September 09, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph

The subtlety of the Métro collection – a slight imbalance which gives it its character – comes from the fact that the watch is asymmetrical: it has two different profiles.

The collection takes inspiration from the first chronograph wristwatches developed by Longines in 1913. These timepieces housed the 13.33z calibre, the first chronograph movement made by Longines to equip wristwatches. The Longines model houses the L788 calibre, a monopusher movement developed by ETA exclusively for Longines and which, like its illustrious predecessor, is equipped with a column-wheel and measures 13¼ lines. All the chronograph functions can be controlled by simply pressing the single push-piece.
The chronograph comes in three versions, all with a 40mm diameter. In each version, the single push-piece inserted into the fluted crown produces a striking aesthetic impact that strongly recalls the original timepieces that inspired them. Their white dials are adorned with painted black numerals and a red "12", in a direct reference to the dials of the period. They are completed by two counters, at 3 and 9 o'clock, together with a date aperture at 6 o'clock. Blued hands harmoniously complete the whole. Two versions, one in steel and one in rose gold, feature Arabic numerals, and a third version available in steel displays Roman numerals.
The cases are a particularly interesting feature. Two of the models have a well-rounded case, available in steel and in rose gold, while the third model in steel is fitted with moving lugs. This version has a thicker case with a more angular profile that gives it a great deal of character. On all three versions, the movement’s blue column wheel can be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. All models are fitted with a brown alligator strap.

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