ongines watches and devices have accompanied explorers on their journeys to the last remaining unexplored lands, defied extreme weather, navigated wild oceans and played a part in opening up new air routes and establishing aviation records. The brand has equipped a host of adventurers with their precision tool watches: Amelia Earhart over the Atlantic, Paul-Emile Victor across Greenland, Elinor Smith at record altitude and Howard Hughes around the world.
The Longines Spirit collection brings this rich heritage back to life: the new models take traditional features from pilots’ watches and combine them with contemporary lines and codes. The oversized crown, the flange, the pronounced step around the crystal, the font of the dial, the diamond-shaped indexes and the large, luminous baton hands are all elements drawn from the days of pioneering aviation.
Longines has fitted the Spirit Collection exclusively with self-winding movements (L888.4 and L688.4) with silicon hairsprings to guarantee extreme accuracy and increased longevity. The calibres, with a power reserve of 64 and 60 hours respectively, are chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Available in three hand/calendar models (40 mm and 42 mm) and a chronograph (42 mm), the watch comes with a matt black, grained silver or sunray blue dial, all stamped with five raised stars. In the Longines tradition, this has always signified an improvement of the quality and reliability of the brand’s movements. Five stars is the maximum number that can be achieved.