2021 was yet one more sophisticated yr for watchmaking, and never all manufacturers had been as energetic or artistic as they may have hoped. Most of the established watchmakers have been taking part in it protected, adopting conservative insurance policies or just suspending main launches for higher days. But others have proven spectacular reactivity and introduced stable collections in 2021, and Longines definitely is considered one of them. At this time, in a recap article, we’ll take a more in-depth have a look at probably the most engaging watches which have been launched by the winged hourglass (a.ok.a Longines) in 2021. And sure, we’ve got a smooth spot for its heritage assortment. Responsible as charged!
The Longines Avigation BigEye Titanium
This mannequin isn’t per se a brand new watch, however extra a brand new model of an present mannequin launched about 4 years in the past. First introduced in chrome steel with a basic black dial mimicking an elusive historic mannequin, the Avigation BigEye returned this yr in a brand new model with new supplies and hues. And whereas it could sound like a light-weight replace at first, the result’s fairly completely different from the unique mannequin. Now manufactured from titanium, leading to nice consolation and an much more instrumental look, the Avigation BigEye Titanium comes with a gradient blue dial with a powerful grainy floor, vintage-coloured luminous parts and contrasting black sub-dials. There’s not a lot historic faithfulness anymore, however sure, the result’s extremely engaging and authentic. Inside, no modifications, as it’s nonetheless powered by the wonderful proprietary hand-wound, column-wheel calibre L688. And the value, contemplating what you get in return, is greater than truthful… However that’s what you’d anticipate from Longines.
Fast information: 41mm x 14.5mm – grade 5 titanium case, brushed and polished – 30m water resistant – petrol blue gradient dial, grained texture – calibre L688, base ETA A08.L01 – automated column-wheel chronograph, 4Hz, 54h energy reserve – brown easy calf leather-based strap – ref. L2.822.214.171.124 – EUR 3,230
The Longines Silver Arrow
2021 was not the primary time we’ve seen a replica of the emblematic Silver Arrow watch; this already occurred in 2009. Nonetheless, this yr’s imaginative and prescient of the re-edition is much extra legit and ticks many containers. A watch born in 1955, the Silver Arrow was a fairly futuristic watch again within the days with a daring mixture of placing parts and an total class. For 2021, Longines has determined to deliver again this superb mannequin with its standard dedication to faithfulness tailored to trendy tastes. The design is dominated by a pointy and pointy case, mixed with a dial that’s filled with particulars – have a look at these striated utilized markers… The result’s a neo-retro stylish watch of 38.5mm, with appeal and modern specs, together with the model’s proprietary calibre L888.5 with an prolonged energy reserve and antimagnetic properties. The most effective of each worlds and an plain air of class.
Fast information: 38.5mm x 10mm – chrome steel case, polished – 30m water resistant – domed silver dial with opaline end, striated utilized markers – calibre L888.5 (base ETA A31.L11) – automated, 3.5Hz, 72h energy reserve – brown matte calfskin leather-based strap – reference L2.8126.96.36.199 – EUR 1,950
The Longines Heritage Basic Black Sector
Already when it was launched with a silvery-white dial a few years in the past, the Heritage Basic Sector dial made fairly an impression on the MONO’ crew. The mix of a basic look, typical Nineteen Forties vibe and trendy specs with a terrific value sealed the deal. However Longines determined to strike even tougher this yr by releasing a black dial model on a beads-of-rice metal bracelet. And if the recipe is roughly the identical, the result’s merely gorgeous. The look, a fairly stunning mixture of classic parts and a splash of modernism because of the graphic dial, is very engaging. So is the Calatrava-shaped brushed case with its restrained proportions. The black dial provides extra presence to this watch, and the BoR bracelet with straight end-links provides the ultimate contact. Inside is the automated calibre L893 with an prolonged energy reserve and a silicon hairspring. A fantastic Nineteen Forties-inspired watch with the reassurance of recent watchmaking and a really cheap value.
Fast information: 38.5mm x 11.5mm – chrome steel case, stepped bezel, brushed with polished accents – 30m water resistant – two-tone sector dial in black and charcoal gray, polished silvered arms – calibre L893 (base ETA A31.501) – automated, 3.5Hz, 72h energy reserve – beads-of-rice chrome steel bracelet or cognac-coloured leather-based strap – reference L2.8188.8.131.52 on leather-based strap and L2.8184.108.40.206 on metal BoR bracelet – from EUR 1,920
The Longines Spirit Titanium
The Longines Spirit, a model new assortment impressed by pilot’s watches of the previous with out being a part of the Heritage assortment, was definitely a terrific addition to the lin-up. And though there have been many optimistic parts on show, it by no means felt fully proper for us right here, at MONOCHROME. The look was a bit too chilly, the load a bit too heavy, and the date window a bit off. However the editions launched this yr have solved the whole lot, and we’re now the very best of the Longines Spirit watches within the new titanium variations. Crafted from grade 5 titanium, it’s mild and properly completed with a darker color that provides an instrumental look, but with refined particulars resembling the big polished bevels. The dial now reveals a cool anthracite color with a sandblasted floor together with gold-plated arms and numerals, including the required contact of heat. Lastly, the date has been eliminated, making the dial much more balanced. All of that comes with a contemporary, antimagnetic, highly effective COSC-certified motion and a refined execution. And it’s obtainable both in 40mm or 42mm and with a titanium bracelet or a nylon strap, relying in your preferences.
Fast information: 40mm or 42mm – grade 5 titanium case, brushed with polished accents – 100m water resistant – anthracite sandblasted dial with utilized Arabic numerals and arms plated in 1N gold – calibre L888.4 (base ETA A31.L11), proprietary, chronometer-certified by COSC – automated, 3.5hz, 72h energy reserve – titanium bracelet or anthracite woven nylon strap – reference L3.810.1.53.2/6 or L3.8220.127.116.11/6 – from EUR 2,550