Longines was making stellar heritage reissues well before it was cool. Case in point is the stylish ’60s-inspired Legend Diver, first released way back in 2007. And while it’s become de rigueur for most major brands to release one or two retro pieces a year, the Longines Legend Diver Review (LLD) pioneered the reissue genre, and still holds its own, thanks to a well-balanced trifecta of timeless good looks, clear vintage style and cracking value.
We at Fratello Watches are keen on re-editions of vintage timepieces of certain eras, but they need to be very well executed in order to succeed as such. Perhaps this also explains why certain watches that never changed that much are often a brand’s key to success; take the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” or the Rolex Submariner, for example.
There are portions of the Kentucky Derby, which is supposed to be a horse race, that make the day feel more like a kegger than an elegant sporting event. In fact, if you’re anywhere but the Grandstand at Churchill Downs, you could be faced with a bourbon-fueled bacchanal that makes Welcome Week at most SEC schools look like one collective Netflix and chill.
This year at Baselworld 2016, best Longines watch issued a surprising pair of new releases, taking their already impressive Heritage line deep into the brand’s rich past.
Longines Heritage 1918
First up is the Longines Heritage 1918. Drawing inspiration from the original Longines “Bracelet-Chronograph” of 1918, the Heritage 1918 is a handsome interpretation of early 20th century design. The case (available in both 41mm and diamond-studded 38mm women’s versions) is a simple, circular piece with mirror polish, calling to mind a pocket watch case, with a prominent cushion crown at 3. The wire lugs are almost completely contained, connecting to the case at only one point and giving the watch an almost floating appearance on the wrist.
The Longines Conquest line exemplifies the brand’s spirit for adventure. The Conquest 24 Hour combines the purposeful look of an explorer’s tool watch with an air of elegance that makes it appropriate for all occasions. The dial displays are crystal clear, and the 41-mm case strikes an excellent balance between oversize sports models and undersize dress watches, making it a versatile companion. The crystal is sapphire with an anti-reflective coating. The screw-in crown contributes to the 50-meter water resistance rating. The bright red 24-hour hand lets the owner track a second time zone.