Longines has a launched a Middle East edition of the Heritage 1918 timepiece that it launched at Baselworld 2016. The numbered edition is limited to 185 pieces as homage to the 185th anniversary of the St Imier brand.
The 1918 Heritage model draws inspiration from the original Longines “Bracelet-Chronograph” of 1918. The reissue follows the design codes of the early 20th century model which is reminiscent of pocket watches but features certain concessions to modernity. The case is a modern 41 mm now with a mirror polish finish and features a prominent cushion crown at 3. Refreshingly, the Middle East special edition does not have the date window that was seen on the 2016 version.
The wire lugs connect to the case at only one point and give the watch an almost floating appearance on the wrist. The white-lacquered dial is also reminiscent of the design used by pocket watches from this period, but with Arabic numerals in a varnished honey tint instead of the European ones found in the original model. A railroad chapter ring further emphasizes the vintage aesthetic. Like it does with its Heritage models, Longines gets the vintage aesthetic bang on with the reissues.
The dial uses blued steel Cathedral hands with that same varnished honey tint to indicate time. A small seconds hand with Arabic numerals again sits at the 6 o’ clock position. The watch is powered by Caliber L615, a mechanical self-winding movement based on the ETA 2895/2.
Longines scored big with its Heritage line this year when the Avigation BigEye Chronograph – inspired by a pilot’s watch the St. Imier brand made in the 1930s – won the Best Revival Watch prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie (GPHG) 2017 that was held earlier this month in Geneva.
The Longines Heritage 1918 Middle East edition is priced at AED7,300 ($1,987).