Longines continues its hot streak this year with the release of two stylish watches inspired by models it created in the late 1940s. The new Longines Heritage Tuxedo collection debuts a three-hander and a handsome chronograph.
The Post-War era saw the dawn of a new hope across Europe and these two watches embrace the vintage design codes that made Longines such a popular watch in the mid-20th century. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Heritage Tuxdeo models.
The three-hander (Ref. L2.3188.8.131.52) uses a 38.5 mm brushed stainless steel case topped by a sapphire box-shaped crystal for a real vintage feel. The opaline silver disc has a matte black outer ring, this two tone combination is why this kind of dial is a called a Tuxedo dial. A small seconds hand is placed at 6 o’ clock and time is indicated by rhodium-plated baton shaped hands. The hands and Arabic numerals have a coating of Super-Luminova to ensure optimum legibility at night.
The watch is powered by the self-winding movement, Caliber 893.5. Based on the ETA A31.501, it has a power reserve of 64 hours and is fitted with a silicon balance. This movement was seen last year on the Longines Heritage Classic.
The Heritage Classic Tuxedo chronograph is a classic mid-20th century style timepiece and uses a 40 mm brushed steel case. The chronograph has a bi-compax layout and has the same opaline dial with the matt black ring seen on the three-hander. A 30-minute counter is placed at 9 o’ clock and a running second sits at 3 o’ clock. The color blue - seen on central seconds hand, the hands of the two chronograph registers and the tachymeter scale on the fringe of the dial – adds a pop of color to the dial.
While the 1940s chronograph was powered by the legendary 13ZN movement, the watch is powered by the self-winding Caliber L895.5 which is based on the ETA A31.L21 movement and produced specifically for Longines and seen earlier this year on the Heritage 1946 Chronograph. The movement has a power reserve of 54 hours and beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vph) and uses a silicon balance spring.
Both watches are depth-rated to 30 meters and is fitted with a solid caseback featuring 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.