If Bucherer has their way the whole world will be their particular shade of blue. Forget painting it black, even the Stones never had the colour palette pulling power of the largest watch retailer in Europe. This time however, rather than the usually pricey editions they’ve done in the past, Bucherer is opting for something a little more accessible – yet no less handsome – from Longines.
Pulling from Longine’s most underrated and seminal collection of timepieces, this is the turn of 2005’s Master Collection Chronograph. Think classically elegant chronograph and you’ll likely have something like this in your head. The lovely proportions, pared-back look and refined chronograph functions all add up to a fantastic little watch.
In fact, Bucherer hasn’t changed much in their own edition. It has the same 40mm steel case, the same Calibre L651 chronograph movement and the same overall design. Still, a paintjob can transform a watch entirely and here the chronograph is a beauty in blue, offering a nice contrast with the silver subdials and inner bezel.
The only other change is the strap, which is now a nice vintage brown. It seems that Bucherer didn’t want to go too far into the great blue yonder of watch design with this one. Despite that, it’s a lovely piece from a great collection and for a pretty good price to boot: the Longines Master Collection Chronograph Bucherer Blue edition will cost a not-so-princely £2,100 – and is limited to 500 pieces.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Longines Master Collection Chronograph Bucherer Blue Edition
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Calibre L651 (ETA 2894-1), automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Strap: Brown Leather with folding clasp
Price: £2,100, limited to 500 pieces, exclusive to Bucherer stores
More details at Bucherer’s website.