The Australian watch retail landscape has been booming recently, with plenty of new boutique openings. The latest is Longines, which has just opened a 174-square metre store with a prime position in the heart of Collins Street, Melbourne’s premier luxury shopping strip.
And while the look and feel of a new boutique is always cool (and given that it’s Longines, this one will be elegant too), really, when a new boutique opens, we’re primarily interested in one thing: Watches. So here are our five picks …
The Heritage 1945
Longines is justifiably famous for their heritage collection, and this cinnamon-strapped little beauty does not disappoint, with its faithful design and rich details making it a compelling proposition.
The V.H.P. Chronograph
The incredibly precise quartz movement inside the V.H.P. is about as far from heritage as you can get. There are numerous proprietary tweaks inside that make this watch best-in-class when it comes to accuracy.
The modern dive watch is a true staple, and Longines HydroConquest is a great example. The stalwart diver received an upgrade this year, with a redesigned dial and a fresh new ceramic bezel.
The Avigation Type A 1935
If you like your watches vintage, and with a bit of a twist, the off-centre, and surprisingly readable (and very wearable) Avigation is one you should check out.
The Record is a fairly new collection for Longines that’s making waves. Not only for its stylish good looks, but for the fact that every single watch (automatic, natch) is COSC certified.
Longines Melbourne boutique is located at 256 Collins St, Melbourne