It is definitely going to be a year of remakes! At the upcoming Baselworld 2011 show, Longines will reveal its new Twenty-Four Hours (ref. L2.7220.127.116.11) “aviator.” Featuring everything a die-hard fan of vintage style could hope for (well, perhaps sans the movement since the new version comes powered by a modern self-winding mechanism), the new timekeeper is a good example of a “vintage-modern” pilot’s watch that successfully combines historic styling with reliability and ease of use provided by modern technology.
In 1947, the French government sent several expeditions to explore both North and South Polar regions of Earth. Somehow missing the 60th Anniversary of the events and not willing to spend three more years waiting for the 70th Anniversary to happen, Longines has presented its vintage-styled Expeditions Polaires Francaises — Missions Paul-Emile Victor (Ref. L2.732.4.76.X) just for the fun of it.
It is not the first time that Longines brushes off some dust of its vintage-styled Charles Lindbergh chronograph model. First introduced in 1933 to mark its collaboration with the famous aviator, the Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage (L2.718.104.22.168) was re-issued several times with some minor tweaking to its vintage-style dial layout.
Starting as low as $2350 for a version with a leather strap, the GrandeVitesse Chronograph 24h is so far one of the most attractive “sporty” models from Longines. As usual, it features a robust and reliable caliber put inside a case crafted from high-grade stainless steel. What else would you expect from a watch that costs as high as $2.5K?