The newest release from Longines isn’t really new, but it is a pleasant twist to an already popular line. The Longines Spirit is a modern take on a classically styled pilot’s watch. Already available with dials in black, silver and blue, Longines is adding a nice emerald green to the lineup.
The Spirit’s stainless steel case comes in two sizes, 40mm and 42mm. The Spirit is definitely more robust than your traditional pilot’s watch (see Zach’s review here), with nice thick lugs that have sharp, polished chamfers and a broad smooth bezel to match. One of my favorite features is the oversized, deeply knurled crown that screws down. This of course harkens back to the day when pilots had to wear thick gloves when flying and needed a large crown so they could grip it. Today the gloves won’t be necessary unless you’re in a dog fight with the Red Baron in your open cockpit bi-wing, but it is a staple of the classic pilot’s watch and a nice touch.