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Longines Unveil Master Small Seconds Salmon and Anthracite in 38.5mm

Longines Master Collection Small Seconds Salmon

Longines have one of the most diverse ranges of watches on the market ranging from popular dive watches like the HydroConquest to retro pilots in the vein of the Spirit Zulu and refined classics such as the Master Collection. In fact, Longines launched a series of Masters last year to celebrate their 190th anniversary. Now they’re expanding on the Master collection again in the form of a new Small Seconds model at 38.5mm.

In terms of style and design, the new watch clearly owes a lot to that 190th anniversary series. It has a very similar case with a sweeping, round shape and a smooth, polished bezel. The major difference is the size, with the new piece measuring just 38.5mm in diameter, making it feel much more refined and elegant.

Longines Master Collection Small Seconds

That elegance is evident on the dial as well, which is available in two distinct colourways. The first is a vertically brushed salmon version with engraved anthracite numerals and black hands while the second is the reverse. Both look incredibly smart with the striking contrast between the grey and copper tones – particularly around the Breguet style numerals. Admittedly we have seen similar colours before but they are really nice, it’s worth getting excited about them again.

Longines Master Collection Small Seconds

What makes the 2023 piece special is the addition of a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock with sunray brushed finishing. Small seconds functions have a lot of uses in watch displays, typically revolving around the fact that the central hand stack is being used for something else such as a chronograph. Here, the choice to include a subdial is entirely aesthetic. It simply looks more interesting and refined than a plain dial and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Longines Master Collection Small Seconds Salmon
Longines Master Collection Small Seconds Anthracite

Between the lovely dial and classical case, you’d almost expect the Longines Master Small Seconds Salmon and Anthracite to have the price tag of a high end dress watch. But the fact that it’s steel and not white gold means it won’t break the bank at £2,250. It also has a really solid movement for the price, the L893 with 72-hour power reserve. All that remains is to pick a favourite and what can I say, I’m a sucker for salmon.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Longines Master Collection Small Seconds
  • Ref: L2.843.4.93.2 (salmon), L2.843.4.63.2 (anthracite)
  • Case/dial: 38.5mm diameter x 10.20mm thickness, stainless steel case, salmon or anthracite dial
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
  • Movement: Longines calibre L893, automatic
  • Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 64h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Strap: Alligator leather
  • Price/availability: £2,250

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.