It makes no doubt that Longines knows its business when it comes to re-edition of past models. This was true with, for instance, the Avigation BigEye, the Type A-7 or the Heritage Military. How good these watches were, there was always a small ‘but’ (a date, a case too large…) but what you’re about to this is very, very attractive. Cool design, great proportions, historical relevance and a powerful movement. Meet the new Longines Heritage Classic “Sector Dial”.
I have a particular soft spot for the so-called “Calatrava” steel watches of the 1930s and 1940s, watches often found in oversized (back then) cases with simple but great design dial, relying on Art-Deco themes. This often gave life to the so-called sector dials. This is exactly what Longines has in its museum, a 1934 piece with flat coin-shaped bezel, straight lugs and dial with sectors.
The 1934 Longines watch from the Museum that served as an inspiration.
This is this exact theme and design that the brand is bringing back today with the new Longines Heritage Classic. First is a case, which is made of brushed stainless steel, with polished accents. It is shaped in the traditional “Calatrava” style, with a flat bezel, a box-shaped sapphire crystal and straight lugs. What is even better is that Longines has decided to keep it small, with a 38.5mm – the lugs being quite long however, so expect the watch to wear slightly larger. The crown retains the half-diamond shape of the original watch.
The piece de resistance of the Longines Heritage Classic is, to me, the dial. Just like the original model, it has this great “sector” design, with a silver, two-tone finishing – opaline centre part and circular brushed minute track. The small second is well positioned and doesn’t feel lost in the middle of the dial. The hands are again faithful to the original and are made of blued steel. The watch has a no-date display, which is again vert good news.
Powering the Longines Heritage Classic is the automatic Calibre 893, a movement knows as the ETA A31.501. It is an upgraded version of the 2895-2, with a slower frequency of 25,200 vibrations/hour but a longer power reserve of 64 hours. It is fitted with a silicon balance spring, meaning antimagnetic properties.
The watch is available in two versions, only differentiated by the strap. The Longines Heritage Classic L2.8126.96.36.199 comes on a Black leather strap with additional blue NATO. The Longines Heritage Classic L2.8188.8.131.52 comes on a Blue leather strap with additional anthracite NATO.
The Longines Heritage Classic Sector Dial will soon be available at retailers and priced at EUR 2,020. More details at Longines.com.
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