the sapphire crystal display back. For its price tag rrp 4625 AUD (actual price I got it for is in the low 3000s), Longines really did an excellent job of creating a classic looking watch with multiple complications and good finishing.Edited by wurger - 7/24/13 at 7:52pm