The Longines Avigation BigEye: Aesthetics and tradition in a pilot’s watch

The Longines Avigation BigEye: Aesthetics and tradition in a pilot’s watch

The Swiss watch brand Longines regularly draws on its historical pieces to enhance its Heritage line. Today, it is reissuing a chronograph with a design from the 1930es, in keeping with the great tradition of pilot watches. The brand has a long-standing relationship with the field of aviation. This timepiece will delight lovers of the brand's centuries-old watchmaking expertise.

With its rich watchmaking tradition, Longines places particular importance on the work of memory. The brand with the winged hourglass thus continues to acquire new watches to enrich its museum’s collection, which traces the brand’s 185-year history. Today, Longines has decided to reissue one of its recent acquisitions as part of its Heritage collection: The Longines Avigation BigEye. It is a model with an assertive look that will please lovers of beautiful vintage pieces steeped in history.

The Longines Avigation BigEye is inspired by a chronograph whose aesthetic is typical of the great age of aviation. True to the spirit of pilots’ watches, this model displays a very readable dial with a focus on the minute counter and impressive push buttons that enable the wearer to handle them while wearing gloves.

The 41 mm diameter case of The Longines Avigation BigEye houses a L688column wheel chronograph movementproduced exclusively for Longines. Its semi-glossy black dial is decorated with Arabic numerals coated with SuperLuminova©, and displays a small second hand at 9 o'clock as well as a 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock. The oversized 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock adds a touch of aesthetic originality to this timepiece. A domed crystal and a brown leather watch strap add vintage elegance to the piece.

By Marco Gabella
Co-Founder - Executive Publisher

Featuring 'pump' pushers and an enlarged 30-minute chronograph register (at 3 o'clock), the BigEye sends us hurtling back in time to the sports chronographs of the 60s. Everything in this piece is reminiscent of the codes and styling of an era still used as a reference today, even though the 41 mm diameter watch case presents a more contemporary vision. Unusually for Longines, the price is more aggressive considering it's an authentic chronograph with integrated column wheel.  

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