The inauguration of Longines' museum went off like clockwork - as one would expect after 125 years of professional timing. In the presence of numerous stars of the sporting world, Walter Von Känel, Longines' Managing Director, made a relaxed presentation of the company's remarkable history and its total involvement in the world of sports' timing.
To mark the occasion, Longines has produced a Limited Edition of 125 sets of a two-timepiece collection entitled Honour and Glory. Housed in a maple wood presentation case, there is a large-diameter timer chronograph formerly used for timing sports events along with a brand-new self winding wrist chronograph.
Both dials have been deliberately and precisely harmonized, with 35 sets featuring silver brushed-finishing, 60 silver satin-finishing and 30 being opaline brushed-finished. The stamp-transferred black hour digits are classic Breguet figures and the hands are of blued steel.
The large format stopwatch is 66.50 mm in diameter, with a stainless steel case that houses a 24-line, 21-jewel chronograph movement with split-seconds feature originally produced in 1939 and still the most accurate mechanical movement ever built by Longines. It is based on its 24.99 chronograph calibre dating from 1908. Equipped with two centre chronograph hands, one for basic timing, the other, split-seconds. The dial has a seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock and a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o'clock. With its 18,000 vibrations per hour rate, the movement can clock times to one-fifth of a second.
The companion chronograph in 18 carat white gold has been styled to match the stopwatch. It has the same dial and hands and the movement (28,800 vibrations per hour) has a 42-hour power reserve. There is a seconds sub-dial at 3 o'clock, a 30-minute totalizer at 9 o'clock and a date aperture at 6 o'clock.