Hi everybody! Firstly I'm very ignorant about watches, so please excuse any mistakes I make.
I have both the PrimaLuna and DolceVita on hold for me until tomorrow in the most simple stainless steel, white dial, quartz models.
DolceVita: I walked into the store thinking I wanted this, it being the only Longines model I'd consistently heard of, and it seeming like their classic/ iconic ladies watch. Unfortunately the stores in my area are sold out of the roman numerals and normal numerals black on white face, and only have the silver flecks on black or white:
silver flecks: http://www.longines.com/watches/long.../L188.8.131.52.6
roman numerals: L184.108.40.206.6 - Longines DolceVita - Elegance - Watches - Longines Swiss Watchmakers since 1832
My worry with this model is do the flecks make it feel like a dress/costume watch.. like the cheaper watches I hate which I've noticed often also do these flecks instead of numbers. I don't know if I'm expressing myself properly, but roman numerals feel more historically interesting + I like the black on white contrast, but I don't quite like their different sizes and the messiness this creates.
PrimaLuna: I really like the simple dial and blue hand, and the more modern feel of the chunkier links and round face that isn't too large or too small. The only worry I have is if the links are too rounded, if that makes sense, and a more rectangular band would look better, and if as a new line introduced only last year, it doesn't have the same proof of quality and iconic appeal of the Dolce Vita? But do you think the commonness of the Dolce Vita as many ladies' entry-level/ luxury Swiss watch makes the PrimaLuna more attractive as a more unique piece?
L220.127.116.11.6 - Longines PrimaLuna - Elegance - Watches - Longines Swiss Watchmakers since 1832
Other questions (sorry to have so many!)
1. Is it fine to get quartz and not automatic? Is my understanding that quartz requires batteries to be replaced, but automatic can require winding/ attention if it's not worn constantly, correct? The reasons I'm thinking quartz are firstly the $500 or so extra for the automatic, and secondly because I don't want to wear this watch every day, but maybe a few days a week. Does anyone know how often the quartz model would require battery changing, and whether this long-term expense/ hassle is worth paying the extra for automatic?
2. Is there any difference in quality/ endurance/ potential longevity/ timekeeping precision/ ability between the PrimaLuna and DolceVita?
3. Why is the Primaluna priced (in Australia at least) $100 below the DolceVita?
If you feel inclined to answer any of these questions I'd be so grateful, and I hope everyone had a great NYE and first day (already almost over here in Oz.)