First Ever Non-Stop Solo Transatlantic Flight
90 years ago, Longines timed the amazing flight by Charles Lindbergh
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.