Longines is well-known for being one of the vital prolific manufacturers in relation to paying tribute to its previous, and reissuing a few of its most superb classic fashions. All positioned underneath the “Heritage” assortment, there may be one watch on this vary that made fairly some noise when launched again in 2019, the Longines Heritage Classic Sector Dial. Compact, devoted, elegant and enjoying on 1930s inspirations, it was a right away success. Following the silver version, the winged hourglass comes again this yr with a brand new mannequin. Meet the Longines Heritage Traditional Black Sector Dial, and with the choice for a cool beads of rice bracelet.
The Longines Heritage Traditional is a watch that boasts all the weather of a typical 1930s piece. Suppose Calatrava-styled case with stepped bezel, straight lugs, two-tone dial with a so-called sector, combining markers and Arabic numerals, clear fingers and a central crosshair… No want to say that such classic watches are actually extremely sought-after throughout auctions, and Longines was no stranger to the manufacturing of such fashions pre-WWII. Certainly, the primary Heritage Classic of 2019, with its silver dial and blue contrasting parts was a devoted, but barely modernized replica of an precise classic Longines watch. And, as you possibly can think about, there have been additionally some variations (or comparatively shut fashions) with dark-coloured dials too. And this explains why, for the 2021 assortment, the model provides a Black Sector Dial version of its Longines Heritage Traditional watch.
The bottom for this Longines Heritage Traditional Black Sector Dial stays equivalent to the silver version, color of the dial excluded. This implies a comparatively compact stainless-steel case, measuring 38.50mm in diameter for about 10mm in peak. The form can be harking back to 1930s Calatrava watches, with straight lugs, a stepped bezel and a field sapphire crystal that mimics vintage plexiglass crystals. The case is usually brushed, leading to an understated look. Specs stay equivalent, with a strong metal caseback and a water-resistance of 30 metres.
What actually issues for this 2021 version is the dial. As soon as once more, Longines depends on basic classic codes, with a two-tone dial. Certainly, the central half is matte black whereas the hour chapter ring, which is framed by the sector and encloses the hour markers and numerals, is round brushed and charcoal-coloured. We discover again the central crosshair in addition to the small seconds indicator at 6 o’clock. All numerals and tracks are right here white printed and the fingers are polished and silvered-coloured. Similar to the case, this makes for a satisfying mixture of class and restrained instrumental design.
Hidden underneath the polished caseback with engraved logos and specs is a well known computerized motion, the calibre L893. This engine, primarily based on an ETA 2892 structure, is unique to Longines and comes with a number of upgrades to make it a extremely aggressive supply. The entire kinetic chain has been reworked, with a barely decreased frequency (three.5Hz or 25,200 vibrations/hour) and elongated energy reserve (72 hours). It’s also fitted with an anti-magnetic silicon stability spring. Notice that this motion has been developed particularly for the Heritage assortment, with a small seconds shifted downwards, with a purpose to respect the unique proportions of the classic fashions.
One other necessary evolution considerations the addition of a chrome steel bracelet choice. When the silver dial mannequin was launched, many homeowners rapidly eliminated the leather-based strap and determined to put on their Longines Heritage Traditional Sector Dial on aftermarket beads of rice bracelets – and rightfully so, because it actually enhances the design of this watch. Properly, Longines took observe and now comes with its personal model of a beads of rice bracelet, with alternating brushed and polished surfaces, straight end-links and a folding clasp with security pushers. The Heritage Traditional Black Sector Dial can even be out there on a cognac-coloured leather-based strap with a “pull up impact” floor, so the fabric will age and acquire patina.
The Longines Heritage Traditional Black Sector Dial (ref. L2.828.four.53.2 on leather-based strap and L2.828.four.53.6 on metal bracelet) will quickly be out there from retailers and from the model’s on-line boutique. It is going to be a part of the everlasting assortment and gained’t be restricted in manufacturing. It comes with a 5-year assure. The worth will probably be EUR 1,920, CHF 1,900 or USD 2,150 on leather-based strap and EUR 2,120, CHF 2,100 or USD 2,350 on metal bracelet.
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