Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith and Howard Hughes were some of the early aviators to set records in routes, altitudes and distance, pushing beyond the known to explore what lay on the other side. While their endeavours might have been separately pursued, they were united by the same thirst for adventure — and the companion they chose for their exploits.
Since its founding in 1832, Longines has cultivated a reputation for precise and reliable timepieces whose elegance belie their hardiness. Its professional instruments were worn not only by aviation’s pioneers, but also explorers such as Paul-Émile Victor who navigated through the extreme conditions of the Greenland icecap in the 1930s.
The Swiss watchmaker continues to be inspired by their feats a century later. To bridge the triumphs of eras gone by with a new generation of adventurers and explorers, it launched the Spirit collection, a series of sporty yet graceful pilot’s watches.
Aviation cues such as the oversized crown, flange and pronounced step around the sapphire crystal are paired with avant-garde innovations such as silicon hairsprings in the collection’s two movements for exceptional accuracy and longevity. The Calibre L88.4 is fitted into the 40mm and 42mm three-hand calendar models while the Calibre L688.4 is worked into the 42mm chronograph.
The self-winding movements respectively boast 64 and 60 hours of power reserve and are chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute. In true Longines tradition, five applied stars on the dial are a testament of the improved quality and reliability of the movements. Finally, a screw-in crown and screwed-down caseback protect the piece to ensure water resistance up to 100m.
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