The Saint-Imier watchmakers Heritage collection continues to grow and embrace highly-attractive timepieces. This newcomer draws its inspiration from a 1947 piece imagined for sailors in the French Army.

longines heritage military marine nationaleIn the 1940s and 50s, the French National Navy commissioned sturdy, accurate watches from Longines. Reference 5774, boasting a 33.50 mm case perfectly addressed the military force’s desiderata. With its Heritage Military Marine Nationale unveiled this year, the winged hourglass brand now proposes a model that reiterates its elder sibling’s features along with a handful of stylistic details. In a nutshell, the steel case, waterproof to depths of 30 m, has gone for a more up-to-the-minute size, 38.50 mm, whilst the dial perpetuates a beige color with a slightly-sandblasted finish. The green-glowing, brown Super-LumiNova® -coated blued pair of hands hovers over an hour chapter comprising 12 Arabic numerals and an extremely accurate minute tracker. Like in the original piece, the seconds are animated by a central direct-drive with counterpoise. The ensemble is soundly protected by a domed sapphire crystal.

longines heritage military marine nationale closeupTime data, ever-so easy to read in this pared-down scenescape, is driven by a modern selfwinding mechanical movement equipped with a silicon balance spring. The L888.5 caliber beats at a rhythm of 25,200 vibrations an hour and delivers a power reserve of 64 hours.

longines heritage military marine nationale lifestyleAnd, to boost its vintage style even more, the Heritage Military Marine Nationale is complemented by a cognac-hued leather strap clasped by an ardillon buckle. What’s more, Longines proposes the watch in a limited 200-box-set edition complete with a second NATO-type strap. A pure delight for nostalgia-loving at-sea and on-land adventurers!

Price: EUR1,920 www.longines.ch

By Dan Diaconu




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