For the latest release from Longines, the winged hourglass brand, the company looked to its own museum located in Saint-Imier, the same city where Longines was founded in 1832, for inspiration. The museum is home to the vast archives of the pieces Longines has produced over the years and it is from that history the latest in the Heritage line draws its roots from. Taking its cues from a Longines piece created in the ’60s, the Longines Heritage 1969 features many styling elements that fans of the period will notice.
The watch comes in a cushion cut steel case, with a brushed silver dial and elegant rose colored hands and indexes. At the time of the original iteration in the 60s, the watch was produced in steel, gold plating and 18k gold. For the re-issue the steel case was selected and combined with a brushed silver dial and given 12 pink indexes. The hands are also pink and play well against the dial and add to the legibility of the watch. Additionally, as the source piece had the date aperture at the 4:30 position, today’s watch features the same arrangement as well.
The vintage inspiration also plays out in the sizing of the watch as it measures 36x36mm and is suitable for both men and women. Powered by the automatic-winding mechanical L888.2 calibre, it sports a robust 64 hours of power reserve. It features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and is presented on a black alligator skin strap. Water resistant to 30 meters, it retails for what also seems like a vintage price: $2,050.