The watch world is definitely enjoying a heritage binge with vintage-inspired timepieces the dominant trend throughout the industry. You might think the end of this trend is on the horizon, but when you appreciate how deep some manufacturers’ archives are, you start to realise that the fun has only just begun. Longines, for example, is a brand with an immense watchmaking history and a vast catalogue of retired designs ripe for revival. But what can be even more interesting than a 1:1 recreation of a vintage reference is a reinterpretation that leverages the framework of the past but ushers it into a newer build and aesthetic. Longines has done exactly that with the Longines Avigation BigEye, blending a historical chronograph reference with an on-trend blue dial and modern titanium case.
The titanium case of the watch is 41 millimetres in diameter, 14.5mm thick and entirely satin-brushed to give it a more utility-driven finish. The boxed sapphire crystal adds a bit of height to the watch, but contributes really well to the vintage theme. In terms of the water resistance of the case, it is rated to depths up to 30 metres.
The grained dial is referred to as “shaded petrol blue” by Longines and is a truly intriguing blend of colour and texture. As you reach the edges of the dial, the blue begins to fade to black – resulting in a fumé look. Blue was the colour of the year in 2020 and clearly appeals to modern tastes. But the grained texture and “fauxtina” coloured SuperLuminova® work to maintain the vintage feel of the Longines Aviation BigEye. The registers create a panda-like aesthetic with three black sub dials against the petrol blue backdrop. Each register has a concentric guilloche that introduces even more texture to the dial. From left to right you have a running seconds register, an elapsed hours register (12 hour scale), and an elapsed minutes register (30 minute scale).
Inside the Longines Avigation BigEye is the Calibre L688 (ETA A08.L01), an automatic movement that features 54 hours of power reserve and silicon balance-spring for added anti-magnetism. It’s another welcome nod to modernity in a watch that successfully cherry-picks the best of old and new.
Longines Avigation BigEye pricing and availability:
The Longines Avigation BigEye shaded petrol blue dial in titanium is available for purchase via Longines authorized dealers and their e-commerce platform. Price: $5,125 AUD
Made in partnership with Longines. However, the opinions expressed in this article are our own in accordance with our Editorial Policy.