Longines trace their origins back to 1832, and the values of tradition, elegance and performance are key to the brands identity and design. This year, Longines are celebrating their 185th anniversary with the 'On This Day' campaign – to find out what happened, click here for the Longines' history. We are telling our favourite stories too, with the 'Longines Time Machine' video series.

Why is this Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar so awesome?

Editor's note: Oftentimes, it seems as though the annual calendar complication is all too easily overlooked in the horological hierarchy of complications. GMTs, Chronographs – these are the most popular sorts of watches at the moment. But the annual calendar shouldn't be discounted … because it's wonderful. A while ago, we went HANDS-ON with Longines' Master Collection Annual Calendar, and these were our initial impressions:  There are few things I love more than a watch that surprises me. It's something that doesn't happen near enough for my liking, but it happened with this Longines. It was in the Longines booth at Baselworld, the first day of the fair. Trays and trays of watches had just been laid out in front of us and we were working out what to photograph and focus on. The new Legend Divers, obviously; cool new V.H.P. variants, a really sexy blue and gold Record. Then, the brand representative thrust something from the Master Collection into my hand. Steel, 40mm case, day-date display. Sure, it was nice, but a novelty? Not so much. I made polite sounds of appreciation and handed it back. No, she said, look again. And I did. I noticed the dial text first — 'annual calendar'… Read More

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"Watch & Act!" Auction Item – Lot 4: A classic from the Longines Heritage Collection

Longines Heritage

The Heritage Diver 1967 was released at the first Basel we attended as Time+Tide, so it holds special significance. It was also one of our favourite releases of the year, with its heft, heritage-correct styling and dashing colour scheme, it photographed beautifully and remains a solid submarine option in the truest sense. This watch is generously donated by Swatch Group Australia. Longines have got a lot of things right about this design, particularly on the dial. Sure, the original watch was a bi-compax chronograph with no date, but other than that, the handset is perfect (so '60s), and the indices and dial text are just right too. But the element of the dial that can go unnoticed to the untrained eye is that all three sub-dials are different. This mixes the dial up in a good way, and by having the hour register at six blend into the dial, the design preserves the two-register look of the original. Clever work, Longines. The bracelet, while solid, excellently replicates the sort of thin, folded bracelet you'd find on a vintage piece. And the aluminium bezel, with dominant elapsed minutes and smaller hour indicators, is a rich red, somewhere between oxblood and cherry…. Read More

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This Longines Heritage 1945 oozes old school charm

Editor's note: Hot off the heels of their latest release with the Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946, we thought we'd take a look at another smash hit from Longines' Heritage collection – the Longines Heritage 1945. Few watches unveiled in the last couple of years have nailed the vintage aesthetic quite like the 1945, and for good reason. Whether it be the brushed copper convex dial, blued steel handset or mid-tan nubuck leather strap, this watch just oozes antiquated charm. A few years ago, we went hands-on with the mid-century stunner, and these were our initial impressions.  One of the highlights on our Baselworld calendar is seeing what heritage re-release Longines has cooked up, and whoo boy, have they pulled out all the stops in 2017 or what. You're looking at the Heritage 1945, an absolutely on point interpretation of a mid-century dress watch. Based on a 1945 design called the Calatrava by collectors, this watch does everything right. Funnily enough it's the exact watch that Sunflowerman illustrated as part of the Watercolour Watch project back in 2015. The 40mm steel case is simple, and not overly fussy, with a flat bezel just the right width and a slender-yet-functional crown. The mid-tan nubuck… Read More

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Why is this Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar so awesome?

