The Longines Heritage Classic - Tuxedo

Longines celebrates the light-heartedness of the late 1940s with two new models inspired by timepieces of the period and reinterpreted according to contemporary taste. The particular name, Tuxedo, chosen by the collectors, emphasises the contrast between black and white on the dial, reminiscent of the suits and ties worn on elegant and fashionable evenings during this period. In order to respect the spirit of the original models, Longines chose not to display the words "Automatic" on the dials. Again with the intention of creating timepieces as faithful as possible to the historical timepieces, one notices the absence of the date window and the use of semi-matt black leather straps. Different areas structure the dial of the chronograph version, which combines matt black, opaline and midnight blue and whose rim is embellished with a tachymeter scale, a rather rare element for Longines and present in the original model. The 40 mm-diameter case houses an automatic movement (calibre L895.5) developed exclusively for Longines' Heritage models and equipped with a silicon balance spring. The three-hand model, the second of the two available versions, is distinguished by the dial's aesthetics, created in a design that was very much in vogue in the 1940s: a silvered opaline disc surrounded by a matt black ring sublimated by slender baton hands coated with SuperLuminova. The small seconds counter at 6 o'clock is off-centre and this detail contributes to the appeal of this 38.50 mm-diameter timepiece that houses the exclusive L893.5 movement, also self-winding, also equipped with a silicon balance spring. Retail price: €2,930 (chronograph); €1,950 (three hands).