Longines has done it again!
Longines has just announced two new models inspired by historical pieces with the typical aesthetics of the regained freedom of the late 1940s. These models have been nicknamed “Tuxedo” by collectors, the contrast of black and white on their dial reminds us of suits worn during an evening.
To respect the spirit of the original models Longines has chosen here not to add the word automatic on the dials. In keeping with the aim to create timepieces that are as faithful as possible to historical timepieces, there is also no date window on contemporary models.
The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo is available in two models: a 3 hander model and a chronograph. The former stands out for the aesthetic of its dial, a typical and very popular design from the 40s. An opaline silver dial surrounded by a matt black circle of thin baton hands covered with super luminova. The small seconds at 6 o clock is off centre which contributes to the 38mm diameter. Powering the watch is the L893.5 movement with silicon balance spring.
The chronograph version displays matt black opaline and midnight blue colours as elegant as they’re refined. Several zones features on its dial and a tachymetric scale (quite rare for a longines watch) also appear on this piece. The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo is 40mm in diameter powered by the caliber L895.5 developed exclusively for Longines watches. It is also equipped with a silicon balance spring.
Reference numbers: L2.3126.96.36.199 (Time Only) / L2.8188.8.131.52 (Chronograph)
Case width: 38.5mm / 40mm
Movement: Calibre L893 (ETA A31.501) / Calibre L895 (ETA A31.L21)
Functions: Hours, minutes and small seconds / Hours, minutes and small second at 3 o’clock Chronograph: central 60 seconds hand and 30 minutes counter at 9 o’clock
Dials: Both silver opalin and black
Water Resistance: both 30 metres
Strap: Black leather for both
Price: £1,480 / £2,210
These two watches are simply Longines doing Longines. Their understanding, wealth of records and knowledge on their own history is unparalleled meaning time after time we see models like these Tuxedo examples. They’re A1 when it comes to new releases that look backwards. The watches themselves are fantastically priced, sized and good looking, it’s really refreshing to see a brand who massively understands what customer’s love about them and continue to create watches for them. Longines have now made some of their most desirable vintage watches now available for all!
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