You know when you see the familiar wing span motif that you are dealing with a serious contender and DolceVita does not disappoint

Swiss watchmaking powerhouse Longines is a label of firsts. From record-breaking navigational achievements to the world’s oldest trademark and a master of precision timekeeping, Longines personifies quality and elegance. Since it was launched in 1997, the Longines DolceVita collection has been an enormous success, thanks to its modern sophistication. The perfectly harmonious proportions of the rectangular timepieces make this collection unique.


At first glance

Contemporary elegance is the by-line for this spectacular timepiece presented by Longines, and it wears it well.  You know when you see the familiar wing span motif that you are dealing with a serious contender and DolceVita does not disappoint.  On the contrary, the longer I dwell on its finery the greater my appreciation, which far exceeds any expectation.  It truly is an exquisite offering.

When handling this watch, you are literally holding a piece of gold, 18ct to be exact, in the palm of your hand.  As you can imagine, this is an incredibly gratifying sensation and all this without even adorning your wrist. The pleasingly solid weight and balanced yellow hue, is yet another affirmation that Longines does gold so well.

Up close and personal

There is a hint of Art Deco in the design and with 14 diamonds either side of the white rectangular dial, hanging like curtains, it’s reminiscent of a theatrical stage in keeping with its golden era quintessence. As such it would not look out of place gracing the wrist of Audrey Hepburn and other all-time greats. This is not to say it is not contemporary, but that there is no disguising established class and this watch is bountiful in this commodity.

Far from resting on the side-lines, the DolceVita is all about the ‘opening night’; other than the 12 o’clock Arabic numeral, each hour is marked with golden exclamation shaped indexes.  As if you didn’t already know it’s a statement piece.

Gilt hour and minute hands are accompanied by a small second at 6 o’clock and the octagon shaped crown is imprinted with the Longines emblem. The glass case is scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and is waterproof up to 30 metres.


On the wrist

The gold bracelet is woven together with small links, which I generally find more appealing on the feminine wrist than larger exhibits.  It is a pleasure to put on and, with its triple safety folding clasp, not that easy to take off, which I don’t mind in the slightest.  It fits so well, I know it was made for me. But now we come to the crescendo. This timepiece omits a ‘golden halo’ on your skin, the Midas touch of watches, its mastery evident in the wearing experience.

Which brings me to my only frustration, magnificent as it is, I wish they had continued the ‘elegance’ into the heart of the watch, with a mechanical movement as opposed to quartz.

However, there is no denying it, this is a timepiece that will get passed down from generation to generation.

  • Elegant and classy
  • Solid and balanced yellow gold
  • Golden halo effect
  • Legacy timepiece
  • Quartz movement – a mechanical would have raised the stakes

RRP: £7,800.00

Available from: Mappin and Webb, Fraser Hart, Longines


Style: Luxury
Colour: Gold
Watch Movement: Quartz movement, Calibre L178
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case shape: Rectangular
Case material: 18k Gold
Case width: 19.80mm
Bevel: Set with 32 diamonds, 0.269 carat. Top Wesselton VVS
Glass: Sapphire
Strap type: 18 carat gold
Clasp: Folding safety clasp and push-pieces
Water resistance: 30 metres
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