For the previous few years, Longines has been very dynamic in the field of vintage reissues and vintage-roused watches. Indeed, there’s a whole assortment named “Heritage”, brimming with watches that honor the rich past of the 185 years of age brand. Some were okay, some were profoundly attractive and some were somewhat frustrating (those date windows…) However, today, it appears to be that with the new Longines Avigation BigEye, we may have a strong bundle: a military-roused pilot chronograph, with vintage pizazz, no-date show, adjusted extents, pleasant programmed development and an exceptionally respectable price…
We’re positively not going to show you anything new here, yet Longines has a drawn out relationship with aeronautics. Regardless of whether we talk Lindbergh or WWII pilot watches, the vintage assortments are loaded with those profoundly alluring watches made for flight. This rich past has been an appropriate playfield for the brand, which reissued a portion of its most notorious pieces, viewing consistently, from the 1930s with the Lindbergh watches , the Avigation Watch Type A-7 or the Heritage 1935 (reissue of a model for Czech pilots) , to WWII pieces and 1950s or 1960s pieces . Today, Longines develops that subject with a piece that honors the mid 1970s. Notwithstanding, with no extravagant tones or astounding cases, this new Longines Avigation BigEye is all around pervaded with military roots.
Longines here keeps its practice of pilot watches and military chronographs. The Avigation BigEye has been designed according to a mid 1970s watch made for military pilots. However, in light of the fact that these watches were made for military, there was no should be popular. All things considered, exemplary codes were utilized, with an attention on neatness and differentiation. There’s even a touch of contemporary Type XX in this model, without the pivoting bezel however. The new form brings back a curiously large moment counter, clarifying its name “BigEye”.
The dial is old style, with a semi-gleaming dark tone, and 9 huge Arabic numerals coated with Super-LumiNova. The hands are sand-impacted and rhodium-plated, similar to the numerals, and they are loaded up with radiant paint. Differentiation is heavenly, and readability remains enhanced during day and night. The 3-counter design of the dial is adjusted and the counters are huge and divided enough to consummately fill the dial. The primary center is given to the 30-minute counter at 3, bigger than the two others, just like a capital sign while doing flight estimations. The vintage style is supported by very much picked hints of false patina (lists and hands). The most awesome aspect comes by means of a basic oversight: there is no date show, in contrast to the greater part of Longines’ vintage reissue.
The instance of the Longines Avigation BigEye likewise shares a similar utilitarian look, with a combination of brushed (the whole case) and cleaned (small contacts, like the bezel, the crown and the pushers) hardened steel. The 41mm size is fine, with a decent harmony among innovation and limited vintage style. The decent look of the case and the dial is complemented by a very much picked light earthy colored, somewhat troubled cowhide tie with pin buckle.
To power this Avigation BigEye (not obvious, as the case is shut by a plain caseback) is Longines exclusive chronograph development, the Caliber L688. While dubiously dependent on the 7750 (exceptionally changed and augmented), this programmed development presently includes a section wheel engineering rather than a cam and flaunts a more extended force hold, with 54h of energy accessible when completely wound.
Overall, the new Longines Avigation BigEye offers a considerable amount to the eye and even rewards mechanics’ darlings, the entirety of that at a fair cost of 2530 Euros. Accessible as of now at retailers.
Technical Specifications – Longines Avigation BigEye
- Case: 41mm distance across – hardened steel, brushed and cleaned – domed sapphire precious stone on the dial side – steel back – 30m water resistant
- Movement: Longines L688.2 (ETA Valgranges A08.L01) – self-winding – 4Hz recurrence – 24 gems – 54h force save – hours, minutes, little seconds (at 9), chronograph with focal second, curiously large 30-min counter (at 3), 12-hour counter (at 6)
- Strap: light earthy colored calf calfskin tie with steel pin buckle
- Reference: L2.8220.127.116.11/4
- Price: 2350 Euros
- Availability: September 2017