Longines has gone to its archives for inspiration this year, launching three new timepieces that pay homage to vintage designs: the Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878; the Longines RailRoad; and the Longines Heritage 1918. All three, introduced this week at Baselworld, are faithful recreations of the originals.
The Heritage 1918 is inspired by the brand’s first bracelet-chronographs, retaining original details such as the blued-steel hands with honey-colored varnish, matching honey-colored numerals and strap, and a white lacquered, polished dial. It contains the automatic Caliber L615 with a 42-hour power reserve. The stainless steel case is 41 mm. There is a scaled down ladies’ version, with a 38.5mm case and a carat of diamonds set into the bezel. The 38.5-mm with diamonds is priced at $5,650.
The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878 is a direct nod to Longines’ equestrian roots, replicating a model fitted with the first chronograph ever produced by Longines. Original details include the large onion crown – also used as the chronograph pusher – slim Roman numerals, blued steel Breguet-style minute and hour hands, ball-counterweight seconds hands, a caseback engraved with a horse and rider, a chronograph central seconds hand, and a small-seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The 55-mm case is 18k rose gold. The watch is a limited edition of 20 pieces and contains a the manual-wound chronograph Caliber L790.2, with a 48-hour power reserve. It is priced at 35,000 euros.
The RailRoad watch is inspired by a 1960s model developed for railwaymen, replicating the important elements of high precision and legibility. Like the original, the dial is marked with the letters “RR,” followed by the caliber number – “280” on the original and “888” on the reissued model, referencing the automatic Caliber L888.2, which is exclusive to Longines. Like the original, the caseback is engraved with a steam engine, a depiction that adorned pocketwatches designed for railway companies in the 1920s. The 40-mm case is stainless steel and it features a box-style crystal. The dial is highly readable, with large, black Arabic numerals against a white background, including a prominent 24-hour scale on the inner track. It is priced at $1,850.