Longines has released a 1930s-inspired addition to its Heritage collection; a calatrava-esque time-only model that's guaranteed to appeal to collectors.
The Longines Heritage range is well-known for mining a rich seam of the brand's history to dig out appealing references and re-work them for modern watch enthusiast tastes. That has given us the Legend Diver, Avigation BigEye and COSD in recent years among many others: reasonably-sized heritage-flavoured watches with very few date windows between them. Now, we have the 38.5mm stainless steel Longines Heritage Classic, a watch whose name is so extremely generic that all and sundry have taken to calling it the "sector dial" almost immediately.
And it's that dial that draws you in. With a two-tone inner and outer contrast between satin and silvered opaline, thick black hour markers, a cross-hair motif and Arabic numerals at the 12, 3, 6 and 9, oriented towards the centre of the dial, it fits a long-established template (used elsewhere by the likes of Jaeger-LeCoultre) that dates back to the mid 1930s.
In keeping with its 1930s inspiration the watch has a small seconds dial at six o'clock and basic, functional blue hands. The watch is powered by a new-to-Longines ETA calibre, here designated the L893.5, which has a silicon balance spring and a 64-hour power reserve.
The watch is available on a choice of blue or black leather straps, and comes with a NATO strap in the contrasting colour (i.e. anthracite NATO pairs with blue leather, blue NATO with black leather). The watch also comes with its own strap-changing tool, which is a nice touch. It is priced at £1,760.
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