The final and the most intricate addition to the Watchmaking Tradition series of Longines watches are two models by the name Quadruple Retrograde Moon Phases timepieces. These watches, with the basic distinction among them being the case diameter are equipped with the new mechanical self-winding L707 movement. These are the newest additions to the palette of products by Longines which were presented at this year’s edition of the Baselworld watch fair. As the names of the watches suggest, the original characteristics are their four retrograde displays, placed in each of the four quarters of the face, as well as fine looking indicators for day and night and phases of the moon.
The ingenious model by Longines, as it has been mentioned, has four retrograde indications on its face. On the top of the dial is the day display, date is shown on the right, bottom part is the location of small seconds counter, while the second time zone retrograde display in 24 hour format can be seen on the left side. The watch is made with a host of complications and it further involves a moon phase display just below the central point of the dial, as well as a night day indicator just above the center.
The intricate way to display the calendar features and its second time is enabled by the L707.2 movement, developed exclusively for Longines by ETA, which is not surprising at all, since both of the brands are the parts of the Swatch group. The self-winding mechanical L707.2 caliber (base movement ETA A07 L31) incorporates 25 jewels and has the width of 16 ½ (36.6 mm). As it is expected for a timepiece by the Swiss watchmaker with the winged hourglass logo, the caliber runs on the high frequency of 28,800 vph. The exclusive automatic movement offers a power reserve of two days.
Two Versions with the Different Diameters and Dial Colors
As it has been noted at the start of the review, there are two variations of the timepiece that are made in different sizes. The smaller model with the reference number L2.738.4.71/51.X is fitted in a round case with the diameter of 41 mm. The other, slightly larger variation with the designation L2.739.4.71/51.X is 44 mm wide. In both instances, circular housing is made from the stainless steel, while the case back is transparent to enable the view on the functioning of its complex caliber. As the case back, the front of the watch is made with a sapphire crystal.
Besides, two versions have different dial colors. The smaller one has a black face with a barleycorn pattern motif. The black dial is combined with 11 white painted Roman numerals and silvered brushed hands. The larger model of the watch from the Watchmaking Tradition series and its sub-category Master collection features the same pattern on its dial, but has a silver face. The dial is completed with black painted numerals and blued steel hands. Since the dial includes a lot of information, the bigger model with a silver dial has a more appealing appearance, in our opinion, while the smaller black version seems a bit overcrowded.
The final distinction between the versions of Longines Watchmaking Tradition Quadruple Retrograde Moon Phases Watch is the type of the wristlet. While the black version has a steel three-row bracelet, the second one is made with a brown alligator strap. Both kinds of bands fasten with triple safety folding clasps with push-piece mechanisms for opening. Likewise, both versions are constructed to be water proof up to 30 meters, which does not make them appropriate for swimming, but does guard them from splashes and improves the overall functionality.