Longines has been dusting off the old catalogues and recreating some of the greats. There have many over the past few years and now the company has revealed its homage to the 1940s with the Heritage Classic – Tuxedo version with two timepieces inspired by pieces released in the late 1940s. The first, a three hand model and secondly a chronograph version.
The three-hand ‘tuxedo’ as coined by collectors for its black and white dial is reminiscent of the suits worn during elegant and festive evenings. To remain faithful to the original, the dial does not include the word ‘automatic’ or a date window.
The case measures an elegant 38.5mm housing the exclusive L893.5 movement with a silicon balance spring and a power reserve of 64 hours, fitted to a lovely black leather strap. The dial features a silver opaline centre with a black ring hosting the Arabic numerals. The small second dial at 6 o’clock has a visual grooving effect making it stand out compared to the rest of the dial which is smooth and round the back, the casebook is closed so the movement isn’t visible, which could be due to the original being hand-wound.
It carries a depth rating of 30m but I don’t think that will be too important to many people as I doubt they will be wearing it to the beach anytime soon. It is available to order now from all top watch retailers for £1,480.