Under the motto “The pioneer spirit lives on”, Longines has launched a new collection of pilot’s watches by the name of Spirit. The models pay tribute to the aviation pioneering spirit of the 1920s and 1930s and to numerous aviation icons who wore Longines watches on their daring adventures. Above all, the Saint-Imier brand names aviation pioneers such as Amelia Earhart, Paul-Émile Victor, Elinor Smith and Howard Hughes.
Basically, as a potential buyer of the new Spirit watches, you have a huge choice: The new collection is divided into three-handers (in 40 and 42mm) and chronographs (42mm). These are available in three different colours (black, blue and silver) and come on either leather, NATO or stainless steel bracelets.
The five stars on the dial, which can be found throughout the entire new Spirit collection, recall earlier Longines references. In these, the stars were used to indicate first-class calibres. However, it is not all historical: The ETA-based automatic movements in use (L888.4 and L688.4) are COSC-certified and feature modern silicon hairsprings that are particularly wear-resistant and anti-magnetic.
As far as pricing is concerned, there are no big surprises here either – typical Longines: Prices for the three-hand watches on the leather strap start at €2,000, while the chronographs are priced at a fair €2,900. (Note: For 2.600€ you can also purchase the three-hand watch as a Prestige Edition, which then includes leather, steel as well as NATO strap.)
You can find everything else directly at Longines. By the way, if you want to learn more about the brand with the winged hourglass logo, we recommend our article 6 Myths and Misconceptions about Longines.