As much as I love complications and the mind-boggling micro-mechanics involved with a rattrapante perpetual calendar, a minute-repeater or a tourbillion, there is something endlessly pleasing about a simple, impeccably designed ‘time-only’ watch. The Longines Heritage 1945 stood out at Baselworld 2017 for its appealing, suave simplicity.
The revival of this calatrava style watch comes with an unusual story. The patrimony department at Longines actually spotted an original 1945 watch on an Instagram post from Benjamin Clymer – watch expert, Founder of Hodinkee.com and all round nice guy. Longines asked if they could see Ben’s personal watch and so he duly sent it off to St. Imier, Switzerland. After some time, Ben got his watch back and was told he could look forward to a nice surprise at Baselworld.
The new Longines Heritage 1945 did not disappoint. The new iteration is 40mm instead of 38mm, and it’s powered by an automatic L609.3 instead of being manually-wound, but the aesthetic impact is assuredly there. “The 1940s is arguably my favourite decade for watch design, and this simple calatrava-style case design with a flat bezel and a curved convex dial is just stunning” Ben comments.
This striking watch offers minimal elegance allied with an accurate vintage feel. Mounted on a mid-tan nubuck strap, the beige and
coppery appeal of this timepiece is timeless.
By: Nick Rice