Today, Longines revisits a model typical of the 1930s – characterised by the aesthetic of its sector dial – to bring forth The Longines Heritage Classic. The long and rich history of Longines is written into each of the brand’s designs. Each piece produced over the years is part of the Swiss watchmaking identity, a historical legacy that Longines has always strived to preserve and highlight. That is why it regularly draws on this patrimony to inspire its Heritage line.
Chris Beccan is a watch collector and journalist who writes about all things vintage watches and whisky. He is particularly driven by aesthetics and has quite a developed taste for design. As well as being a journalist, Chris has built quite a name for himself as a photographer within the horological community, amassing an instagram following of over 30,000. Chris has written some extensive content about important Longines watches on numerous occasions. His episode takes place predominantly at the Barbican in London, one of the city’s most iconic complexes, featuring a brutalist design and housing creatives and creative institutions alike. Being a particular fan of architecture and worldly design, this location was chosen by Chris to reflect his interests.
“Longines have a long history of making some of the most aesthetically pleasing watches in my humble opinion, so when I first laid eyes on The Longines Heritage Classic timepiece, I was rather taken aback. This new piece has the perfect mix of yesteryear and modernity of today. The inspiration of the case design comes from an era where these watches weren’t just mere time telling devices but actual tools and the simplicity in its design lends to its utilitarian purpose. The balance of the sector dial is pure genius, with not only contrasting tones but contrasting textures of smooth and brushed. When I looked closer and saw the slightly raised painted numerals, it was rather pleasing to see that Longines had added this detail…”
With a streamlined design, this new creation perfectly respects the 1930s spirit of the piece that inspired it. In particular, it reflects the aesthetic of its sector dial in a subtle balance of colours and lines. A silvered opaline disk – with a glow that emphasises the fine blued steel hands – stands out at its centre.
“The hour circle, adorned with Arabic numerals and hour markers, appears on a satin-finished silvered disk. A fine edge, also in silvered opaline, surrounds the hours. Another significant detail of the dial is the small seconds counter in striated silvered opaline, characterised by its size and remarkable position: a wished faithfulness to the original model.”