Longines' sensational collections sparkle with precious gems and understated elegance THIS YEAR, LONGINES has added several new diamond-set models to its three major collections - evidenza, DolceVita and La Grande Classique de Longines. They highlight the traditional importance that Longines attaches to elegance. In keeping with contemporary tastes, the new diamond-set models all feature distinctive black dials. In Longines' new Diamond Collections, the stones are used in many different ways, including pave setting on the dial, or in single or double rows. On some models, diamonds decorate stylish Arabic numerals or encircle small seconds dials. It is the stark contrast between black dials and sparkling diamonds that put these models on a pedestal. Longines' evidenza range is reminiscent of high style and individual freedom. The diamond-set steel tonneau case, black dial and black leather strap or stainless steel bracelet work in harmony with the lacquered black dial and the four diamond-set Arabic numerals. The chronograph model in the evidenza range is one exception and offers a black dial enhanced with white painted Roman numerals and three counters. The diamonds are set around the bezel. Additions to the DolceVita range this year cater for contemporary tastes in the form of a rectangular stainless steel case and black leather strap. Each is diamond-set with black dials and hands of silvered steel. La Grande Classique represents the epitome of soul and style in the grand tradition of Longines. The designs are slim, sleek and elegant - and the new models are no exception. Diamond-set steel bezels and diamond-set lacquered black dials are enhanced by silvered dials and stainless steel bracelets or black leather straps. Longines' new BelleArti collection pays homage to the extraordinarily productive design period of the 1920s. As 'bling' starts to lose its appeal, classical styling is beginning to make a comeback. The collection is fitted with quartz movements, with the exception of one manually wound mechanical model which is a special limited edition. This year, Longines has revived a design that was an ambassador for the brand's technical skills in the 1920s when it had success with a chronograph movement first produced in 1913. It was a minor revolution and featured an instant 30-minute counter, one crown with three positions and a dial with luminescent numbers and hands. The new Spirit Collection recalls the spirit of that watch, retaining the characteristic curve of the original, with its circular aperture and case-back stamped with the EFCo logo, the original design of the winged hourglass logo which was patented in 1889 as a tribute to the company's founder, Ernest Francillon. The new Spirit Collection includes self-winding and quartz ladies' models, gent's watches (40.50mm in diameter) and gent's chronograph models. All versions have stainless steel cases and high-quality self-winding movements, except for the quartz ladies' models. They are available with white or black lacquered dials and Superluminova Arabic numerals. Elegance is also evident in the new Clous de Paris designs introduced this year. They take their inspiration from early 20th-century jewellery, which is used to decorate the case and dial of each model. The name Clous de Paris is taken from the pyramid style of decoration featured on the dial and around the edge of the case. The self-winding movement can be admired through the transparent case-back. The blue steel hands contrast well against the matt white dials. All models are available on an alligator strap in honey or dark blue, with a pushpiece-operated triple folding clasp.