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Baselworld 2016: Longines RailRoad

Inspired by a timepiece from the 1960s, the Longines RailRoad, is the newest addition to the brand’s retro-styled Heritage collection. A stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter, looks practically identical to its predecessor, with the exception of a larger case, modern automatic movement (versus a hand wound), and a slightly different dial. Longines Heritage 1920s model The case is satin-finished with a polished bezel. A domed off-white polished dial features 24 black painted Arabic numerals, just like the original. Where is differs is the designation “R. R. 280” now reads “R.R. 888 Automatic”, reflecting the newer automatic caliber number. Shiny black lance-shaped hour and minute hands, along with a baton second hand, remain virtually unchanged from the original. Inside, is caliber L888.2 which is an ETA A31.L01 made exclusively for Longines by ETA. It beats at 3.5Hz (25,200

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The Longines Heritage Military COSD

Longines has unveiled a new timepiece called the Heritage Military COSD which is inspired by a 1940s timepiece from their archives. According to Longines, the original timepiece was created for British Special Forces. It was designated for use by the Combined Operations Command (COSD) created by the British War Office during the Second World War. The 1940s timepiece which inspired the Heritage Miliatary COSD The stainless steel case measures 40 mm in diameter and is powered by caliber L619.2, which is a modified ETA movement. Either a cream or black dial is available, and you can choose between a military khaki-green NATO strap, or black leather. An oversized crown controls hours, minutes, seconds and date – and is big enough to operate even with gloves on. The dial has a military-style display with a 24-hour scale printed in read on

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Longines introduces a new single pusher chronograph

Introducing the Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph available in a 41 mm diameter stainless steel case with either a black matte or white lacquer dial. This new single push-piece chronograph, re-issued from the brand’s Heritage line, like this watch and this watch, is powered by automatic caliber L788.2 (ETA A08.L11) which runs at 4Hz, has 27 jewels and a 54-hour power reserve. It is distinguished by a blued column-wheel that is visible through the sapphire caseback. And most notably, the chronograph functions (start, stop and restart) are controlled by a single pusher built into the crown. On the dial either white or black contrasting Arabic numerals have been printed to mark 9 of the hours. Also, a 0-60 scale is printed on the inner chapter ring, with a tachymeter scale on the outer chapter ring. A small seconds subdial is

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American Pharoah Wins at Belmont to Complete the Triple Crown

American Pharoah made history yesterday and became only the twelfth horse in the history of the Triple Crown to win all three races. The first since Affirmed in 1978. At a mile-and-a-half, the Belmont racetrack in Long Island is the longest of the three races (The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes). It’s the real test of a thoroughbred race horse, if you will. We were at Belmont last year (as guests of Longines, the official timing sponsor of the Triple Crown), and saw California Chrome attempt to win the Triple Crown and fail, as so many horses had before. This year was different though. American Pharoah passed the final test at Belmont with flying colors with a dominanant wire-to-wire win, by an impressive five and a half lengths. Giving us a new Triple Crown winner for the

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BASELWORLD: Longines Heritage Diver 1967

In Longines’ continued campaign to launch new vintage-inspired timepieces every year at Baselworld, for 2015, they debuted a very cool diving chronograph inspired by a piece from 1967. As usual, it’s powered by an ETA based caliber made for Longines. Caliber L688.2 (ETA A08.231) features a 4Hz frequency, 27 jewels, a column-wheel with horizontal clutch and a 54-hour power reserve. The dial indicates hours, minutes, small seconds, date and has a 30-minute chronograph counter. The dial is black with long white, luminous indices, with two contrasting white subdials at 9 and 3 o’clock, and a black subdial at at 6 o’clock. The date is indicated via an aperture in between 4 and 5 o’clock. The case measures 42 mm in diameter and features a maroon uni-directional dive bezel. Steel crown and pump chronograph pushers. Solid case back with engraved vintage

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Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph

Today, Longines announced yet another Heritage timepiece, this one inspired by one of its pilot watches dating from the 1950s. They have introduced a number of pieces to the Heritage collection this year, which we talked about here, here and here.

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Introducing the military inspired Longines Avigation

The past few years Longines has introduced a number of cool “Heritage” throwback timepieces, including three we previously covered here, here and here.

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California Chrome Denied the Triple Crown

Conditions were perfect on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The sun was out, humidity was low and it was in the 70s to 80s throughout the day. Over 100,000 people turned out to watch the 146th annual Belmont Stakes, and to potentially witness California Chrome make history and become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

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Introducing the Longines Heritage Dive collection

Longines has just announced another collection within their Heritage watch line, which consists of remakes of historic models. These models are very faithful to the originals, like this one. The Longines Heritage Dive Chronograph, for example, is similar to the original, except where the vintage Valjoux 72 powered timepiece had a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, the new model has a date in its place. Also it now says “Swiss Made” as opposed to “T-Swiss-T.” And, it has a modern ETA automatic movement in place of the manually wound Valjoux 72.

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Introducing the Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014

At Baselworld 2014, Longines introduced a throwback collection called the Conquest Heritage 1954-2014 — contrary to the majority of heritage timepieces we see today, this is a spitting image of the original, right down to the 35 mm diameter case. Being 2014, it of course has a modern movement, but apart from that, virtually everything else is the same.

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