Longines DolceVita: Timeless, Elegant, Refined
The watches of the Longines DolceVita collection are elegant, classic, and timeless. Select models are made of 18-karat gold and feature diamonds. Each timepiece is characterized by a rectangular case.
Swiss Watchmaking Meets Italian Style
The Longines DolceVita collection combines Swiss engineering and watchmaking with Italian joie de vivre. In English, dolce vita translates to "the sweet life" – an appropriate name for these beautiful watches.
Thanks to their rectangular cases, these timepieces bear a strong resemblance to the iconic Cartier Tank. Other defining features include Roman numerals and a small seconds at 6 o'clock on many models. Longines crafts the cases out of stainless steel or 18-karat rose gold. Sizes range from a delicate 17.7 x 27 mm to an imposing 28.2 x 47 mm.
Rose gold women's watches with a mother-of-pearl dial, diamond indices, and a diamond-studded bezel are especially feminine and luxurious. Top models have up to 59 diamonds with a total weight of 0.445 carats. The list price for a quartz watch like the Longines ref. L126.96.36.199.0 with 46 diamonds comes in at 5,550 USD.
5 Reasons to Buy a Longines DolceVita
- Distinctive rectangular case
- Timeless and elegant men's and women's watches
- Top models in 18-karat gold with diamonds
- Swiss automatic or quartz calibers
- Available on a leather strap or steel bracelet
How much does a Longines DolceVita cost?
|Reference number||Price (approx.)||Feature(s)|
|L5.5188.8.131.52||7,900 USD new||59 diamonds totaling 0.445 carats, 18-karat rose gold, quartz|
|L184.108.40.206.0||5,000 USD new||46 diamonds totaling 0.552 carats, 18-karat rose gold, quartz|
|L5.6220.127.116.11||2,200 USD pre-owned||Yellow gold, chronograph, quartz|
|L5.663.4||1,400 USD pre-owned||Stainless steel, chronograph, quartz|
|L5.718.104.22.168||1,400 USD new||Stainless steel, automatic, date|
|L5.222.214.171.124||1,100 USD||Stainless steel, quartz|
Prices for a DolceVita Chronograph
The Longines DolceVita chronograph is sporty and functional. Its stopwatch function enables the wearer to accurately time up to 30 minutes to within 1/10th of a second. Swiss movement manufacturer ETA provides Longines with the precise quartz calibers for these timepieces. Quartz watches come with the added advantage of being able to run for several years before needing a battery change. By comparison, mechanical watches generally require winding after less than two days.
Depending on its condition, you can purchase a pre-owned DolceVita chronograph for between 540 and 980 USD. Prices for new models range from 1,100 to 1,400 USD. If you prefer gold watches, be sure to have around 2,200 USD on hand.
How much do women's DolceVita watches cost?
Women's watches make up the majority of the Longines DolceVita collection. Diamond-studded pieces in gold are particularly refined and make fantastic gifts for any occasion. The ref. L126.96.36.199.0 feels especially classic thanks to its Roman numerals and tempered blue hands. Its case measures 20.8 x 32 mm and features 46 diamonds. A black alligator leather strap rounds off this timepiece. You can call this DolceVita model your own for around 5,000 USD. Cartier offers a similar watch in the form of the rose gold Tank Solo ref. W5200025. This quartz watch lacks any diamonds and costs roughly 4,300 USD new and 3,600 USD pre-owned.
Those with more modest tastes may enjoy the stainless steel DolceVita ref. L5.2188.8.131.52. This timepiece has no diamond embellishments. Longines mounts the case on a stainless steel bracelet. Prices for this model begin under 1,100 USD. The ref. L2.2184.108.40.206 with a black alligator leather strap sits in a similar price range. The rose gold ref. L220.127.116.11.0 demands a larger investment of approximately 3,400 USD.
Prices for Men's DolceVita Watches
The DolceVita collection is also home to a number of men's watches. At 28.2 x 47 mm, these models are much larger than their feminine counterparts. What's more, Longines equips these timepieces with the automatic caliber L592. This movement is based on the ETA A20.L01 and comes with a 40-hour power reserve and a date display at 6 o'clock. Roman numerals mark the hours on the silver flinqué dial. "Flinqué" is an engraving style, which Longines uses to create the dial's straight and wavy lines. Tempered blue steel hands underscore the watches' classic look. When it comes to the band, you can choose between alligator leather or stainless steel. The ref. L5.718.104.22.168 is paired with a five-piece link stainless steel bracelet and sells for about 1,400 USD new. The version on an alligator leather strap costs about the same.
Features of Men's DolceVita Watches
- A stainless steel case measuring 28.2 x 47 mm
- Automatic caliber L592 with a 40-hour power reserve
- Silver "flinqué" dial
- Tempered blue hands, date display