There is no doubt that Longines knows its business when it comes to re-editing past models. This was true with the Avigation BigEye, the Type A-7 or the Heritage Military. Despite how good these watches were, there was always a small ‘but’ (a date, a large case…) but what you’re about to see is a very, very attractive. Cool design, great proportions, historical relevance and a powerful movement. Meet the new Longines Heritage Classic “Sector Dial”.
I have a particular soft spot for the so-called “Calatrava” steel watches of the 1930s and 1940s, watches often found in oversized (back then) cases with a simple but well-designed dial, relying on Art Deco themes. This often gave life to the so-called sector dials. This is exactly what Longines has in its museum, a 1934 piece with a flat coin-shaped bezel, straight lugs and a sector dial.
This is the exact theme and design that the brand is bringing back today with the new Longines Heritage Classic. The case is made of brushed stainless steel with polished accents. It is shaped in the traditional “Calatrava” style, with a flat bezel, a box-shaped sapphire crystal and straight lugs. What is even better is that Longines has decided to keep it small, with a 38.5mm – the lugs are quite long so expect the watch to wear slightly larger. The crown retains the half-diamond shape of the original watch.
The pièce de résistance of the Longines Heritage Classic is, to me, the dial. Just like the original model, it has this great “sector” design, with a silver, two-tone finishing – opaline centre part and circular brushed minute track. The small second is well-positioned and doesn’t feel lost in the middle of the dial. The hands are faithful to the original and are made of blued steel. The watch has a no-date display, which is again very good news.
Powering the Longines Heritage Classic is the automatic Calibre 893, a movement knows as the ETA A31.501. It is an upgraded version of the 2895-2, with a slower frequency of 25,200 vibrations/hour but a longer power reserve of 64 hours. It is fitted with a silicon balance spring, meaning anti-magnetic properties.
The watch is available in two versions, only differentiated by the strap. The Longines Heritage Classic L2.8126.96.36.199 comes on a Black leather strap with additional blue NATO. The Longines Heritage Classic L2.8188.8.131.52 comes on a blue leather strap with an additional anthracite NATO.
The Longines Heritage Classic Sector Dial will soon be available at retailers and priced at EUR 2,020. More details at Longines.com.