Presented in 2020, the Longines Spirit collection is a tribute to the pioneers who conquered the air, land and sea relying on their Longines time instruments. While it combines characteristic Longines and aviation design cues, this vintage-inspired line is not a re-edition and was created from scratch to celebrate this rich heritage. The collection comprises 40mm and 42mm time-and-date models and a chronograph, and all come with a chronometer-certified movement. Following the classic silver, black and blue dial iterations, the time-and-date models are now available with a green twist.
Green is the new blue, which was the new black, and it is now featured on the dial of the Longines Spirit watches with a dark shade of khaki paired with a matte sandblasted finish. Next to the classic silver, black and blue dial iterations, it allows Longines to introduce an additional colour to the collection with a sporty yet elegant twist. And, this feels rather coherent with the model’s vintage-inspired tool-watch style.
While the colour and finish are new, the dial remains true to the design of the previous iterations. A raised minute track with a polished metal ring frames applied Arabic numerals. In addition, the logo and the five stars, which are testament to the movement’s accuracy and specialness, are applied. The elongated hour and minute hands are filled with beige luminescent material for optimal legibility, and the tip of the seconds hand is red. Overall, the attention to details and the sense of depth is truly eye-catching.
Like other time-and-date Spirit models, the green dial is available in 40mm or 42mm. Made of stainless steel, the case is a retro-inspired no-nonsense design standing out with sharp lines and a relatively large raised bezel. The brushed surfaces are highlighted with neatly executed polished chamfers. The large knurled crown operates easily. It screws down, and the water-resistance is rated 10 ATM or 100m – which is pleasant for a daily-oriented, sportyish watch. Given the rather long lugs, the Spirit wears slightly larger on the wrist than the diameter suggests. But with two sizes available, the model should fit most wrists comfortably.
Six screws secure the solid engraved caseback. Below the caseback is the automatic Longines L888.4 calibre (a.k.a ETA A31.L11), which displays the hours, minutes, seconds and date. Exclusive to the brand, this movement is a noteworthy element of differentiation compared to many watches at this price level. 25.60mm in diameter, it ticks at 25,200 vibrations per hour and the balance spring is silicon, thus providing protection against magnetic fields. Furthermore, its precision is certified by the COSC, the Swiss chronometer official testing institute. Last, it comes with a healthy 72-hour power reserve.
The Longines Spirit is available on a beige calfskin strap with white stitching and fitted with a pin buckle or a three-link steel bracelet secured with a triple-folding clasp. The leather strap comes with quick release spring bars, and the steel bracelet is also fitted with a practical easy change system so you can swap the strap/bracelet and change the personality of your watch in seconds, with no tool required.
Like the other iterations in the collection, the Longines Spirit Green Dial models are priced at EUR 2,020, USD 2,150 or CHF 2,000 for the 40mm versions and EUR 2,120, USD 2,250 or CHF 2,100 for the 42mm editions (prices for leather strap or steel bracelet). For more details and online orders, please visit www.longines.com.