Editor's note: Oftentimes, it seems as though the annual calendar complication is all too easily overlooked in the horological hierarchy of complications. GMTs, Chronographs – these are the most popular sorts of watches at the moment. But the annual calendar shouldn't be discounted … because it's wonderful. A while ago, we went HANDS-ON with Longines' Master Collection Annual Calendar, and these were our initial impressions:  There are few things I love more than a watch that surprises me. It's something that doesn't happen near enough for my liking, but it happened with this Longines. It was in the Longines booth at Baselworld, the first day of the fair. Trays and trays of watches had just been laid out in front of us and we were working out what to photograph and focus on. The new Legend Divers, obviously; cool new V.H.P. variants, a really sexy blue and gold Record. Then, the brand representative thrust something from the Master Collection into my hand. Steel, 40mm case, day-date display. Sure, it was nice, but a novelty? Not so much. I made polite sounds of appreciation and handed it back. No, she said, look again. And I did. I noticed the dial text first — 'annual calendar'… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Longines Master Collection Ref. L2.673.4.92.0

Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. L2.673.4.92.0

Every year there's a couple of timepieces that, for one reason or another, slip under the collective radar of us watch enthusiasts. There were more than a few examples in 2019: think the Citizen Eco-Drive Caliber 0100, Rado Golden Horse, Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic … the list goes on. But the watch that tends to sound out louder than any other is this — the Longines Master Collection Ref. L2.673.4.92.0. Quite how people aren't screaming about this timepiece from the rooftops is nothing short of baffling and, much to my shame, I too didn't really give it a second thought either. But upon revisiting this complicated timepiece and getting to spend some time with it on my wrist, I must say, boy oh boy, was I foolish for not being more excited about it. Why? Well, simply put, and much like several other timepieces that piqued the collective interest of the horological community – it's down to the size of the case. You see, Longines already make a Master Collection with blue sunburst dial, but its stainless steel case measured a beefy 42mm. Now, however, Longines has seen fit to create the timepiece in a much more svelte and versatile 40mm… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946

Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946

2020 has barely begun and Longines has already come out swinging with this — the Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946. Representing the latest addition to the Swiss watchmaker's ever-popular Heritage Collection, the Classic Chronograph 1946 is a faithful re-creation of a timepiece Longines produced back in the '40s. The pared-back aesthetic of this homage piece is refreshing to say the least, with the simple opaline silver dial providing an arresting blank canvas, which Longines has adorned with two no-nonsense sub-dials, located at three and nine o'clock and displaying running seconds and a 30-minute counter, respectively. As is the way with so many other models in the Heritage Collection (think the Heritage Classic "sector dial"), Longines has seen fit to bestow the new 1946 with a charmingly antiquated blued steel handset, which is complemented with raised Breguet-style Arabic numerals and a diminutive chapter ring – further adding to the handsomely sparse look. Another boon of the new 1946 is its stainless steel case – it measures in at a popular 40mm across, ensuring optimum levels of bandwidth and accessibility. Capping the case is a domed sapphire crystal that has been treated with several layers of an anti-reflective coating, which should make… Read More

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Luke's 5 favourite watches of 2019

Watches Of 2019

I've certainly had less turbulent years. In 2019, I quit a stable job, hurled myself into start-up life and lived with my in-laws for 10 months (!) before moving into a house that can euphemistically be described as "a renovator's delight". I changed a gazillion nappies and failed miserably to persuade my two sons — aged one and two — to sleep through the night. Over the last 12 months I've rarely worked so hard or slept so little. That's probably why I was particularly drawn to vintage-inspired pieces this year. Their nostalgic designs hark back to a simpler time that, we imagine, was calmer, kinder and marginally less batshit-crazy. But I'm also now living right by the beach. That means that for the first time in my life, I've suddenly found myself hankering for a diving watch, something rugged and waterproof that can stand up to building sandcastles and retrieving small children from rock-pools. GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL SEVENTIES CHRONOGRAPH PANORAMA DATE Bow-chicka-wow-wow! That's the sound this retro-tastic chronograph would make if it could talk. Sadly, it can't. But we're prepared to overlook that minor disappointment on account of the wondrous green fumé dial — made at Glashütte's in-house facility in Pforzheim – housed… Read More

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