Saturday, July 23, 2016

Longines Heritage 1918 - Vintage Elegance

Longines continues their line of reissues with the Heritage 1918 with not one but two.

The house of Longines has a strong heritage dating back to their founding 1832. And with the Heritage range of timepieces, they are bringing back their glory days. I started noticing the brand again after they launched the Heritage Single Push Piece Chronograph of which I now own the two toned version.

With the new Heritage 1918, that winning trend continues. Drawing from the brand's rich history Longines has reintroduced the 1918 and I am liking it as well.
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The lugs are reminiscent of the pocket watches of that era and and the dial is white polish lacquer. Pardon my tardiness on the lint.
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Lovely blued steel hands with honey coloured varnish gives the vintage feel to the timepiece. My only gripe is the date window... I wish Longines would remove that.
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It is interesting to note that the folks at Longines continues with the use of lacquered dials giving it a truly nice polished look. Combining with the blue and honey coloured numerals gives it that vintage feel and to "complete" the set, the timepiece comes with a honey coloured alligator strap. The men's timepiece is a very wearable 41mm.
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The timepiece comes with a solid case back and with an automatic movement Calibre L615 which is a Longines calibre modified from ETA. Provides roughly 42 hours of power reserve.
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With several of their new launches for both men and women, Longines is starting to revive their days of old. The Heritage 1918 also comes with a women's version. Called the Heritage 1918 Lady, the timepiece measures 38.5mm and comes with a diamond bezel adorned with 60 top Wesselton VVS diamonds making up to 1 carat. An elegant piece to say the least.
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What makes it even more interesting is the price point at which Longines have been relaunching their timepieces. The list price is under SGD3,000 and I will be surprised if this is not another hit for Longines. Reissue one without the date and I am on the bandwagon! Unfortunately, I did not have access to the Heritage 1918 Lady. But take my word for it, it is truly vintage elegance.