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— Longines has for quite some time been very suc­cess­ful with re-edi­tions, and 2017, the same year Longines is cel­e­brat­ing its 185th an­niver­sary, doesn't seem to be dif­fer­ent, thanks to the re­lease of sev­eral vin­tage-in­spired pieces in the her­itage col­lec­tion.

Among these is the Flag­ship Her­itage 60th An­niver­sary 19572017, a clas­sic watch that goes back to the roots of the brand’s Flag­ship se­ries that first set sail in 1957.

Avail­able in steel, (solid) yel­low or rose gold, and mea­sur­ing 38.5 mm in di­am­e­ter, the new ver­sion com­bines many of the clas­sic el­e­ments of its pre­de­ces­sors: an el­e­gant case, a sim­ple crown and thin lugs, and, of course, a stamped car­avel (a 16th-17th Cen­tury Ibe­rian Penin­sula sail­ing ship) on the case­back, which has been the se­ries’ hall­mark from the be­gin­ning.

e dial uses a two-toned lay­out of a brushed sil­ver outer cir­cle and an in­ner matte sil­ver­white cir­cle, with the brand’s logo and the “Flag­ship” be­low. Ad­di­tion­ally, there are ap­plied gold hour mark­ers with Ara­bic nu­mer­als at each of the quar­ter hours, and faceted in­dexes for the rest; the dauphine hands are lu­mi­nous.

e Flag­ship Her­itage 60th An­niver­sary 1957-2017 is pow­ered by Longines’s au­to­matic Cal­iber L609 (based on the ETA 2892), of­fer­ing a 42-hour power re­serve. Each of the gold mod­els is lim­ited to 60 pieces, steel to 1957 pieces. Prices start at $2,175.

An­other mile­stone worth cel­e­brat­ing is the 90th an­niver­sary of Charles Lind­bergh’s his­toric non-stop transat­lantic flight in the “Spirit of St. Louis.” Longines has in­tro­duced a new ver­sion of its Lind­bergh Hour An­gle watch in a 90-piece lim­ited edition, for the first time with a 47.5-mm ti­ta­nium case.

e PVD ro­tat­ing bezel al­lows to ad­just for the daily vari­a­tions in the equa­tion of time, while a gal­vanic black disk in the cen­ter of dial ro­tates to syn­chro­nize the sec­onds with a ra­dio time sig­nal. e brushed sil­ver dial fea­tures a 180-de­gree scale for cal­cu­lat­ing the lon­gi­tude. e watch can there­fore be used to in­di­cate the hour an­gle in de­grees and in min­utes of arc, as well dis­play­ing the cur­rent time in hours, min­utes and sec­onds.

Longines has equipped the Lind­bergh Hour An­gle Watch 90th An­niver­sary with the Cal­iber L699 (based on the ETA A07.111 Val­granges). Price: SF5,000 (about $5,015).

Longines Flag­ship Her­itage – 60th An­niver­sary 1957-2017 in stain­less steel

Longines Lind­bergh Hour An­gle Watch 19272017 - 90th An­niver­sary

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