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Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph 180th Anniversary

March 21, 2012

At Baselworld, in celebration of the 180th anniversary of Longines, the Saint-Imier brand revealed a number of attractive vintage inspired timepieces. The most interesting being the new limited edition Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph 180th Anniversary.

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The Longines Monopusher "is closely based on the first wrist chronograph, manufactured by Longines in 1913 and fitted with calibre 13.33Z." The new model uses caliber L788.2 (ETA A08.261), a column-wheel chronograph movement developed exclusively for Longines - it allows the wearer to activate the start, stop and reset functions of the chronograph with a single pushpiece. Caliber L788.2 is self-winding and has 27 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and a power reserve of 54-hours.

Housing the movement is a 40 mm diameter classical round case in fully polished 18k rose gold. Classical horn lugs give it a very distinctive vintage feel. The dial is traditionally styled as well with: blued hour, minute and chronograph central seconds hands on a classic white dial with 8 black printed Arabic numerals and a red "12" numeral. A square date aperture sits at 6 o'clock. At 9 and 3 o'clock, are printed railroad track subdials with blued hands, which display the small seconds and the chronograph 30-minute counter.

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Comes on a brown alligator strap with matching 18k gold buckle. Water-resistance is 30 meters.

As hot as vintage inspired timepieces are right now, this piece will surely be a success. And with only 180 pieces being made, they will very hard to get. A stainless steel case version is planned. The price is $10,750. (Ref. L2.774.8.23.x)

Baselworld, Longines


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