We’ve been having a bit of a lunar week with Longines this week — checking out their new Master Moonphase in the boutique and in our studio. And we thought we’d stick with the theme this Friday. Today we’re taking a closer look at the stylish, chic and generally handsome Longines 1832 Moonphase.
If the Master Moonphase is a contemporary piece with heritage notes, the 1832 is the other way around: strong, full-bodied heritage overtones with solid underpinnings of modern construction. To me, the whole package exudes old-world charm, but it’s the dial that sings strongest. The dial is beige, with a finely grained finish, that looks incredible up close. On this matt surface there’s a whole lot of charming applied features — the winged hourglass logo, with finely printed text on either side, the faceted, polished, chocolate-block-like hour markers and even the minute dots. All these elements play together to add to the overall air of sophistication and polish, The polished arrow-shaped hands, with small lines of Super-LumiNova, work well in this context. And the well-proportioned moon and date display, nestled in the lower half of the dial, adds in some colour and breaks up the expanse. There’s a reason classic watch design is classic.
The case is lovely, too: 40mm across, in polished steel. Straight lugs, a large, easy-to-use crown and a broad, smooth bezel. Mid-century design in a more modern size. It’s a great combination. On the back you get a view of the L899 calibre ticking away, less polished than the dial side perhaps, but doing an admirable job, beating at 25,200 vph and offering 64 hours of power reserve. Many strap options would work on a watch such as this, but the dark brown alligator with contrasting cream stitching is an admirable choice — elegant, but in a dressed-down way.
The 1832 Moonphase is yet another example of Longines’ terrific heritage design chops, and value proposition.
Longines 1832 Moonphase price
Longines 1832 Moonphase (L4.818.104.22.168), $2825 AUD, available directly from Longines’ online store.
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