First Ever Non-stop Solo Transat­lantic Flight

90 years ago, Longines timed the amaz­ing flight by Charles Lind­bergh

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This year, Longines is cel­e­brat­ing the 90th an­niver­sary of the first ever non-stop solo transat­lantic flight by Charles Lind­bergh and timed by the Swiss watch­maker. In the con­text of the cel­e­bra­tion of this ex­ploit in l’oiseau Blanc in Paris, Juan-car­los Capelli, Vice Pres­i­dent of Longines and Head of In­ter­na­tional Mar­ket­ing, pre­sented a num­bered and lim­ited 90 time­piece edition of its hour an­gle watch. Charles Lind­bergh con­tacted Longines to de­velop a watch de­signed to meet his avi­at­ing needs, thus the Longines Hour An­gle watch, a ver­i­ta­ble icon in the his­tory of the Swiss watch­maker was born. De­signed by Lind­bergh him­self in part­ner­ship with Longines, this watch al­lows for ac­cu­rate de­ter­mi­na­tion of the longitude

dur­ing long-dis­tance flights. As a re­sult, pi­lots and nav­i­ga­tors can find their ge­o­graphic location quickly, ef­fi­ciently and with great accuracy. This ex­tra­or­di­nary time­piece was reis­sued by the brand in 2002 and it is still one of its iconic Her­itage mod­els.

The Lind­bergh Hour An­gle Watch 90th An­niver­sary time­piece is avail­able in a num­bered series lim­ited to 90 watches. This ex­cep­tional ti­ta­nium and steel time­piece is in­tended for those who are pas­sion­ate about his­tory, ad­ven­ture and watch­mak­ing. The un­der­stated brushed sil­ver dial dis­plays the time on a “rail­track” minute cir­cle with painted Ro­man nu­mer­als, and fea­tures a 180° scale for cal­cu­lat­ing the longitude. A gal­vanic black ro­tat­ing cen­tral dial and a black PVD steel ro­tat­ing bezel com­plete the sys­tem. Equally as im­pres­sive as the orig­i­nal time­piece, this model mea­sures 47.5 mm, which makes it eas­ier to read and manipulate in the dark and when sub­jected to the vi­bra­tions that were com­mon to air­craft of the era.

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