The Heritage collection revives some of the brand’s most famous historic models. The latest watch of this kind is new Heritage 1935 model which was first presented to the public at the Baselworld 2014 show. The new piece recreates a famous aviator piece which the brand with the hour glass logo originally made for the Czech Air Force in 1935. Somewhat altered newcomer which is just slightly larger than its predecessor still retains the most important elements of its origin’s design. Among them there is a cushion shaped housing, while others are the looks of its bezel, crown and lugs. The black and silver watch possesses a self-winding mechanical movement whose only additional features are the presence of small seconds and a date display.
The Best received Czech Pilot’s Watch of the Time
New Longines Heritage 1935 timekeeper is yet another reinterpretation of a classical model from the brand’s rich history. This specific model from the past was commissioned by the Czech Air Force and it first saw the light of day in 1935. Though Longines was not the exclusive supplier of the Czech aviation, its models were best received at the time and its popularity had soon spread from pilots all the way to general public. As it is always the case, the original watch is not completely reinstated in its original form. Instead, the Saint-Imier based watchmaker is presenting a modern reinterpretation.
Among the features that look the same as the original there is the appearance of the case. The timekeeper is made with the same looking cushion-shaped housing crafted in stainless steel. However, the new model is just slightly (1 mm) larger and features the width of 42 mm. Other shared traits are the presence of wide curved lugs, a fluted crown and a knurled bezel. The bezel is still different when its functionality is concerned, since it is fixed and not rotatable as it was in the model from nearly eight decades ago. As for the water resistance of the piece, it measures to 30 meters.
The Same Type of Hands, Now with Modern Luminous Coating
The same mix of old and new elements is present on the watch’s matte black face which lays beneath the brand’s usual sapphire crystal with several anti-reflective coatings. The most notable of the original traits is the presence of pear-shaped skeleton hands, otherwise known as cathedral hands. These pointers are rhodium-plated and sanded. As for the modern touches on the timekeeper’s face, these are restricted to the presence of SuperLuminova coating on both its hands and silver Arabic hour numerals. This luminous coating was naturally unavailable in 1935, since it was created about six decades later. The dial of Longines Heritage 1935 also includes a small seconds counter at the six o’clock position and a date display aperture right on its bottom. For the attachment of the newcomer with the reference number L2.718.104.22.168, Longines selected a black alligator leather strap which locks with a buckle made of steel.