ON THE WRIST: Longines Presence L48194112

MONNESDAY MARCH 18, 2017

Quartz watches could be described to be unexciting, cold, soulless even. Frankly, I couldn’t agree more because they do not have what us living things possess, a beating heart. Our modern-day life having one chore slotted after the next makes time a limiting factor. Leaving home in the shortest time possible may sound like a first world problem but it does happen frequently enough for me. So tee shirt, jeans and when it comes to watch I grabbed the Oyster Perpetual but the fuss of winding made me (as much as I want to) put it back then slapping on the Longines.

PRO

Reliable

Wrist comfortably

CON

Small size

Not interesting

SPECIFICATION

34 mm Diameter

6 mm Thickness

30m Water Resistance

Quartz

6  Jewels

From RM 2765

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The choice made naturally led to this write-up. The watch in question was not one purchased with my own money but a gift from a dear friend. Despite being one of the entry models in the collection of Longines watches, it never bothered me because it does not pretend to be something it is not. The Presence isn’t something that tries to be neither prestigious nor trendy but an honest watch that only tells time and date. What’s more, this being a present, things could have been a lot worse.

After a couple of years, the black leather strap that came with it decided to give way so a NATO was replaced which made it more casual. With colours thrown into the mix to go with a white matte face, it became something that went surprisingly well with sneakers and jeans. JLC may be the master at ultra-thin but a simple battery powered quartz will always be thinner. On a contrary, the Presence’s painted Roman numerals aren’t finely detailed and its second hand does not tick accurately to track.

A quartz watch then is like a sidekick who’s always there for assistance much like Stark’s Jarvis which isn’t completely disadvantageous when compared to a mechanical one that requires winding and time referencing. Every collector knows the handiness of a quartz watch. This means that there’s a need for a 3 + 1 watch collection?

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