This year at Baselworld 2016, Longines issued a surprising pair of new releases, taking their already impressive Heritage line deep into the brand’s rich past.
Longines Heritage 1918
First up is the Longines Heritage 1918. Drawing inspiration from the original Longines “Bracelet-Chronograph” of 1918, the Heritage 1918 is a handsome interpretation of early 20th century design. The case (available in both 41mm and diamond-studded 38mm women’s versions) is a simple, circular piece with mirror polish, calling to mind a pocket watch case, with a prominent cushion crown at 3. The wire lugs are almost completely contained, connecting to the case at only one point and giving the watch an almost floating appearance on the wrist.
Dial design is pure Art Nouveau-era ornateness, with brightly blued cathedral hands above a lacquer white dial with bold painted numerals. Both the handset and numerals are filled with a deep honey brown varnish, adding to the antique feel, and are framed by a railroad minutes track. A small sub seconds dial at 6 adds some texture to the dial with a concentric circle pattern, while a simple counterweighted blued stick handles timekeeping duties. Just below the sub seconds dial at 6 is a beveled date window, a feature that I can’t help feeling slightly disrupts the balance of the design. I’d love to see a no-date version of this one.