The connection between aviation and Longines is almost as old as powered flight itself. In 1919, Longines was named the official supplier for the International Aeronautical Federation, developing accurate and reliable navigation instruments for aviation pioneers, timing records set by early flight explorers.
Providing pioneers like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Paul-Emile Victor, Elinor Smith, and Howard Hughes with precision tool watches, Longines’ bragging rights are indisputable. Longines inventions like the “Weems System of Navigation” and Charles Lindbergh’s Hour Angle watch brought about patents and opportunities, furthering the possibilities of amazing feats for brave pilots to break records in endurance, speed, and altitude.
Precision tool watches were used as indispensable navigational instruments, with special functions designed to synchronize with GMT signals or calculate longitude providing exact geographical locations. These days, onboard computers provide automatic readings for today’s pilots, but the enduring romance for these initial navigational watches remains.
Inspired by their own illustrious history, Longines introduces the Spirit collection as part of their comprehensive Sport line. Unlike the faithful reproductions of the Heritage line, the Spirit collection takes its cues from the design principles of these early tool watches. Still, it furthers the pioneering spirit by combining contemporary styling codes with the newest technology and functionality.
The look of a classic pilot’s watch is the Spirit starting point. The collection features recognizable details like the oversized crown, a pronounced step around the crystal, legible Arabic numerals, diamond-shaped indexes, and “baton” style hands. Inside, mechanical self-winding movements and silicon hairsprings provide greater accuracy and increased durability.
The extensive collection launches with 40 and 42 mm stainless steel cased three-hand models with date windows and a 42 mm chronograph. Optional matte-black, grained silver, or sunray blue dials are available with steel bracelets, leather, and NATO straps.
“I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty,” said aviator Amelia Earhart. Longines clearly takes this sentiment to heart as it plays a big part in their own history and DNA.
Available in three hand/calendar models (40 mm and 42 mm) and a chronograph (42 mm). Mechanical self-winding movements (Calibre L888.4 and L688.4) with silicon hairsprings for accuracy and increased longevity. 64 and 60-hour respective power reserves, chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Stainless steel (40 mm and 42 mm) with anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 10 bar (approximately 100 meters/328 feet). Screw-in crown.
Applied Arabic numerals applied to matte black, grained silver, or sunray blue dials, all stamped with five applied stars. Five stars being the maximum number achieved, signifying Longines’ internal quality and reliability standards
Available with a steel bracelet, leather straps in dark brown, light brown, or blue. Prestige edition is available with an interchangeable three bracelets/strap system.
USD $2,150 to $3,100.