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Longines Spirit Titanium Brings the Vintage Aviation-Inspired Family Into the Modern Era | Features

Longines embraced its heritage as a supplier of watches to pioneering aviators and different adventurers of the early twentieth century with the launch of its Spirit assortment in 2020. Like the vast majority of timepieces in Longines’s portfolio, the primary batch of Spirit fashions — together with the good-looking Spirit Chronograph that I reviewed right here — all had metal circumstances. This yr, Longines has launched the primary Spirit in a titanium case, a transfer that each speaks to the gathering’s dedication to utilitarian cockpit design and signifies the model is leaning right into a rising pattern within the watch world.

Longines Spirit Titanium Ref. L3.811.1.53.2/6

Longines describes the Spirit Titanium as a “new step ahead” and a “homage to the world of aviation,” owing to the case being cast from grade 5 titanium (an alloy of titanium, aluminum, and vanadium), which is lighter and extra sturdy than metal, with a darker and extra matte floor that’s ideally suited for avoiding glare in a cockpit. Using titanium in considered one of its main collections is critical for Longines, which has used the metallic solely sparingly in its collections prior to now. Longines presents the Spirit Titanium in each 40-mm and 42-mm sizes, outfitted with each a black NATO-type strap and a trendy, interchangeable titanium bracelet with the identical satin-polished end because the case. The strap was developed in a particular weaving method that replicates the tones of the sandblasted anthracite dial.

The grade 5 titanium case is offered in 40-mm and 42-mm sizes.

The dial itself subtly contrasts with these of earlier Spirit assortment watches. The arms, utilized hour numerals, utilized Longines winged hourglass brand, and 5 stars above the “Chronometer” inscription at 6 o’clock, are all enhanced with a 1N “mellow gold” coating and handled with “Blue Line” Tremendous-LumiNova for an optimum distinction with the dial’s dusky floor. (The 5 stars are a historic Longines emblem representing the very best stage of high quality and reliability for the motion inside.) Notably, in contrast to its metal predecessors, the Spirit Titanium doesn’t characteristic a date window at 3 o’clock, opting as a substitute for cleaner, symmetrical look.

The 5 stars above 6 o’clock are a historic image of high quality.

The golden-colored numerals distinction with the anthracite dial.

The case encompasses a screw-down crown that helps to safe a water resistance of 100 meters and a domed sapphire crystal with multi-layered nonreflective coating on either side. Behind a caseback mounted by six screws is Longines’s automated Caliber L.888.4, based mostly on the ETA A31.L11, the COSC chronometer-certified motion that has been put in within the metal, three-hand-date variations of this watch that debuted final yr. Curiously, Longines has opted to not rename the caliber after eradicating its date perform; additionally, the said energy reserve for this model is 72 hours quite than the 64 hours claimed beforehand, which is probably going on account of this further complication being absent. The motion can also be notable for its use of a lightweight, antimagnetic silicon steadiness spring.

Longines Spirit Titanium Ref. L3.810.1.53.2/6

The Longines Spirit Titanium, in each its 40-mm and 42-mm iterations, retails for $2,650 on the woven nylon strap with a titanium buckle, and for $2,950 on the titanium bracelet with triple-folding security clasp and push-piece opening mechanism.

Each the case and bracelet are manufactured from titanium.