Swiss watchmaker Longines are digging deep into the history books for their latest Baselworld 2016 novelties pieces. This rich heritage is faithfully and elegantly reproduced in two historic pieces made for the modern who appreciates vintage watchmaking in its purest form. Forget twenty year anniversary models, Longines is heading all the way back to the early 1900s.
These are the two sensational pieces to come from Longines at Baselworld 2016.
This year Longines took the opportunity to pay tribute to one of their most iconic pieces which helped form the backbone of the name during its early existence. The Heritage 1918 is the stunning result, a watch which draws directly from the brand’s rich history and remodelled for today’s world. The unique design is truly a standout amongst all of the other watchmakers and features a winged hourglass which echoes the first bracelet-chronographs created by Longines.
The dial itself is a work of art which takes after those found on pocket watches during that era. Refinement, elegance and history all come together within a single timepiece. On the face you’ll find a white lacquered polish finish with honey coloured Arabic numerals whilst the hands are finished in blue steel. The 1918 features an automatic winding mechanical movement, Calibre L615, which has a power reserve of 42 hours. This drives the hours and minute hands whilst a small seconds and date window sits at the 6 o’clock mark. Holding this movement is a 38.5mm (stainless steel) and 41mm (stainless steel/diamonds) case which is water resistant for up to 30 metres. The strap that accompanies the 1918 is a honey-coloured alligator skin with buckle which further exudes extravagance.
The adventures of railroad travel gets the nod from Longines in their latest vintage timepiece. The original watch was not just associated by name as it was put forward to the services of the railways at the beginning of the 20th century. The railroad watch of the time was worn by the employees of many railway companies in Romania, Serbia, Persia, Italy, Chile, Canada, the United States, Turkey and China.
As punctuality is required for any form of rail exploration, Longines has focused on producing a precise and high quality watch which merges vintage styling with modern expectations. On the dial of the Railroad (REF.L28034230) you’ll find an off-white polished face with 24 black painted Arabic numerals whilst the hands are finished in gloss lacquered black. A 40mm steel case comes complete with engraving on the back inspired by the original decorations found on the old 1920s pocket watches. An automatic winding mechanical movement (Calibre L888.2) with a 64 hour power reserve drives the hours, minutes and seconds. The watch is water resistant up to 30 metres. The strap that complements the watch is a black alligator strap with buckle for the classic.