Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary

Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary

The Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary celebrates 90 years from Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis aircraft. He left Roosevelt Field, an airport near New York, at 7:52 on 20 May 1927, and reached La Bourget airport near Paris 33 and a half hours later. It was the first…

Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935

Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935

You could say that Longines is becoming specialized in monopusher chronographs. The Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 is a variant on a chronograph already in the collection, featuring the crown-wheel movement developed exclusively for Longines by ETA, the movement constructing company that, like Longines, is now part of Swatch Group. Avigation Type A-7 has a…

Longines Heritage Military

Longines Heritage Military

Longines have once again looked into their archives, and have created a new version of a classic early 20th-century military watch. The result, Longines Heritage Military, is a distinctive watch with attractive looks created above all by the characteristic Arabic numerals. It’s close to the early pilot’s watch style. In the new piece (on the…

Longines Heritage 1918

Longines Heritage 1918

Longines continues to look back into its past and revive vintage models. Why? Because that’s what their market wants. The Heritage Railroad was a great success at Baselworld, meaning that they received an encouraging volume of advance orders from distributors. This piece has the same sort of vintage feel, in this case running back to…

Longines RailRoad

Longines RailRoad

Watch companies have different approaches to re-editions. IWC, for example, prefers to redesign its historic pieces so that there is at least something new and you can easily tell the difference between the old and the new watch. Longines, whose new watches are predominantly classical pieces inspired by products from its past, prefers to retain…

Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878

Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878

In 1878, Longines made a pocket watch with its own 28 calibre movement, the first of its chronograph movements. It was used on American racecourses, and from the start this was its intended use, as shown by the engraving of a horse and jockey on the caseback. The remarkable thing about that pocket watch is…

Longines Symphonette

Symphonette is a new series of women’s watches by Longines. The name is a reference to part of American radio history. In the 1940s, the Swiss watch brand Longines sponsored a series of classical music radio broadcasts named The Longines Symphonette, on Mutual Broadcasting System stations from 1943 to 1949, and then on CBS until 1957.…

Longines Conquest Jumping

Longines are very active in the world of showjumping, and this watch was made specially to time the performance of a horse and rider in a showjumping competition. Its major characteristic is that it can measure lengths of time to the nearest one-hundredth of a second, by means of a quartz movement, which enables the…

Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph

This is a new edition of a historic Longines chronograph present in the brand’s museum and dating back to the first half of the 20th century, with a steel case housing a column-wheel chronograph with a single pusher within the crown, and with a tachymetric scale on the dial. It is available in two versions,…

New look for the Longines Conquest Classic

I photographed this watch at a Longines presentation, but, just as for the same brand’s Heritage Military COSD pilot’s watch, for the 2015 version of the Conquest Classic there are as yet no images from Longines and no information. This is a restyling of the Conquest Classic, a watch that has the possibility of showing…

Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase

This watch by Longines is an existing model that has been slightly redesigned for the 2015 collection, the latest addition to a series that has existed from 1954. It is a watch that has a lot going on, with chronograph, annual calendar and moonphase, with each of the three subdials providing more than one function.…

Longines Heritage Diver 1967

This is almost a diving watch, in the sense that it offers nearly all the features required by ISO 6425, but not quite all of them. For example, an ISO 6425 diver’s watch requires that the hour and minute hands be distinctly different, and in this watch, they are pretty much the same except for…

Longines Heritage Military COSD

This is a watch presented this year by Longines, a new edition of a very rare 1940s watch known as the “Big Indian” of which just 200 pieces were made and sent to India for use by the British forces. That model had the manual Longines calibre 12.68 movement. The new watch is a classic…

Longines Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases

Longines has a massive catalogue of watches, but there is one series in particular that I find very original. The Longines Master Collection Retrograde was presented in 2011, and its combination of classical finish and the relatively rare retrograde display give these watches a Breguet-like prestige far beyond their price tag. The numerous blued hands…

Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

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…

Longines

Company profile: Longines traces its existence back to 1832, but in actual fact the brand name and the hour-glass logo first appeared in 1867. Auguste Agassiz joined a watch component trading company, Comptoir Horloger Raiguel Jeune, in Saint-Imier (Switzerland) in 1832, and in 1833 he took over the business. The newly-formed company, Comptoir Raiguel Jeue…

Longines Conquest 1/100th Horse Racing

I was excited when I saw news about the Longines Conquest 1/100th Horse Racing, a chronograph with a hand that indicates elapsed time to the nearest one-hundredth of a second. Then I saw that it’s a watch with a quartz movement and I was less excited, but even so, it’s a piece with an attractive function, designed…

Longines Avigation

Longines is a remarkable company. They are top in the world in a specific price bracket, from 900 to 3,000 Swiss francs. Their brand image is superb, nurtured by a careful selection of brand ambassadors who help reinforce the Longines defining slogan, “elegance is an attitude.” Their industrial strategy is well-planned: they use Baselworld not…