The Heritage Military is a new addition to the collection featuring watches inspired by the history of Longines. A faithful reproduction of the design of a watch worn by members of the Royal Air Force.
Although the Heritage Military watch was shown confidentially to a few retailers and journalists last spring in the cosy atmosphere of the Longines stand at Baselworld, it was only this autumn that we got to see the timepiece “for real”. It joins the Saint-Imier watchmakers’ Heritage collection, including reissues and items inspired by the company’s archives. The new watch has an original history. It all began with an English collector. He was the owner of a 1940s-era watch that had belonged to Stanley Turner (1913-1985), an RAF pilot who was decorated for services during the Second World War. The collector showed the watch to Longines, and the company used it as the inspiration for the reissued Heritage Military.
The light-coloured dial, verging on the vanilla yellow with a touch of green, is as true to the original design as possible. It features an hour rim with curved Arabic numerals and a minute track, all painted black. In the centre, blued Poire-style hands display the hours, minutes and seconds, powered by the calibre L888.2. This automatic movement provides 64 hours of power reserve. To highlight the authentic spirit, small droplets of dark paint have been hand-sprayed on the dial to recreate the small traces of oxidation on the Longines watch owned by Stanley Turner.
The Heritage Military’s steel case, with a diameter slightly increased from 32.5 to 38.5mm, features a fluted crown and a curved bezel. It is worn with one of two green straps made either of vintage leather or NATO textile.
Price: 2,000 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin
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