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.

INTRODUCING: The Longines Heritage Military 1938

Longines Heritage Military 1938

Longines is on an absolute roll in 2019, and it seems like only yesterday that we were treated to one of their hottest watches of the year – the sector dial Longines Heritage Classic. Not wanting to rest on its blue-handed laurels, Longines has just dropped this bombshell of a vintage reissue, and they're calling it the Longines Heritage Military 1938. Based on a Longines military watch that was made on the cusp of the Second World War in 1938, this homage piece is ticking all the right boxes of a great mil-spec wristwatch. The case is hewn from stainless steel and takes several styling cues from the original Swiss military watch, such as a bevelled bezel and quintessential onion-shaped crown. And unlike the aforementioned Longines Heritage Classic, the new Heritage Military 1938 is not a small watch, measuring in at a sizeable 43mm across, ensuring wrist presence. The dial has been given the same aesthetic treatment as the original, and features creamy baton hands and yellowed Arabic numerals, both of which are covered in a coating of Super-LumiNova, and set against a granular black background. There's a simplistic and period-correct running seconds sub-dial located at six o'clock, and a… Read More

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5 Longines heritage timepieces for every occasion

Longines offer a great many different styles of timepieces across five unique collections in their portfolio of wristwatches. And while each of the five collections provides a distinctive interpretation of what a timepiece should offer, in my opinion, the Swiss watchmaker's Heritage collection resonates the most with horological enthusiasts. These are the timepieces that hark back to some of Longines' most important watches of the last century and, more importantly, while the aesthetic presented is decidedly vintage, the innards of these Heritage watches are bang up to date, offering the latest and greatest engineering cred that the Longines has to offer. And when you can combine vintage flair with modern reliability and accuracy, it really is a "have your cake and eat it too" scenario. Anyway, with all this in mind, here are five examples of Longines Heritage timepieces that tick all the boxes of a great collection, no matter the context: The Dress Watch – Longines Conquest Heritage   Every good watch collection needs a decent dress watch. And when we say decent, that means leather band, minimal complications, a case size preferably no bigger than 40mm and an arresting dial design. This Longines Conquest Heritage meets this criteria… Read More

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Just in time for the races: The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878

The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878

Paying homage to an affiliation that has spanned more than century, Longines has created a limited edition pocket watch honouring equestrian racing — the Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878. Hewn from solid 18k rose gold, the equestrian-themed pocket watch is said to imbue the Swiss watchmaker's passion for horse racing, and features an engraved motif of a horse and jockey on its case back. Limited to just 20 pieces in total, the Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878 is actually an exacting replica of the first pocket watch Longines ever produced with a chronograph complication. And, according to Longines, this early adaptation of what would go on to become one of the most important complications in both pocket watches and wristwatches alike, meant that their pocket watches were very popular items at racetracks across North America in the twilight of the 19th century. True to the original, which is kept at Longines' museum in Saint-Imier, the exclusive pocket watch's dial is very traditional, and features slim Roman numerals and an Arabic minute tracker decorating the crisp white dial. The steel hands on the Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878 are finished with a distinctively blue hue, and the sub-dial, which displays… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Longines Heritage Military 1938

Longines Heritage Military 1938

Longines is on an absolute roll in 2019, and it seems like only yesterday that we were treated to one of their hottest watches of the year – the sector dial Longines Heritage Classic. Not wanting to rest on its blue-handed laurels, Longines has just dropped this bombshell of a vintage reissue, and they're calling it the Longines Heritage Military 1938. Based on a Longines military watch that was made on the cusp of the Second World War in 1938, this homage piece is ticking all the right boxes of a great mil-spec wristwatch. The case is hewn from stainless steel and takes several styling cues from the original Swiss military watch, such as a bevelled bezel and quintessential onion-shaped crown. And unlike the aforementioned Longines Heritage Classic, the new Heritage Military 1938 is not a small watch, measuring in at a sizeable 43mm across, ensuring wrist presence. The dial has been given the same aesthetic treatment as the original, and features creamy baton hands and yellowed Arabic numerals, both of which are covered in a coating of Super-LumiNova, and set against a granular black background. There's a simplistic and period-correct running seconds sub-dial located at six o'clock, and a… Read More

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INTRODUCING: Longines Heritage Classic with "Sector Dial"

Longines Heritage Classic "Sector Dial"

Amidst the morass of vintage reissues that almost all brands seem to have tried their hand at recently, Longines has been successfully combing their archives for the best examples that translate to current tastes, and have done so with good success in recent years. Even in the context of their well-executed reissues of military, chronograph and diving watches of their past, their latest dip into the history books has to be one of their best, as well as one of the nicest looking watches of 2019. I would like to introduce you to the Longines Heritage Classic with a "Sector Dial". The design is based on a watch that Longines is reported to have produced in 1934, an example of which is housed in the Longines Museum in Switzerland. What is most exciting about this watch for the watch-collecting community, however, is it shows that a large brand like Longines is listening to the suggestions of enthusiast groups, not just producing watches that will appeal to the mass market. The reason the Longines Heritage Classic "Sector Dial" hits the nail on the head so successfully is because it expresses the answer to pretty much all the frustrated (putting it politely)… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Longines Conquest Classic – a watch for women that lives up to the name

For Longines, elegance is an attitude — and that's something they've embodied very nicely indeed with the new Conquest Classic, a watch made with exceptional women (and exceptional wearability) in mind.  The Longines Conquest Classic is offered in two case sizes — 29.5mm and 34mm — and in diamond or non-diamond options. The case is (for now) steel, and the dial options offer a sweep of stylish options: sunray blue black or silver, as well as mother-of-pearl in black or white.  And while the diamond and the dial colour options tweak the overall vibe of the watch, it's a tweak, and the overall appeal of this Conquest comes from the solid, easy elegance of its design. A classic round case with distinguished, softly flared lugs and a nice, broad bezel, accompanied perfectly by the versatile H-link bracelet. It's a classic recipe for success — a solid base that can be adapted and flavoured to taste.  Longines Conquest Classic price Longines Conquest Classic, from $1175 AUD

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The old-world charms of the Longines 1832 Moonphase

We've been having a bit of a lunar week with Longines this week — checking out their new Master Moonphase in the boutique and in our studio. And we thought we'd stick with the theme this Friday. Today we're taking a closer look at the stylish, chic and generally handsome Longines 1832 Moonphase. If the Master Moonphase is a contemporary piece with heritage notes, the 1832 is the other way around: strong, full-bodied heritage overtones with solid underpinnings of modern construction. To me, the whole package exudes old-world charm, but it's the dial that sings strongest. The dial is beige, with a finely grained finish, that looks incredible up close. On this matt surface there's a whole lot of charming applied features — the winged hourglass logo, with finely printed text on either side, the faceted, polished, chocolate-block-like hour markers and even the minute dots. All these elements play together to add to the overall air of sophistication and polish, The polished arrow-shaped hands, with small lines of Super-LumiNova, work well in this context. And the well-proportioned moon and date display, nestled in the lower half of the dial, adds in some colour and breaks up the expanse. There's a reason… Read More

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