Longines continues to expand on their Spirit collection with the new Zulu Time, equipped with a true GMT complication, 24 hour bezels, and a quick change strap system. The newest member of the Spirit family is presented in a trio of rich, deep colorways spanning black, blue, and green. The 5 stars remain at the bottom of the dial, and the same qualities we enjoyed in the original Spirit (reviewed here) are translated effectively to host a new compilation for the range. With case sizes that range from 37 to 42mm, and encompass time only models to chronographs, and now GMTs, there seems to be a Spirit for just about everyone, with the clear thread of aviation tying them all together.
When we refer to GMT watches, it’s generally understood that we’re talking about Greenwich Mean Time or, since 1972, Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). GMT, which is a timezone at longitude 0 degrees 0 minutes, is now a term used synonymously with the 24 hour complication (around watch folk, at least). In the military, the term Zulu is used when referencing UTC to keep things in sync throughout global operations. It’s still the mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, counted from midnight, but, you know, it sounds a bit cooler.