This week, Longines announced a vintage-inspired timepiece called the Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition that’s based on the 1957s model called the “Flagship.”
The case measures 38.5 mm, which is larger than the original 1957 model, but this is a perfect size for 2017, unlike the 2014 re-release of the Conquest, which’s arguably a bit too small for most modern tastes.
Three metals are available: stainless steel (Ref. L4.8126.96.36.199), limited to 1957 pieces, as well as 18K yellow (Ref. L4.8188.8.131.52) and pink gold (Ref. L4.8184.108.40.206) variants that are limited to 60 each.
All three models have a silver dial, with a smooth center, and brushed, sloped, outer section, giving it a two-tone appearance. The Arabic numerals (at 12, 3, 6, and 9) and indexes are rose gold plated on the steel and pink gold watches, and yellow gold on the yellow gold piece. The hour and minute hands are Dauphine-shaped, with a baton-shaped small second hand. All three hands have been gold-plated to match the hour markers.
The Longines logo has also been hand-applied to the dial at 12 o’clock. And just below that the word “Flagship” is written in a black cursive font.
The Flagship name refers to the ship the flies the flag of the fleet’s commander. And accordingly, the caseback is solid and has been embossed with a flagship caravel, like it was on the original timepiece.
The movement, which Longines calls caliber L609, is a slightly modified version of the ETA 2892 that beats at 4Hz, has 27 jewels, and a 42-hour power reserve.