Introducing The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Models
There are not many companies in Swiss watchmaking whose chronicle is as immense, and apparently as limitless, as that of Longines. Features from its chronicle have been commemorated in Heritage models that channel the past with little updates to things like size and the utilization of vigorous programmed developments. Consider Longines’ numerous new hits in this field, and quite a few humbly estimated, fan-most loved watches may come to mind: the Military Watch, the Skin Diver, the Legend Diver, and the Heritage Classic Sector Dial . I could go on. All things considered, I will.
Today, we can add two new Heritage models to this steadily developing list: the Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph – Tuxedo, and the Longines Heritage Classic – Tuxedo. As the names demonstrate, they’re minor departure from what may best be depicted as a spruced up topic, with dark and opaline dials matched with hardened steel cases. Also, since these watches are essential for the Heritage line, they highlight explicit models in the Longines chronicle. They’re planned after a couple of watches delivered by Longines in the center piece of the 1940s. Look at them below. One is a straightforward three-hander with little seconds, and the other is a comparable looking illustration of the unbelievable Longines 13ZN chronograph.
Two vintage Longines watches: A three-hander dating to 1945, and a chronograph dating to 1943.
Longines Heritage Classic – Tuxedo
The first of the new models is a 38.5mm round dress piece. It has a dial with a silver opaline focus area to appear differently in relation to a dark hours track with raised iridescent numerals. The little seconds sub-dial at six o’clock is pleasantly designed with a touch of snailing for visual contrast.
The decision of huge, neat hands and sufficient use of lume highlight a watch that may have been utilized out in the field, for instance in a military application, however the highly contrasting areas and generally Art Deco configuration give it a dressy vibe. The crown at three o’clock isn’t messed up with regards to the case using any and all means, yet it’s on the bigger side of things, as one may expect of a hand-wound watch. Longines ordinarily composes “Programmed” on its self-winding watches, however this is frequently deliberately forgotten about in the Heritage line, which it will outfit with programmed developments for advancement and comfort in any event, when respecting recorded watches that were twisted by hand.
Inside the Heritage Classic – Tuxedo is the Caliber L893 programmed development, which is Longines’ exclusive interpretation of the ETA A31.501. The development has a marginally strange recurrence of 25,200 vph and an extended power hold of 64 hours, and the escapement is fitted with a silicon balance spring. You can’t see the rotor for programmed winding or the cutting edge escapement, however, since the back is kept shut. The caseback bears the old fashioned Longines winged hourglass logo – tempus fugit.
In terms of size, 38.5mm feels spot on for a wristwatch that is expected to confer a vintage vibe and be worn today. It’s famously wearable as a cutting edge watch, however on the more modest finish of the spectrum. This is a truly dazzling interpretation of an exemplary mid-century vintage Longines with loads of period engage – look at those bored hauls. It has the dressy look proposed by its name, however I imagine that it likewise has regular potential. My solitary genuine analysis of this watch is its profundity rating of 30 meters. I’d expect something else, particularly given the shut caseback.
The Longines Classic – Tuxedo. Ref. L2.3220.127.116.11. Type L893 (ETA A31.501), 27 gems, 25,200 vibrations each hour. Force save of 64 hours. 38.5mm hardened steel case with 30 meters of water opposition. Silver opaline and dark dial with rhodium-plated iridescent hands and numerals. Dark cowhide tie. Cost: $2,000.
Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph – Tuxedo
The other model is especially energizing, since, in such a case that there is one complication that vintage watch darlings partner with Longines more than some other, it’s likely the chronograph, and explicitly the 13ZN. While the hand-wound 13ZN is not, at this point underway at Longines, this programmed, bi-compax chronograph hits the correct notes from a plan standpoint.
I haven’t got an opportunity to go active with this chronograph at this point, however I’m exceptionally eager to do so soon in light of the fact that its 40mm case with huge crown and pushers looks to me like it’ll have the perfect measure of heave to give the gravitas of an extraordinary mid-century watch plan. Shoehorning a vintage plan into present day creation limits can be something troublesome to do. On the dial side, I believe that Longines has worked really hard of keeping the extents and the dispersing of the subdials and the tachymeter scale right. The blending of a blued chronograph seconds hand with the blue tachymeter scale appears to me like it would make utilizing this capacity natural and readable. Furthermore, by and large, I can’t actually discover much at all to scrutinize here. I imagine that in the event that you showed a decent number of individuals the above picture and revealed to them that it was a watch from the ’40s, they’d accept you.
Obviously, the development inside isn’t a hand-wound mid-century exemplary like the 13ZN. Longines doesn’t make this sort of chronograph any longer, yet the type that they do utilize is the L895, a strong, programmed, ETA-based number that beats at 28,800 vph and has an all-inclusive force save of 54 hours (it’s an ETA type A31.L01/2892 with module). At $3,000, it’s hard to track down quite a bit of anything to contend with about this chronograph.
The Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph – Tuxedo. Ref. L2.818.104.22.168. Type L895 (ETA A31.L21), 37 gems, 28,800 vph. Force hold of 54 hours. 40mm treated steel case with 30 meters of water obstruction. Silver opaline and dark dial with tachymeter scale. Hours, minutes, and little seconds (at three o’clock). Chronograph with focal 60-second hand and 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock. Dark cowhide lash. Cost: $3,000.
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