The Saint-Imier Collection of Longines Watches, named after the birthplace of the Swiss watchmaker, includes several variations of a three-hand mechanical timepiece with a date display aperture. Different versions of the Ladies Classic timepiece can be executed in one of the basic sizes: with a small case (26 wide), or in a slightly larger housing that is 30 mm wide. Both the small and the medium-sized versions can be made with a mother-of-pearl face with diamond indexes, or with a classical-colored dial with a single Arabic numeral at the top and applied hour markers. Similarly, the cases can be constructed of steel, 18 karat gold, or from these two metals combined. However, in each of these cases, the available functions that involve three hands and a date display remain the same. It is caused by the fact that Longines used self-winding L595 mechanical movement.
As it has been said, this three-hands mechanical timekeeper for women from the Saint-Imier series of Longines watches can be made with either a white-mother of pearl dial, or with a black or silver face with a sunray pattern. The versions with a mother-of –pearl faces are all made with diamonds that serve as hour markers. Furthermore, some of these models are additionally enriched with the additions of precious stones clusters on their fixed bezels. The universal water resistance for each of the variations, regardless of the size, is 30 meters. Likewise, every single model is made with a sapphire crystal and a transparent case-back that reveals the functioning of its automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve. Most of the available versions are paired up with alligator leather straps, while few exceptions have metal bracelets (steel or combination of steel and gold).
Ladies’ Classic Small Watch
The smaller versions of the women’s watch by Longines feature a casing with the diameter of 26 mm. There are three variations with a mother-of-pearl dial. The first one (reference number L2.218.104.22.168) has a steel and 18 karat pink gold case, and the matching metal bracelet. The other m-o-p small incarnation of the model (reference number L2.222.214.171.124) has a housing made entirely of pink gold, while its attachment is a black alligator leather strap. Both models include 11 Wesselton VS diamonds (the total weight of 0.0031 carats), as well as 60 more decorative stones on the stationary bezel (Top Wesselton VVS stones weighing 0.174 carats).
Apart from the more sparkly versions, the smaller sized Ladies Classic timekeeper by Longines is also available with sunray pattern dials in silver or black color. The first one is the L2.2126.96.36.199, the model with a pink gold housing, gray silver dial and a black alligator strap. The silver dial is also featured on the variations L2.2188.8.131.52 (with a two-tone case and a brown strap) and L2.2184.108.40.206 which has the same type of attachment, but a steel case. The final small model L2.2220.127.116.11 is the only one with a black dial, which is, in this instance, matched with a steel bracelet.
Ladies’ Classic’ Medium Watch
There are seven versions of the model with the case diameter of 30 mm. Four of them are with white m-o-p faces and diamond indexes. The Swiss watchmaker utilized the diamonds with the same type of clarity and color as for the small size versions. Due to the larger size, the medium version have stones that weigh slightly more, while the ones that sport diamonds on their bezels have 72 stones, 12 more than the small incarnations. Only one of the m-o-p dial medium watches had a case from steel and pink gold. This watch with the designation L2.518.104.22.168 includes precious decorations on its bezel and a white alligator strap. The rest of the versions with this kind of a dial are fitted into steel casings. Apart from the material of casing, the model L2.522.214.171.124 is virtually the same as the last one. Unlike these two models, the next L2.5126.96.36.199 has a steel bracelet, while the final version L2.5188.8.131.52 again shows off a white alligator strap, but lacks diamonds on the bezel.
The medium sized Longines Lady Classic variations with a sunray patterned dials are a bit different than the small ones. A slightly larger diameter allowed the inclusion of additional minute and second scale rings on the flange. There are two models with pink gold housings: the variation L2.5184.108.40.206 with a black dial, and the version L2.5220.127.116.11 with a silver face. The last model L2.518.104.22.168 sports a steel and pink housing and once again a black dial and. Each of the models has a black leather strap.