Longines Spirit collection
The Longines Spirit collection is comprised of three-hand models as well as chronographs. Each watch features a silicon hairspring and COSC-certification. Moreover, the chronograph features a highly desirable column wheel. And yet, despite the impressive specification of each reference, all models within this new collection are keenly priced.
Longines has a prodigious history dating back to 1832. The luxury firm has been a resident of Saint-Imier in the French-speaking Bernese Jura since the company was founded. However, it was in 1867 when the company opened its first factory, housing an array of watchmaking skills under one roof.
Today, the company has an extensive product portfolio encompassing overtly feminine watches, sporty timepieces and exquisite ‘heritage’ models, inspired by watches of yesteryear. Longines belongs to the Swatch Group, a conglomerate with vast expertise when it comes to making timepieces and watch components. The economies of scale enjoyed by Longines and its parent company, allow the Saint-Imier based brand to deliver incredible value for money.
In addition, a further benefit of being a subsidiary of the Swatch Group is that Longines has access to incredible expertise within the group, allowing it to embrace new technologies often beyond the reach of smaller brands.
The new Longines Spirit collection is comprised of three-hand models as well as chronographs. Both types of watch are offered in an array of colours, feature silicon hairsprings and are COSC-certified chronometers.
The Longines Spirit Chronograph features the Calibre L688.4 incorporating a column wheel, much-loved by aficionados, but usually the preserve of costlier watches. The price of the handsome blue dial version is £2,380 (RRP as at 3.6.2020), justifying its inclusion on any horophile’s shopping list.
The brand’s press release (June 2020)
Longines watches and devices, thanks to their reliability, accuracy, robustness and original technology, have contributed to the success of numerous pioneering exploits. They have accompanied explorers on their journeys to the last unknown lands, defied extreme weather, navigated wild oceans and played a part in opening up new air routes and establishing aviation records.
Numerous explorers and aviators have placed their trust in and even entrusted their lives to Longines. The brand has equipped a host of adventurers with their precision tool watches: Amelia Earhart, PaulEmile Victor, Elinor Smith and Howard Hughes are foremost among those who benefited from its expertise as they conquered air, land and sea.
The Longines Spirit collection brings this rich heritage back to life. Linking history with innovation, the new models take traditional features from pilot’s watches and combine them with contemporary lines and codes. The oversized crown, the flange, the pronounced step around the crystal, the font of the dial, the diamond shape indexes and the large, luminous “baton” hands are all elements drawn from the days of pioneering aviation. Reworked and updated, they blend harmoniously with the overall contemporary design. In addition, great care has been taken with the various finishes on the details, whether brushed, matt, polished or in relief.
The Longines Spirit’s elegance is equalled only by its state-of-the-art technology. Longines has fitted this range exclusively with self-winding movements (L888.4 and L688.4) with silicon hairsprings to guarantee extreme accuracy and increased longevity. The calibres, with a power reserve of 64 and 60 hours respectively, are chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The advanced technology of this new collection is also complemented by the domed sapphire glass with multi-layered anti-reflective coating on both sides, screw-in crown, and engraved case back secured with six screws.
Available in three hand/calendar models (40 mm and 42 mm) and a chronograph (42 mm), it comes with a matt black, grained silver or sunray blue dial, all stamped with five applied stars. In the Longines tradition, this has always signified an improvement of the quality and reliability of the brand’s movements. Five stars is the maximum number that can be achieved. The case is adorned with a steel bracelet, or a leather strap in dark brown, light brown or blue. The three-hand/calendar watch is also available in a “Prestige” edition with three interchangeable straps (steel, leather and NATO in brown leather).
With the new Longines Spirit line, the winged hourglass brand proudly aligns itself, as its rich heritage entitles it to, with the legendary pioneers who placed their trust in it. The collection celebrates those heroes of the past and their state of mind that has never dated: one of an ambition to perform well and a quest for excellence.