A manufacture that has been making horological history and building high-precision chronometers since 1832, Longines is also the owner of the oldest trademark in watchmaking. Today, the expansive heritage of Longines continues to attract new customers. Instead of unveiling its novelties all at once, Longines has decided this year to stagger its releases over the entire year, which will pay tribute to Longines icons like the Conquest, Dolcevita, Heritage, Master, Spirit Zulu and Ultra-Chron collections.
The brand just unveiled the first of its Spring releases, the Longines Spirit Flyback, which is a tip of the hat to the first serial chronograph with flyback function that Longines invented in 1925. As you might be aware, a flyback chronograph literally ‘flies back’ at the push of a button. While other chronographs will require you to stop the chronograph hand, reset it and start it again in order to take a new lap timing, a flyback chronograph’s chronograph hand starts clocking a new lap instantly at the push of one button. This function enables the wearer to time multiple laps in rapid succession.
Sporting a variety of outdoorsy and vintage watch details, the hand-finished 2023 Longines Spirit Flyback also pays homage to the first man to fly over the South Pole, Richard Byrd, who wore a Longines 13ZN flyback chronograph in his perilous expeditions over the Antarctic.
The COSC-certified Longines Spirit Flyback arrives in a 42mm steel case, which houses the self-winding column-wheel L791.4 movement, a new in-house movement that Longines has engineered to be resistant to magnetism, equipped with a silicon balance spring, and packed with a power reserve of 68 hours. Through its clear case back, one can admire an array of satin, matt and polished finishes, along with an oscillating weight engraved with a globe that pays homage to the Longines Spirit collection and the flyback chronograph that Longines invented almost a century ago.
Equipped with a bi-directional bezel with colored ceramic insert and luminescent markers, the Longines Spirit Flyback is available in a black or blue sunray dial, and with an interchangeable stainless steel bracelet, brown leather strap, blue fabric strap or beige NATO strap.
Longines Spirit Flyback
Reference: L3.818.104.22.168 (black sunray dial with brown leather strap), L3.822.214.171.124 (black sunray dial with steel bracelet), L3.8126.96.36.199 (black sunray dial with beige Nato strap), L3.8188.8.131.52 (blue sunray dial with steel bracelet), L3.8184.108.40.206 (blue sunray dial with blue fabric strap)
Movement: Self-winding L791.4 movement; 68-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and chronograph
Case: 42mm; stainless steel; water resistant to 100m
Dial: Black or blue sunray
Strap: Brown leather, beige NATO, blue fabric or steel bracelet
Price: SGD 6,710 to SGD 6,870