he new Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo creations, one with 3 hands and the other featuring a chronograph, are inspired by two historic pieces designed in the spirit of their time that have been modernised.
These were nicknamed “Tuxedo” by collectors, as the contrast of black and white on their dial reminds of the suits worn during the elegant and festive evenings of the time.
To respect the spirit of the original models, Longines has chosen here not to add the word “Automatic” on the dials. In keeping with the aim to create timepieces that are as faithful as possible to historical timepieces, there is also no date window on contemporary models, which are presented on semi-matt black leather straps, perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the era.
The Longines Heritage Classic – Tuxedo is available in two versions: a 3-hand model and a chronograph model.
The former stands out for the aesthetics of its dial, a typical and very popular design from the 1940s. An opaline silver disc surrounded by a sublime matt black circle of thin baton hands covered with Super-LumiNova®. The small seconds counter, located at 6 o’clock, is off-centre: this detail contributes to the charm of this 38.50 mm-diameter timepiece housing the L893.5 movement with its silicon balance spring, a guarantee of quality and precision.
The chronograph version displays matt black, opaline and midnight blue, colours as elegant as they are refined. Several zones feature on its dial, and a tachymetric scale - quite rare for a Longines watch - also enriches its circumference, just like on the original model. The Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph - Tuxedo houses in its 40.00 mm-diameter case a movement (calibre L895.5) developed exclusively for Longines Heritage timepieces. It is also equipped with a silicon balance spring.