When introduced in mid-2020, the Longines Spirit assortment made fairly an impression, with its well-balanced mix of classic design, every day versatility, refined execution, exact actions and nice content material/value ratio. There was, on paper, loads to be beloved within the Spirit time-and-date mannequin. Not every part is ideal although, or no less than, not every part was what I anticipated when seeing the watches within the steel. Lugs that have been too lengthy, a date window that I’d like to see elsewhere on the dial… However the presentation not too long ago of a brand new mid-size, Longines Spirit 37mm model is about (no less than in my books) to alter issues. Clearly, I really feel that Longines has a profitable mixture right here, for each gender, each wrist. The everyday sweet-spot-watch.
To be honest, the next article is very private. It’s solely my very own tackle issues, and naturally, you’ll be free to disagree. See, the Longines Spirit time-and-date has initially been launched in 40mm and 42mm. All nice apparently because it gave potential house owners some selections, but the watches have been, for my part, too giant on the wrist, and the date place in some way bothered me. But, a few weeks in the past, the model launched the Longines Spirit 37mm. In some way marketed as a female choice (all life-style photos have been displaying the watch worn by girls), we thought there was one thing happening right here, one thing that would simply turn out to be the G.O.A.T Spirit mannequin. And to exhibit that the brand new, mid-size mannequin is, for my part, an ideal look ahead to males, I even requested our 2-meter excessive editor Robin to be our mannequin. And consider me, it really seems to be good on the wrist! However extra on the rationale why in a bit.
The Longines Spirit 37mm, the details
With this 37mm version, Longines is principally enlarging the gathering however not altering a bit the general spirit (pun supposed). The fundamentals of the gathering have been stored alive. As a reminder, the Longines Spirit, launched in mid-2020, just isn’t a hardcore, heritage-oriented mannequin, such because the Legend Diver, the Tuxedo Chronograph or the Marine Nationale. These are trustworthy reproductions of unique fashions, modelled after previous present watches discovered within the model’s (very wealthy) museum. Apart from barely enlarged circumstances, trendy supplies and up to date actions, these watches are supposed to be impressed by the previous, and to not evoke the previous.
Two of the primary fashions introduced within the Spirit assortment, the black 40mm time-and-date and the blue 42mm time-and-date
The Longines Spirit falls into a unique class. It’s a tribute to the model’s previous, to the pioneering days of aviation and aviation-related watches, to the good individuals who wore them, however it has been designed from scratch as a brand new assortment. Absolutely, some parts are vintage-inspired, some design cues are inevitable references to wonderful watches of the heritage, however nothing within the Spirit was really present earlier than. It’s a creation, an evocation of the previous, a watch with a retro really feel, but additionally a wonderfully nice daily-beater meant to draw extra consensual purchasers than the hardcore heritage assortment. It is perhaps a little bit of a stretch, however that’s how the Spirit differentiate itself from the Heritage assortment. Not of essential significance anyway.
Over the previous two years, the model has been releasing quite a lot of fashions into the Spirit vary. Along with the silver, black and blue inaugural metal fashions – accessible in time-and-date 40 or 42, and with chronograph – the model added a relatively interesting inexperienced version (solely in time-and-date), in addition to a compelling titanium mannequin with out date – which we believed could be the most effective of the gathering. After which, a few weeks in the past, got here the Spirit 37mm, a watch with all of the attributes of the inaugural fashions, sharing the identical motion and specs, the identical design, (nearly) the identical colors however simply in a smaller package deal. And, for a relatively obscure imaginative and prescient (no less than to us, as it would make sense commercially), the gathering was principally marketed as a girls’s different. However in my books, 37mm continues to be very a lot wearable by males.
At first sight, there’s not a lot to distinguish this black dial 37mm from the opposite fashions within the vary
What we’ve got here’s a watch that’s made with nice consideration to element. The case, measuring an affordable 37mm diameter, has a peak of 11.7mm – which is marginally thinner than the 40mm mannequin, at 12mm. With this watch, you’ll discover again a really properly executed case, with a barely cumbersome really feel general, bringing a sure robustness that isn’t to disappoint me. The case reveals a succession of brushed surfaces (both straight on the edges or round on the highest) and large polished accents, operating alongside the lugs and mid-case, and on the periphery of the bezel. Not solely do these finishings carry dynamism to the watch, however in addition they elevate the perceived high quality to a fairly excessive stage. In all equity, the case of the Longines Spirit 37mm (and all Spirit fashions for that matter) are actually bringing a low-key luxurious really feel that you simply gained’t discover typically within the value class.
Identical to earlier editions, the Spirit 37mm is pretty nicely geared up. The sapphire crystal on prime is barely domed and coated with a number of layers of anti-reflective therapy, the crown (which we will now attest having a diamond form) screws down, the caseback is closed by 6 screws and the watch has a 100m water-resistance. Altogether, the Spirit was and nonetheless is a compelling package deal and there’s not a lot that may very well be added or nothing that objectively may disappoint. Design is a private query in fact, however placing this out of the equation, there’s not a lot to remorse right here.
For apparent causes, to be able to make a degree on the man-compliance of this mid-size model, we selected essentially the most basic, most versatile, most discreet of the three attainable colors; matte black. Different accessible dials are a sunray-brushed blue and a brand new champagne color. The dial is as detailed and well-executed because the case. It’s neat, fairly conventional at first, however nonetheless filled with small, well-thought parts to raise the watch to a better customary. The matte black base of this version is each versatile and extremely sensible every day since it’ll fly underneath the radar, will be capable of be matched with nearly all attires and legibility is nice on most events.
