The Longines Heritage Classic watch is one of favorite releases from the brand in recent years.
The “sector” or “cross-hair” dial design is a crowd favorite when done right and this one has been copied almost exactly from the model that inspired this piece, which dates back to 1934. The sector dial is nothing short of a triumph and it's an example in how proportionality on a dial should work. It features a radially brushed silver outer edge with hand-painted Arabic numerals and indices, and a white inner section that features the black sectoring lines.
The case size is perfect at 38.5mm and 11mm-thick thanks to the automatic movement beating away inside the stainless steel case. While a manual-wind movement might have been more period-appropriate, Longines has chosen to outfit this model with the new L893, which has an operating frequency of 25,200vph. That is equivalent to 3.5 Hz. (It’s an odd frequency but less uncommon in the past.) That slightly slower frequency affords the Longines Heritage Classic a robust power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
The shape of the case is also admirable, classically rounded and resolutely understated, which adds to its versatility. The same can be said about the well-judged knurled crown, which harmoniously nestles itself to the side of the case and doesn’t stand out.
Final word to the choice of the strap and the effect on the watch’s overall presentation with a beautiful light blue aged strap with a hint of suede texture that looks amazing, although this watch is a strap monster and will go with just about anything, but it is refreshing to see a major group brand take a step outside the comfort zone of brown or black croc for a piece of this style.
This example is in mint condition, still with plastic on the case back, although it is sold without box or papers. Watch Only.