Longines has totally nailed the vintage re-issue game, releasing one gorgeous limited edition model after another. But this latest new launch, literally hot off the press, is truly a sight for sore eyes. And as Singaporeans, we can be doubly proud.
Because it is the brainchild of Longines together with local watch retailer The Hour Glass. Intended for The Hour Glass’ 40th anniversary festivities, this special piece from the Longines Heritage collection celebrates the incredible partnership between the two firms.
It also offers watch enthusiasts a beloved chapter of Longines’ long and storied military heritage. Commissioned by the American air force in 1935, the Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 is a unique timepiece with a 40-degree angled dial. This design allows pilots to read the time easily without having to release the plane’s control yoke.
Two ultra-elegant hues dress this period design dial complete with pear-shaped hands and classical Arabic numerals: sunray champagne and sunray blue. We’re absolute fans of how these two variants balance vintage allure with a modern spirit.
But what separates this new piece from the existing non-limited edition model is its case. Crafted from bronze, a beautiful old-world metal with a warm and characteristic style, there is a real solid heft that cannot be ignored. For a 41mm watch, though, it is surprisingly elegant.
Not only that, this material is known and desired for its ability to evolve with time. Exposed to the elements, its surface gradually oxidises and forms a natural patina. Thus every piece will develop its own character as if it were a living, breathing entity.
To balance out the weight so that the watch remains comfortable on the wrist, Longines used titanium for the case back.
The Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 – The Hour Glass Limited Edition runs on a self-winding single push-piece chronograph movement.
Developed exclusively for Longines, timekeeping is operated solely via a push-piece on the fluted oversized crown. Start, stop and reset in this sequence at the touch of a button.
Watch nerds do take note: Calibre L788 is a column-wheel chronograph. Unfortunately, the solid case back doesn’t allow any peeks. Good news: the chronograph button’s smooth tactile touch provides all the assurance you need.
The Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 – The Hour Glass Limited Edition is a military inspired pilot’s watch, which is great. But that’s not why it’s amazing. That’s not why you should be super stoked by its presence.
The reason is that it's completely different from anything else Longines has made; the bronze case is a first for the manufacture. There’s nothing remotely similar to it, not even the current production model really resembles it.
Finally, it offers the complete package of what global watch audiences today seek: a tribute to the past made with a contemporary spirit at a very attractive price point.