The very same features for which Longines was trusted and loved by the world’s pioneer aviators remain today : from their proofed accuracy to the oversized winding crown, made to be adjusted while wearing gloves; to the prominent high-contrast numerals; and reflective hands with luminescent coating, for night time flying. The Pioneer Spirit Lives On, for generations to come.
A blend of microblasted and polished textures
The crown is an elegant blend of microblasted and polished textures, revealing the embossed Longines logo.
From the watch case and bracelet, to the outer dial flange, the design provides a complete aesthetic coherence. The stars and lettering are highlighted evenly and prominently, conveying the essential accuracy that was needed for survival.
Reflective, high-contrast materials
The high contrast and luminous watch hands and numerals, were especially important for pilots flying at night.
Crafted to withstand any expedition.
For the very first aviators, the accuracy, reliability and robustness of the watch was a matter of life and death. Just a 4 second error in navigation could put their aircraft over a mile off course. For french polar explorer Paul-Emile Victor, the accuracy of his Longines remained constant, even at extreme temperatures up to -40°C, for months on end.
With an uncompromising attention to detail.
This outstanding quality rests on the tiny silicon balance spring; an extremely thin coil that ensures the constant and precise rhythm of time. Exceptionally crafted to be harder, lighter and more durable than any traditional balance spring—just as the flight of an airplane depends on the fine balance of its wings. Utmost accuracy is guaranteed by the Chronometer certificate (COSC).