The fact that Longines Heritage editions generate more buzz than their modern releases is a testimonial of the Saint-Imier-based brand’s glorious past. Remember the buzz around the award-winning BigEye chronograph , the dressy 1945 Heritage and the sporty Legend Diver? The latest release that mines the brand’s archives for inspiration is no exception — the Longines Heritage Classic is inspired by a stylish model produced in the 1930s.
The most striking feature of the Heritage Classic is its sector dial. For the uninitiated, a sector dial features simple markings dividing a watch dial into sub-sections. A traditional sector dial includes concentric circles inside and outside the hour or minute markings with solid lines linking these circles at each. An hour sector would divide the space between these circles into 12 sections or sectors, while a minute sector has 60 sections, often with stronger markings on the hour.
The Heritage Classic uses a brushed stainless steel that is 38.5 mm wide. It is fitted with a box shaped-shaped crystal and is water-resistant to 30 meters. The style and case construction is true to the original watch that was produced in the 1930s.
The dial holds much of this watch’s allure. The silver opaline disc has an hour circle with a satin-brushed finish on which the Arabic numerals and chapter rings are printed. The outer ring along the edges of the dial have the same opaline finish as the center. Blue steel hands form a nice contrast on the dial and a small seconds hands is placed at 6 o’ clock. The date window, which has plagued many a vintage reissue model in the past, is conspicuously absent from this model; a sign that the product development team has been paying attention to feedback from enthusiasts.
As much as the watch’s styling harks back to the 1930s, the Heritage Classic does embrace modernity as evidenced by the silicon balance spring that oscillates inside. The self-winding movement, Caliber 893.5, is based on the ETA A31.501, and has a power reserve of 64 hours. The Swatch Group has introduced silicon balance springs in a lot of its brands including Tissot, Certina, and Mido in recent times.
The watch comes with two strap options, Ref. L2.8126.96.36.199 is paired with a blue leather strap while Ref. L2.8188.8.131.52 is paired with a black leather strap. Both versions come with an additional NATO style leather strap with a “denim effect”. Prices start at $2,100.