This baselworld Longines draws inspiration from one of its very own iconic pieces from back in 1967. The original ancestor to the Longines Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph (Product No:L2.808.4.52.6), has found a home in the brand’s museum based in Saint-Imier whilst it’s offspring is enjoying endless attention, as its chiselled aesthetic and striking colour theme is marvelled over.
Longines have worked hard to ensure that the vintage-inspired piece references many of the same genetics as that of the original which originates from the prestigious Heritage family, such as the subtle scale markers of the tachymeter and the considerably larger 3 o’clock sub-dial compared to the 9 o’clock dial on its opposite. The 42mm wide case has an eye catching injection of colour cast onto the Bordeaux aluminium bezel. A rather rebellious sangria red tone encourages a sharp contrast to the off-white shades of the inner flange scale and the black opaline background. Time indication is enhanced by a set of crisp silver hour batons and rhodium-plated hour and minute hands which catch and refract the light as it moves across the heavily proportioned face. One fantastic feature to the new Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph is that it offers a fast and easy way to track two timezones at once within a 12 hour scale by simply aligning the hour differentiate and the time zone that you want to track, with the 12 o’clock mark. The timepiece also offers an easy read divers dial. The Longines emblem emanates from the top centre of the face whilst a subtle red cross decorates the innermost remainder of the space. Segments of the hour and minute hands are also filled with Super-LumiNova® to allow for a glowing presentation of its timekeeping apparatus through the hours of the night. The Chronograph timepiece has been built with slim lugs that integrate a stainless steel bracelet with a practical diving extension facility and double security foldable clasp, all of which work well to complete the vintage inspired look. With that said there will however be a black leather or rubber strap available for order should this be the personal reference; the latter enhancing a further sportier vibe. Longines enthusiasts are sure to approve of the Calibre L688.2 (ETA A08.231) which carries out 28,800 vibrations per hour, has 54 hours of power reserve and 27 jewels. The surrounding structure to the dial consists of a raised box edge which gives depth to the overall visual presentation, adding to its many layerered dimensions. A Diver logo is engraved into the back of the solid stainless steel back, providing a nice decorative feature to the underside of such a bold and dynamic model.
As well as drawing on aspects from traditional designs that have had a significant impact on the brand’s success to date, the Longines Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph also provides exceptional value when we consider that the movement used has been a strong and integral component for many other past models. The timepiece simply delivers an intelligent piece of timekeeping equipment with an old school, versatile appeal.
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