Longines has redesigned one of its historical watches in their new Pulsometer Chronograph, basically a column-wheel monopusher chronograph with a pulsometric scale that provides a reading of heart rate on the scale in red on the outside of the dial. Its classic design is reminiscent of the original 1920s watch type used by doctors, but it is also perfectly practical as a watch for everyday use, with the chronometer measuring seconds on the chemin-de-fer chapter ring, and 30 minutes on the subdial at 3 o’clock. Detailing is very good, with Breguet-type hour and minute hand, differentiated chronograph minute and continuous seconds hands, and painted black Arabic numerals on the white lacquered dial.
The pulsometer is a relatively rare chronometer type, but one that is very well-suited to our fitness-crazy society.
The watch is very similar to the Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chrono, L2.718.104.22.168, issued in 2013 for the brand’s 180th anniversary, with the same monopusher movement:
Case and movement
The polished stainless steel case is 40 mm in diameter, with 30 metres water resistance. The sapphire caseback reveals the L788 movement, made by ETA (ETA A08.L11), a monopusher chronograph. It is self-winding, and provides a 54 hour power reserve. It runs at 28,800 vph (4 Hertz). The watch has a brown alligator strap.
Price and availability
The Longines Pulsometer Chronograph, reference L2.801.4.23.2/4, costs €3,470. It is already available in boutiques.