To celebrate the Year of the Wood Dragon, the winged-hourglass brand called on the talent of Chinese artist, Zinan Lam, to imagine an 888-piece limited edition.
For the first time ever, Longines unveils a watch honoring the new zodiacal and lunar era, which kicks off on February 10th, 2024. The dawning of the cycle of the Dragon, a symbol of good omen, comes to life through the Flagship Heritage Year of the Dragon series. This collector piece stands out with its domed dial, dressed in intense gradient-hued red that veers to black. In this flamboyant scenescape, the golden hour and minute hands hover over an hour chapter comprising eleven fine markers set off with the same solar hue. At 6 o’clock, the Moon phases are coupled with a hand-pointed date display. All these stylistic details endow this timepiece with an elegant personality enhanced with resolutely oriental-vintage adornments.
Zinan Lam, showcased as an emerging artist on the Chinese stage, takes on a contemporary approach here by creating a mix of traditional painting and Western graffiti. Yet, when it comes to the mythical creature’s head on this piece, he chose to be deliciously understated. This artwork decorates the screwed back of the 38.5 mm-diameter steel case. The Flagship Heritage Year of the Dragon model is driven by the L899.5 caliber. The presence of a single-crystal silicon balance spring makes this selfwinding movement insensitive to the negative effects of magnetic fields. What’s more, its optimized design means it boasts a comfortable power reserve of around 72 hours. When tradition keeps company with modernity.