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INTRODUCING: Longines’ new Flagship Heritage models

The Longines Flagship Heritage Moonphase in blue sunray dial.

The Flagship Heritage offers a new moonphase complication on three vintage-inspired dials.

TL;DR The new Flagship Heritage revisits Longines’ 2017 release of the Flagship Heritage 60th anniversary and adds an analogue date and moonphase display on the sub-dial in a compact 38.5mm size. The new releases come in three dial options: a silver-toned sunray brushed dial with matching hands and indexes, a silver opaline dial with gilt hands and indexes, and a sunray blue dial. They bear the iconic caravel on a gold medallion engraved on the caseback.

A Bit of History

The Longines Flagship is the Saint-Imier watchmaker’s second oldest collection, in production since 1957. While its name implies a naval association, Longines is, of course, better renowned for its close aviation ties. The Flagship today focuses on three-hand watches with a clean and discreet aesthetic, available in various sizes with pristine dials and stepped lugs and bezels, housed in steel or two-tone cases.

The Longines Flagship Heritage collection is based on the original 1957 design with contemporary touches.
The Longines Flagship Heritage collection is based on the original 1957 design with contemporary touches.

In 2017, Longines commemorated the 60th anniversary of the collection with a Flagship Heritage series featuring three models in steel, yellow gold, and rose gold. These were limited editions and based on a Flagship model from 1957. The handsome and elegant design was a hit, which has led Longines to introduce two time-and-date models in its permanent Heritage Classic collection. This year, it’s adding three models with a new complication.

The new Longines Flagship Heritage watches feature an analogue date and moonphase complication.
The new Longines Flagship Heritage watches feature an analogue date and moonphase complication.

The Longines Flagship Heritage with Moonphase Complication

The new Flagship Heritage watches hold closely to the revival and existing pieces. Housed in a 38.5mm case, they have a very slim bezel and short, slim, chamfered lugs that accentuate the case’s curve and the watch’s shape. A sub-dial at 6 o’clock features a date ring and moonphase display. (On regular Flagship Heritage watches, the sub-dial indicates the seconds with a crosshair display and date window at 6 o’clock.)

The Longines Flagship Heritage Moonphase with blue sunray dial.
The Longines Flagship Heritage Moonphase with blue sunray dial.

The differences also come in the use of colour and details on the dial. The word ‘Flagship’ is repositioned below Longines’ winged hourglass logo, and ‘automatic’ is written in lowercase on the sub-dial. The moonphase indicator has a midnight blue background, with three different dials expressing distinct looks. The sunray brushed blue dial, which closely matches the moonphase display, features silver-coloured hands, indexes, and minutes track, with the date ring in blue as well. This gives off a very polished and modern vibe on the wrist with its matching blue leather strap, despite the compact case size.

The Longines Flagship Heritage watches all feature its classic caravel medallion engraving on the closed caseback.
The Longines Flagship Heritage watches all feature its classic caravel medallion engraving on the closed caseback.

The highlight of the trio is the silver opaline dial model, which has an almost creamy hue when seen in sunlight. Gently domed and paired with gold-coloured hands, indexes, and accents on the moonphase complication, this watch exudes a retro-chic attitude. It’s paired with a brown leather strap with a pin buckle.

The Longines Flagship Heritage Moonphase in silver opaline dial.
The Longines Flagship Heritage Moonphase in silver opaline dial.

Finally, the all-silver model delivers a mid-century contemporary look and feel, especially thanks to the matching grey leather strap that maintains a nearly fully monotone style. The one hint of colour is the moonphase display. The three watches are all powered by Longines’ L899.5 automatic movement with a 72-hour power reserve. These movements have a silicon hairspring escapement that offers great precision and high magnetic resistance.

The Longines Flagship Heritage Moonphase in silver sunray dial.
The Longines Flagship Heritage Moonphase in silver sunray dial.

The three Flagship Heritage models are priced at S$4,640 and available at all authorised retailers and Longines boutiques. Head to your closest retailer to try it on. 

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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