We right here discover again the identical utilized, luminous Arabic numerals as the remainder of the gathering. These are properly outlined, sharp and clear, with a neat ending. Subsequent to them are small diamond-shaped markers and, one of many nicest issues on this watch, the angled inside flange surrounding the dial has been formed to it surrounds the markers. A pleasant element that once more provides to the sensation of high quality. The fingers are following the fashion of the utilized markers, polished steel on the skin, luminous materials on this inside. They’re giant sufficient, not too large both so the watch retains a sure discreet magnificence. At each 12 and 6 o’clock, you’ll discover a few utilized logos. First is the basic Longines winged hourglass brand (created in 1889, making it the oldest energetic registered trademark). Second is a sequence of 5 stars. At Longines, this has at all times signified an enchancment within the high quality and reliability of the model’s actions. Right here, it is a sign of the chronometer certification of the automated engine inside. Final however not least, there’s a brand new date window, positioned at 6 o’clock… Extra on that later.
As for the strap or bracelet, you’ll have the selection between a sporty, informal stainless-steel bracelet with brushed surfaces and polished accents. It’s closed by a folding clasp however doesn’t characteristic micro-adjustment. For my part, the leather-based strap choices go well with this mannequin higher, particularly this compact Longines Spirit 37mm. The black dial model is obtainable on a darkish brown easy calf leather-based strap, with off-white stitching – a basic pilot’s watch mixture that at all times works. As well as, it contains a pair of quick-release spring bars, thus you possibly can change the strap simply and use one thing extra according to your individual tastes. And I’m certain that the Spirit can be an awesome instance of a strap-monster-watch. Put it on a NATO, and also you’ll have a cool weekend, journey watch. Use a light-weight brown or taupe nubuck, and it’ll turn out to be elegant, discreet and barely classic…
Contained in the case, and in a typical Longines method, is identical motion as earlier than. Certainly, even when smaller, the Longines Spirit 37mm retains the identical high-grade automated Calibre L888.4 because the 40 or 42mm editions. This proprietary growth over the ETA 2892 reveals some upgrades on crucial areas, that means a silicon stability spring for anti-magnetic resistance, and a reworked kinetic chain mixed to a decrease frequency (3.5Hz) providing an prolonged energy reserve of 72 hours. And as stated above, the motion is a licensed chronometer by COSC.
Value-wise, the current version (reference L3.410.4.53.0) is definitely the entry-level mannequin, retailing at EUR 2,020, CHF 2,000 or USD 2,150. I’d not name that low-cost or inexpensive, however figuring out the extent of execution of the case and dial, the general consideration to element and the standard of the motion, it actually is a good value general.
What makes the Longines Spirit 37mm such an awesome watch?
Earlier than answering this query, we have to have look again on the earlier “compact” mannequin, the Longines Spirit 40mm time-and-date, which we’ve reviewed right here in the very same configuration because the 37mm on this article. On paper, a 40mm watch is perhaps nice for many wrists, being trendy and comparatively compact on the identical time. Typical all-rounder dimensions. But, there’s one factor that comes into the equation, Longines’ love for elongated lugs. We’ve stated that earlier than with the Legend Diver, and it’s nonetheless true for the Spirit. Usually, a 40mm must be round 46-47mm from 12 to six o’clock. But, the 40mm Spirit measures 49.5mm from one lug to a different. Total, this offers the sensation of a watch that wears bigger than its claimed diameter. Beneath, a steel-green mannequin and a titanium model, each in 40mm:
The brand new Longines Spirit 37mm is about 46.5mm to 47mm, which continues to be comparatively giant for such a watch however makes an entire lot of distinction on the wrist. Not solely does it add to the general consolation every day, however it additionally seems to be way more balanced. As you possibly can see on the wrist of Robin right here, which is about 18cm in circumference (on no account a small wrist), the 37mm Spirit nonetheless has nice presence and by no means feels undersized. It really seems to be relatively good if I’m trustworthy, with a watch and strap which might be across the wrist, and never on prime of the wrist. To those that will say that 37mm is just too small, don’t choose a guide by its cowl. Strive each the 40mm and 37mm editions and solely then make up your thoughts. What I can let you know is that the 37mm gained’t disappoint, and it has a barely old-fashionned allure that I personally appreaciate.
The Longines Spirit 37mm, right here worn on a pretty big wrist, nonetheless does look enormously proportioned. No undersized feeling right here. And it’s good to see a strap that rolls across the wrist for as soon as.
The second enchancment that I can see within the 37mm is the place of the date. The 40mm was fairly OK concerning the date window, positioned at 3 o’clock. Don’t get me began on the 42mm version, with its partially lower 3 o’clock marker. One thing that I personally didn’t like, in any respect. I although the three o’clock place on the 40mm was completely nice, till seeing the 37mm model, which now as a date at 6 o’clock. And sure, figuring out the presence of utilized logos, it absolutely works even higher. One extra level for the mid-size Spirit – the definitive argument would have been to take away the date, however contemplating the best way Longines has positioned this watch, the date is in some way a necessity for a big viewers. If one has to make a compromise, the 6 o’clock place is the one to us.
So, all of that to say that the brand new Longines Spirit 37mm would possibly nicely be essentially the most achieved model within the assortment, no less than in my books. So, Longines, what you could have right here is a superb instance of unisex watch, nicely designed, nicely geared up, nicely executed, and principally nicely proportioned for ladies, and males too.
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