Longines almost always gets it right with its Heritage revival models. In recent times it has produced some stellar vintage-inspired pieces including a classical field watch from 1938 and a sector dial number from the same decade. For 2020, the brand has unveiled a stylish chronograph that is inspired by a watch from 1946. So without further ado, meet the Heritage 1946 Chronograph.
It will surprise many but Longines has a history of making great chronographs in the 1930s and 1940s that were comparable to the ones made by haute horology giants like Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Vintage connoisseurs are known to go weak-kneed at the thought of a Caliber 13ZN-powered Longines chronograph.
The new reissue is inspired by an elegant chronograph made in 1946. The revival edition uses a 40 mm stainless steel case with a closed caseback. It has button pushers for the chronograph and is topped an elegantly domed sapphire crystal reminiscent of vintage watches.
Just like the original that inspired this timepiece, notice the domed silver opaline dial with the period-correct Longines branding. This watch has a bi-compax chronograph layout with a 30-minute counter at 9 o’ clock and a running seconds counter at 3. Time is indicated by blued leaf shaped hands set against painted ‘dolphin’ Arabic numerals in black and a graduated seconds track that is placed on the outer perimeter of the dial.
The watch is powered by an automatic chronograph movement Caliber L895.5 which is based on the ETA A31.L21 movement and produced specifically for Longines. The movement has a power reserve of 54 hours and beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vph). The closed caseback features an engraving of the brand’s logo from 1889 - a winged hourglass encircled by “EF Co Longines.” In case you are wondering, EF are the initials of Ernest Francillon, the man who ran the company from 1852 and under whose watch (pardon the pun), their manufacturing practices grew in leaps and bounds.
The watch is paired with a black leather with pin buckle. The watch is priced at $3,050.