Among the many things that make modern living great (hot running water, antibiotics, fashionable sweatpants) the ability to get on a plane and fly anywhere in the world – travel restrictions notwithstanding – is a biggie. In the 1930s, however, air travel was still a highly experimental form of transportation, and the pioneers who flew those planes had more in common with old time-y explorers than they did with the airline pilots of today. In the days before GPS, an accurate watch was essential to this dangerous job, and Longines made some of the best ones on the market. Nearly a century later, Longines remains a heavy hitter in the watchmaking game, and they haven’t lost their connection to those early days of aviation. Their new Spirit collection pays homage to the great pilots of yore in these three watches, which combine classic skyfaring looks with 21st century Swiss mechanical movements. Shearling jacket is optional.
Longines Spirit L3.810.4.53.0 Replica
Watches have come a long way since the 1930s, but the best designs of that decade still carry a lot of weight. For proof, check out this edition of the Longines Spirit, a luxury Swiss timepiece whose details come directly from the greatest pilot watches of the swing era. This classic three-hand calendar watch features big white numerals, diamond hour markers and “baton” shaped hands against a matte black dial, a powerful but understated combination designed to go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe. Subtler still are the pronounced step around the bezel, the vintage font and the red-tipped seconds hand, all of which you’ll appreciate more the longer you wear it. Inside the Spirit’s polished steel case (sized at a Goldilocks-approved 40mm) is a self-winding mechanical movement that, like every model in the Spirit lineup (and most of the best watches in the world), is chronometer certified by the COSC, the gatekeepers of Swiss watchmaking accuracy. Paired with a contrast-stitched brown calfskin strap, this watch is the definition of classic style-meets modern substance.
Longines Spirit L3.8126.96.36.199 Replica
Along with dark indigo denim, a slim navy blazer and a pair of minimalist white low-tops, few things in your wardrobe are going to work as hard for you as a three-hand steel watch on a steel bracelet. This edition of the Longines Spirit is such a watch, with dynamism that goes even further with two additional straps. The Prestige Edition includes an additional NATO strap as well as a leather strap that can easily be changed using Spirit’s quick-release mechanisms. All of this is packaged in an exclusive box that profoundly displays the Longines Spirit logo. Like all of the watches in the Spirit lineup, this one takes its styling cues from the iconic Longines pilot’s watches of the 1930s (the oversized screw-down winding crown, for one, is big enough to be operated with gloves on – perfect for unheated cockpits, but just as good for chilly winter streets.) At 42mm wide, this wears slightly larger than the 40mm model, giving you more room for the textured silver dial and vintage-inspired numerals to really pop. Like the 40mm model, this Spirit is powered by a self-winding automatic movement with a 64-hour power reserve, meaning you can keep it in a drawer for the weekend without having to reset the time. Not that you’d want to. Much like your favourite jeans and white kicks, this is a watch that’s made to be worn every day.
Longines Spirit Chronograph L3.8188.8.131.52 Replica
Chronographs – that is, watches with built-in stopwatch timers – were essential navigation tools for pilots in the days of leather hats and goggles, but their appeal hasn’t faded one bit in the smartphone era. Looking at the Longines Spirit chronograph, it’s not hard to see why. With three subdials set symmetrically around Longines’ winged hourglass logo, a blue sunray dial and a trio of mechanical pushers at 10, 2 and 4, it looks every bit like the precision instrument it is. Powering this 21st century mechanical chronograph is an appropriately modern automatic movement. It’s equipped with a silicon balance spring, an extremely thin coil that ensures constant and precise timekeeping, whether you’re at the stick at 30,000 feet or dreaming of white sandy beaches at your desk. As sturdy and functional as it is, however, the Spirit’s details – silvered sandblasted hands coated in glowing SuperLuminova, a case that’s alternately polished and sandblasted for optimal visual impact – reveal it as the finely-crafted luxury item it is. Looks, performance and style? Check, check and check. You are now ready for takeoff.