Longines Heritage Watches at Banks Lyon

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Longines was founded in 1832 in Saint-Imier by Auguste Agassiz and, since then, the Swiss watchmaker has stayed true to its values of sophistication, craftsmanship and heritage. Longines heritage watches beautifully combine style and performance with tradition and timeless appeal.

At Banks Lyon, we’re proud to stock these Longines watches and will highlight two stunning models in the collection which celebrate the carefree spirit of the 1940s: the chronograph and the classic Tuxedo watches.

Longines’ Watch History

Owned by the Swatch Group, Longines is the oldest registered watch brand, and its logo is also the oldest unchanged trademark in the whole world. Immediately recognisable, the winged hourglass logo perfectly represents Longines’ elegance, prestige and tradition.

The watchmaker has a long, rich connection to the world of sports, which began in 1878 with the manufacture of Longines’ first chronograph, the 20H movement. In 1912, Longines created the first system of electromechanical sports timing (which used wires that, when broken, started or stopped the clock in sports events); this system was used in Basel during the Federal Gymnastics Festival.

The brand is now deeply associated with sports like gymnastics, horseracing and archery.

Besides its sports heritage, Longines also has a connection with aviation. In 1919, the brand was named the official supplier for the International Aeronautical Federation and started developing highly accurate and reliable navigation instruments. Longines’ first self-winding movement, the patented calibre 22A, was released in 1945 and, in 1954, the company created its first quartz clock.

To this day, Longines has continuously sought to innovate and push boundaries, and all its watches reflect the brand’s motto of ‘Elegance is an Attitude’.

Longines’ watchmaking tradition and focus on high-performance, yet incredibly stylish pieces, have allowed the brand to become favourite in the horology world. Among the many brand ambassadors are Simon Baker and Kate Winslet, but Longines watches have also been worn by famous names like Albert Einstein and Audrey Hepburn over the years.

Longines Heritage Classic – Tuxedo

According to Longines, the Tuxedo watches offer a glimpse into the wild parties of the later 1940s, and the black and white of the pieces are reminiscent of the suits worn during those festive evenings.

Longines opted not to add the word ‘automatic’ on the dials in order to respect the spirit of the time as well as of historic timepieces. There is also no date window on these contemporary models for that same reason.

Below, we are taking a more in-depth look at each Tuxedo watch:

Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Watch

Both Tuxedo watches have been designed to personify the prosperity and celebration of post-war 1940s when elegance was back in fashion. The Classic model is a modern interpretation that manages to offer a vintage aesthetic at the same time.

This three-handed watch comes with a 38.5mm stainless steel case and leather strap, as well as Arabic numerals on a black and opaline dial. The effect is a charming retro design that looks right at home no matter where you are – the office, a fashion show, a sports arena or an evening out.

The thin baton hands are covered with SuperLumi-Nova®, which improves the dial’s visibility and readability. The watch is also water-resistant up to 30 metres and has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that offers longevity to a piece already made to last generations.

A great watch for both everyday wear and special occasions, as it can easily complement any piece in a man’s modern wardrobe.

The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo watch can be purchased at Banks Lyon for £1,570 or from £26.17 per month at 0% finance.

Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Chronograph Watch

The chronograph model also represents a time when fashion and style flourished. A great watch for any sports fan, the Classic Tuxedo Chronograph comes in a 40mm stainless steel case that houses the powerful calibre L895.5 movement.

The watch also has a silicon balance spring, which further adds to its precision; combined with a water-resistance of up to 30 metres, there is no denying that Longines has created a stunning sports watch. This chronograph is as elegant as we’ve come to expect from the brand, especially with its refined matt black, opaline and midnight blue colours.

You can also benefit from a dial with several zones and a tachymetric scale, which is uncommon in Longines watches.

The stunning Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Chronograph watch is available at Banks Lyon for £2,340 or from £39 per month at 0% finance.

Banks Lyon are official stockists for many world-class luxury watches, including Longines, so browse our vast inventory to see more of these stunning models.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like more information on any of our watches or jewellery pieces and, if you require assistance, our personal shopping service will help you find the perfect watch for you or for a loved one. We’re also available on 07395 875 175 (WhatsApp), and you can visit us in Lancaster and Kendal to see the watches in person.