The 2016 Longines Heritage 1969 (ref. L2.310.4.72.0) is yet another bold attempt at reintroducing one of their many classic models for the modern audience.
War never changes. Watches, however, do. It is nice when reputable brands introduce all sorts of homages to the legendary WWII-time models that were issued for armies and navies of all parties involved. For obvious reasons, this 2015 Longines Heritage Military COSD (ref. L2.832.4.53/73.x) can’t be called a “reissue”. However, it is still a nice choice for a person who wants to buy a military-style timekeeper that doesn’t look like it came straight from the Call of Duty: Black Ops. This one was designed with a gentleman in mind.
At Baselworld 2015, Longines has expanded its line of vintage-styled timekeepers. Besides the gorgeous Tachymeter and Telemeter models that were first presented back in 2012, the brand will also soon start selling their new Longines Pulsometer Chronograph (ref. L2.801.4.23.2).
Based on one of their models from 1950s, the 2014 limited edition Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014 comes in a compact 35-millimeter case which is available not only in an expensive rose or yellow gold but also in a lot more affordable stainless steel. Combine it with a nice business dress and you have a clear winner.
With its lovingly reproduced look and feel of the original Longines CAF “aviator” that was first introduced almost 80 years ago (it was actually an evolution of one of their even older models from the 1920s), the 2014 Longines Heritage 1935 (Ref. L2.7184.108.40.206) gives you a perfect chance to own a timekeeper that perfectly blends the unique design language of the pre-war era with a modern technology.
The 2014 Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph (Ref. L2.7220.127.116.11) takes you in the same direction as their earlier cushion-shaped models: the 1970s. If you have always wanted a watch in a “cushion” or, perhaps, “tonneau” body, but always thought that Panerai and TAG Heuer chronographs look a bit too tiring with their deliberately repetitive, run-of-the-mill design, this is the one to consider.
The Longines Heritage 1973 Chronograph (refs. L2.718.104.22.168 & L2.722.214.171.124) collection is a homage to the classic 1973 chronograph. Although you can’t seriously call this new timepiece a “reissue,” it looks close to the original making it a serious competitor to vintage-styled chronographs introduced recently by Tudor and its arch-rival Tag Heuer.
This new Longines Heritage 1968 Square doesn’t look like a re-issue of a certain model that was released by the Swiss brand back in the 1960s. However, it looks more than a curt nod to the period when the Western civilization was reaching its peak giving a pretty good idea of how Longines watches of the time could have looked like if watchmakers of that time have had technologies of the XXI century.
I don’t know whether it is the postmodern lack of new ideas or an attempt to return to the brand’s roots, but, during the recent years, Longines shows a great interest in its past. There were dozens of vintage-styled models paying homage to the period starting in the 1910s and going all the way to the 1970s. This new Longines Avigation Oversize Crown GMT (Ref. L2.778.4.53) takes the “homage” idea a step or two further offering a well-balanced compilation of its 1920s trench watches.