Longines has been getting away from their modern equestrian obsessions recently and leaning on their phenomenal history with the Heritage collection. It’s done pretty damn well for them, and it’s a winning streak that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon with the Longines Heritage Classic ‘Sector’.
In this era of throwbacks and homages, archival designs aren’t exactly cutting-edge. Few brands however are as faithful in their horological reminiscing as Longines. This new piece is based on a 1934 original but to say ‘based on’ is undercutting just how faithful it is. Put the two side-by-side and there are very, very few clues as to which is which.
The Heritage Classic Sector is a deceptively simple timepiece. There’s a small seconds, but that’s it for complications. Instead, Longines has created a visually appealing, perfectly balanced dial, divided into the sectors that give it its name. Other than that, it’s a subtle shifting through a monochromatic palette of silvers, from the retro-sized 38.5 stainless steel case to the darker chapter ring and subdial to the lighter centre.
Inside is the L893.5 calibre automatic movement, complete with the silicon balance spring that most Swatch Group brands like to use. That means a decent 64-hour power reserve amongst other things.
The piece will be available on two different straps, depending on whether you want to keep things subdued with black leather or add just a touch of colour with blue. Both come with contrasting NATO straps too, but to be honest I’d keep it on the leather.
Pure simplicity and vintage style, the Longines Heritage Classic ‘Sector’ is also impeccably priced. Well, this is Longines; that’s kind of their thing, nowadays. Still, at £1,760 it’s fantastic, even by their standards.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Longines Heritage Classic
Case/Dial: 38.5mm diameter, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Caliber 893, automatic
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power Reserve: 64h
Strap: Black leather with additional blue NATO or blue leather strap
More details at longines.com