New York, May 20, 1927, 7:52 a.m., the “Spirit of St. Louis” leaves Roosevelt Airport. Its destination: Le Bourget airport near Paris. At the controls: a young American pilot named Charles A. Lindbergh. Thirty-three and a half hours later, Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget after completing the first ever non-stop solo transatlantic flight. It was a historic feat. As official timekeeper for the World Air Sports Federation, Longines contributed to the homologation of this prowess by timing Lindbergh’s flight and adding it to the list of aviation records.
Shortly thereafter, Charles Lindbergh contacted Longines to develop a watch designed to meet his aviator’s needs. The Longines Hour Angle watch, a veritable icon in the history of the Swiss watchmaker was born. Designed by Lindbergh himself in partnership with Longines, this watch allows for accurate determination of the longitude during long-distance flights. As a result, pilots and navigators can find their geographic location quickly, efficiently and with great accuracy. This extraordinary timepiece was reissued by the brand in 2002 and it is still one of its iconic Heritage models.
Today, Longines commemorates the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s amazing feat and of its timekeeping.