Introducing the Longines Spirit TitaniumBy Bhanu Chopra
Longines, founded in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, in 1832, has its eyes on the future: titanium. The new models—elegant, sleek—bear the aesthetics Longines is known for and uphold the brand’s commitment to exploring new materials and technologies. The result? Wearable timepieces that are stylish and sporty.
The new ‘Spirit’ is forged from Grade 5 titanium (titanium-aluminum-vanadium). Structurally, this alloy is lighter and stronger than steel; visually, titanium is slightly darker and more matt. In harmony with the case’s satin-polished finish, sandblasted anthracite dial, and satin black flange, the titanium gives these timepieces an updated, contemporary look.
Innovative materials make this line stand out. The Spirit features an automatic movement with a silicon balance-spring. Silicon is light, non-magnetic, and impervious to thermal expansion. Due to these characteristics, the timepieces are certified as chronometers by the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute). The five stars stamped on the dial represent the brand’s dedication to quality and reliability, and the watches come with a 5-year warranty.
Aesthetically, the Spirit finds balance between light and shadow, sky and earth, history and innovation. The hands, numerals, stars, and hourglass have subdued glints of mellow gold (1N) and contrast nicely with the timepiece’s darker hues. In the tradition of aeronautical watches, the face is easily legible—in the dark, its hands and numerals glow blue like hot stars—and the timepiece does not have a date window, accentuating its symmetrical beauty. The watch comes on a titanium bracelet and a custom-developed NATO-type nylon strap.
The new Spirit builds on a tradition of elegance and reliability. Longines’ aviation-style watches have long been popular with collectors and enthusiasts. The updated line will appeal to fans of the brand and individuals looking for a ‘daily driver.’
This is a striking, understated watch that does not sacrifice comfort—a real winner. The titanium is lovely. The watch is light yet sturdy, and interchangeable straps mean you can dress the watch up or down. You’ll want to put this watch on, and you won’t want to take it off.
Movement: Mechanical self-winding movement, COSC certified Calibre L888.4 (A31.L11), 25’200 vph with silicon balance-spring, power reserve of approximately 72 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds
Case: 40 mm or 42 mm, 12.20mm thickness, titanium, 100 meters
Bracelet/strap: Titanium bracelet with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism, with interchangeable system, anthracite woven nylon strap, titanium buckle, with interchangeable system
Price: USD $2,950 (bracelet), $2,650 (strap)