Longines, a traditional Swiss watch manufacturer, has introduced a delicious novelty to its Heritage range, which at the time of its release created a positive discussion among the watch journalists present at its headquarters in Saint-Imier.
Longines Heritage Classic
The Longines Heritage Classic is available in two different versions that differ in the strap. This time, however, the seemingly small difference is larger, as the blue nubuck strap makes the watch much more relaxed, while the black leather strap makes the watch a notch or two more formal. The difference created by the straps is easily perceived live, which means only good for the watch owner – the style of the watch is easy to change with the straps.
The new Heritage Classic is a classically beautiful watch, based on a model from Longines’ rich catalog on the pages of 1934, pictured below. The size of the watch is 38.5mm in size, and the history is also respected with the ETA-based L893.5 movement designed for the needs of the Heritage line, which gives the watch 64 hours of power reserve.
To my taste, the Longines Heritage Classic fits nicely in what is sometimes a bit of a cliché-like description, “classically stylish.” In addition to the size of the watch, I justify this with a vintage-inspired design that deserves special mention for its beautifully executed silver sector dial with Roman printed indexes.
The blue indexes and the small seconds are in their original pattern, as is the fact that there are no date window on the watch. The concession to the present day is made not only with an automatic movement (the 1934 model had a manually winded movement) but also with a glass which is anti-reflective sapphire on the inside.
The Heritage Classic is pure and simple. It fits perfectly on the wrist due to its design and the toffemic softness of the leather strap. Likewise, the feel of the crown is immaculate, since it is not needed to set the time other than to adjust the pull spring.
The Longines Heritage Classic is a great addition to the ever-expanding Heritage line, which at the same time demonstrates the rich product history of Longines. It has also been gratifying to note that the manufacturer has struck a better balance between modern and traditional models. In style, the Heritage Classic is a versatile watch for everyday and celebration purposes.
In a Nutshell
- Model Number: L2.8126.96.36.199 / L2.8188.8.131.52
- MovementL893.5 (ETA A31.501) automatic
- RPM: 25,200
- Power reserve: 64 hours
- Watch case: stainless steel
- Diameter without crown: 38.5 mm
- Case thickness: 12.1 mm
- Glass: sapphire (anti-reflective inside)
- Water resistance: 30 m (3 bar)
- Lug width: 19 mm
- Wristband: leather strap
- Price: 2,090 €