LONGINES ON TRACK
With solid Swiss credentials stretching back to 1832, Longines has moved on from its aviation associations to become a regular timekeeper at equestrian events such as The Melbourne Cup and Royal Ascot. Ambassadors such as Simon Baker and Andre Agassi, along with accessible pricing, keep the watches in the public eye.
Anyone who has suffered the indignity of the South Morang line in Melbourne, or queued at Sydney’s Wynyard station, knows that sexiness and train travel hasn’t been seen since Sean Connery’s James Bond boarded the Orient Express with underrated Bond Girl Daniela Bianchi in From Russia With Love. Still, that hasn’t deterred Longines from drawing inspiration from a piece made for ’60s rail workers. Rather than tap into the bygone glamour of train travel, the ‘Railroad’ harks back to when efficient timing was required to avoid disasters on single lines, when Longines supplied watches to rail workers in Romania, Serbia, Iran, Italy, Chile, Canada, United States, Turkey and China.
The ‘Railroad’ checks in at 40mm, compared to the 35mm of its original incarnation. The movement has also been updated to the Eta-produced Longines calibre L888.2, with a 64-hour power reserve, which should be enough to cover even the lengthiest commute.
The off-white dial, 24 and 12-hour time scales, tapered hands and second hand with a curved tip result in a piece that’s true to the practicalities of its origins while delivering a contemporary, understated design. The last stop: flip the watch over for a quick nostalgia fix, with an engraving of a steam train on the case back.
GQ.COM.AU 83 RIGHT: STAINLESS STEEL ‘RAILROAD’ WATCH, $2350, BY LONGINES. LEFT: MAGNESIUM/ POLYMER ‘DIAGONO MAGNESIUM CHRONOGRAPH’ WATCH, $7100, BY BVLGARI.