The Primaluna is a timelessly elegant watch collection for ladies. The collection is powered by mechanical and quartz movements and features many valuable diamond-set rose gold models.
Since 2009, Longines has been offering many different round women's watches paired with metal bracelets in their Primaluna collection. The watches' circular shape is reminiscent of the Moon, the collection's namesake and a symbol of time passing with its ever-changing waxing and waning. Longines uses white mother-of-pearl dials with three contrasting blue hands, although older versions are available with silver hands. The Longines logo, a winged hourglass, is located beneath the 12 o'clock position.
|L188.8.131.52.6||Yellow gold||Automatic||‒||9,000 euros|
|L184.108.40.206.6||Rose gold||Automatic||‒||8,000 euros|
|L220.127.116.11.6||Bicolor (rose gold/stainless steel)||Automatic||✓||4,500 euros|
|L18.104.22.168.6||Bicolor (red gold/stainless steel)||Quartz||✓||3,000 euros|
|L22.214.171.124.6||Stainless steel||Automatic||✓||2,500 euros|
|L126.96.36.199.6||Bicolor (red gold/stainless steel)||Automatic||‒||2,400 euros|
|L188.8.131.52.6||Stainless steel||Quartz||✓||2,300 euros|
|L184.108.40.206.6||Stainless steel||Automatic||‒||1,200 euros|
|L220.127.116.11.6||Stainless steel||Quartz||✓||1,000 euros|
Amongst the more valuable and expensive versions of the Primaluna is that with reference number L18.104.22.168.6. It's powered by the automatic movement L595/592 and features a bezel set with 48 diamonds (total of 0.403 carats), with an additional 11 diamonds (0.044 carats) serving as hour indices on the white mother-of-pearl dial. The 30-mm case is predominantly made of stainless steel with an 18-karat rose gold bezel. The metal link bracelet features rose gold middle links while the outer links are stainless steel. A new version of this timepiece costs around 4,500 euros.
Decorative diamonds combined with a solid yellow gold case and bracelet raise the price of the L22.214.171.124.6 Primaluna to around 9,000 euros. The solid rose gold version without diamonds on the bezel (L126.96.36.199.6) costs about a thousand euros less. However, these expensive, solid gold versions are no longer part of the current series.
The beloved bicolor rose gold/stainless steel design (L188.8.131.52.6) is a beautiful sight to behold. It features a bezel set with 44 diamonds and Roman numerals as hour markers. Thus, it has fewer diamonds than some of its siblings. The case is somewhat on the smaller size, measuring 26.5 mm in diameter. Furthermore, a quartz movement powers the timepiece, keeping its cost low at only 3,000 euros.
If you prefer a complete stainless steel look, then consider the version with reference number L184.108.40.206.6. The 30-mm watch has a bezel set with 48 diamonds and a dial with 11 diamonds for hour markers at every position except three o'clock, where the date window is located. Usually, this quartz watch sells for around 2,300 euros.
Two stainless steel models with a smaller 26.5-mm case are also available. The L220.127.116.11.6 has a bezel set with 44 diamonds and Roman numerals as hour indices. The mechanical caliber raises the value of this watch; it costs around 2,500 euros. The version with a plain bezel, quartz movement, and 11 diamond hour indices (L18.104.22.168.6) costs around 1,000 euros.
Longines also offers versions of the Primaluna without diamonds. The 26.5-mm bicolor stainless steel and rose gold version (L22.214.171.124.6) is powered by an automatic movement and costs around 2,400 euros. The 30-mm version (L126.96.36.199.6) is made of stainless steel, powered by an automatic movement, and has a white dial with black Roman numerals as hour indices. This simple women's watch costs around 1,200 euros. Women's watches similar to the Primaluna can be found in Ebel's Beluga series.
Longines uses the caliber L595/592 in the automatic Primalunas with hour, minute, and seconds hands as well as a date display. The movement vibrates at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a 40-hour power reserve. It's based on the ETA 2000/1, a caliber produced by the world's largest ébauche manufacturer, ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse. ETA produces modified movements like the L595/592 exclusively for Longines. The two quartz movements used in the Primaluna series, the L129 and L250, are also from ETA. Both Longines and ETA belong to the Swatch Group.