If it regards trumpeting an illustrious past, few watch providers can match around Longines. The newest from Saint-Imier comes with an unparalleled legacy with producing mechanical timepieces and its Heritage line is a testament to the glorious past. Now the newest introduces a brand new area of Pilot’s watches that bring together its aviation heritage and modern watchmaking technology. Meet the brand-new Longines Spirit series. The company also made lots of air travel and Pilot’s watches in the 1930s and 1940s. The purpose being that Longines can claim real validity and whether it’s issued aviation-themed vintage-inspired watches within its Heritage collection, it has not had a Pilot’s Watch as a normal watch family up until today.
The newest Spirit set has three watches — two are just three hand automatics with a date complication in two case sizes and the third is a chronograph with a conventional column wheel movement. There are attributes common to the whole collection — an oversized crown, stepped dial, diamond shaped indexes, five applique celebrities (to signify that the chronometer-grade movements which use silicon hairsprings), large luminous baton hands, and applied luminescent numerals.
The entry watch in the line (Ref. L3.810.4.53.0) includes a 40 mm stainless steel case with a mix of polished and brushed surfaces. It is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on either side, a screwed in crown, and a closed caseback. The matt black dial has applied Arabic numerals full of SuperLuminova and mini diamond shaped hour indices. The dial includes a stepped flange that houses a 1 fifth of a second graduated scale. A distinct date window appears at 3 o’ clock and the red-tipped middle seconds hand provides a pop of color to the dial. The hours and minutes are signaled by silvered-sandblasted hands full of Super-Luminova.
As stated earlier, each of the moves used from the Spirit lineup are COSC-certified chronometers. Caliber L888.4, a self-winding movement dependent on the ETA A31.L11 movement, powers this view. In the end, it is paired with brown leather strap. The opinion is also available with a lovely grained silver dial (Ref. L3.810.4.73.2) paired with a brown leather strap plus a blue sunray dial (Ref. L3.810.4.93.3) presented utilizing a blue leather strap. Options are also available with a metal bracelet.
An upsized version of this watch is also offered in a 42 millimeter size. Though mostly identical, it’s likely to tell the difference in ratio from the fact that the 42’s dial features a date window that sits awkwardly next to the Arabic 3 numeral.
The chronograph watches version may also maintain 42 mm and has the same layout codes as the remainder of the family. In addition to the two mushroom-shaped pushers to function the chronograph, the instance has a screwed-in date corrector in 10 o’ clock. The tri-compax design sees a 30 minutes counter at 3 o’ clock, a 12-hour counter at 6 along with a running seconds hand in 9. A date window is awkwardly put at 4.30.
Caliber L688.4, a souped-up version of the ETA A08.L01, runs this watch. The movement has a standard column wheel chronograph structure and can be paired with a silicon hairspring. It has a power reserve of 60 hours along with an escapement that oscillates in 4 Hz (28,800 vph).
Though the 40 mm automatic date version is priced at CHF2,000 (Approx. AED7,650) while the 42 mm version reaches CHF2,100 (Approx.