The Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition For Hodinkee — An Ultra Suave Chronometer Watch
With the Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition For Hodinkee, the New York-based crew once again show us that being precise doesn’t have to collide with great style. Au contraire, being fashionably late is simply not done with the chronometer precise watch that will have you arrive on time and in style. Limited to 500 pieces, the watch is a classic with some contemporary tweaks.
The Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition For Hodinkee looks familiar, and yet it also has your brain scramble for clues. You think you’ve seen this watch before, but where, when, and how? Well, you haven’t seen it before, it just looks a bit like the Heritage Classic Sector Dial (L2.8188.8.131.52). The brushed steel 38.5 × 11mm case is the same, but the dial is completely new.
… clean and crisp and utterly functional: Bauhaus in New York.
The starting point and source of inspiration for the dial are the chronometers built by Longines in the 1900s, featuring a two-tone cream center with a delicate brushed silver finish. A traditional cross-hair and numerals had to go. To replace the numerals, the choice fell on painted strokes of black to act as hour markers. The result is clean and crisp and utterly functional: Bauhaus in New York.
Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition For Hodinkee — The Dude abides
Although the design is sober it’s not plain. Just have a look at the small seconds at six o’clock that is finished with concentric circles and in a slightly different tone to the sub-dial above. By doing so, the small sub-dial ties the whole dial together – Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski knows exactly what I’m talking about.
… every single Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition For Hodinkee was sent to Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres …
The blued hands not only add a touch of color but also enhance the readability. Something that is of the essence for a chronometer. And every single Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition For Hodinkee was sent to Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) to be chronometer certified.
The precision department is where the recently introduced L893.4 caliber shines. This ETA A31.501 based movement is exclusive to Longines and uses a silicon balance spring and has a 72-hours power reserve.
Find the strap-changing tool next to the certificate
The precise chronometer and the functional, very well-proportioned dial will help you arrive on time, the beads-of-rice bracelet will have you do so in phlegmatic style. The organically shaped, soft-to-the-touch bracelet adds gravitas in a very suave yet nonchalant way. You can also tone it down a bit by fitting the bonus leather strap. You will find that vintage-looking strap in the wooden box together with a Longines-branded strap-changing tool. Oh, and you will also find a COSC chronometer certificate in there.
Modelling the Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition For Hodinkee
As I wrote earlier, the Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition For Hodinkee is a limited edition of 500 pieces. The price is set at $2,500. Any other questions? Okay. The gentleman modeling the new watch is John Goldberger. He’s a horological scholar, author of many watch books, and a serious collector.
Goldberger considers Longines one of the most advanced historical brands.
He started collecting watches in 1979 when there was no such thing as the internet and information was very hard to dig up. After discovering Longines in his early years of collecting, he kept following the brand, and wrote a book about the company in 2006. Goldberger considers Longines one of the most advanced historical brands. That explains why he’s in the pictures. And he’s also a very stylish example of how cool the watch looks and wears in real life.
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