Longines’ chronicle is the jealousy of numerous watchmaking brands, a rich wellspring of material to outfit the exceptionally mainstream and consistently extending Heritage assortment. Recently, Longines created two Heritage Classic Tuxedo models that won our love with their smart two-tone, dark tie looks. We’ve reviewed the Classic Tuxedo Chronograph , so now we’ll investigate the less complex, yet maybe much more appealing three-hand Classic Tuxedo Small Seconds.
With its 188-year history, Longines won’t ever be shy of vintage models to rouse re-versions in its Heritage assortment. This year alone we’ve seen the bronze Legend Diver , the Avigation Type A-7 1935 and even the Military Marine Nationale join the Heritage Collection. Be that as it may, whenever given a decision, I would pick the Classic Tuxedo Small Seconds without even batting an eye. In light of a 1945 two-tone model from its files, the Tuxedo Small Seconds is in reality nearer in soul to an Art Deco design.
If you compare the first 1945 model with the current model, you can value how the state of the case and the plan highlights have been regarded. Clearly, the case size has been marginally expanded to 38.5mm to suit contemporary tastes, however the prolonged hauls, dainty bezel and largish crown (unique was manual-winding) are dedicated to the first. The bored openings in the hauls are an insightful detail permitting you to jump out the spring-bar to change the lash in a jiffy. To underscore its rich dress watch work, the whole case glimmers with its cleaned finishing.
However, the triumphant character of the watch is communicated on the “tuxedo” dial. From the cinema to the mixed drink relax, tuxedos are the worldview of exquisite night wear. The classic highly contrasting look composed of a dark coat with silk lapels, dark pants with a glossy silk stripe, a turn-down neckline white shirt with a dark tie and dark patent cowhide shoes, was deified by Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, Cary Grant and even Marlene Dietrich during the 1930s. Also, what might James Bond be in a club without his tux? A government operative with no style is the answer.
The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Small Seconds is dressed for the event in exacting dark bind with its thick dark part ring and differentiating silver opaline focal zone of the dial. The dark ring on the outskirts is matte and the huge Arabic numerals, so suggestive of Art Deco numerals, are painted with a vintage shade of beige Super-LumiNova. A similar tone lume is utilized on the basic (rhodium-plated) mallet hands.
Longines has settled on a truly reasonable choice by not including a date window and by dodging any reference on the dial to the programmed development controlling this watch. The solitary other component inside the alluring granular surface of the middle is a small seconds counter with a silver edge and a snailed inside. Much the same as the first, the small seconds counter smoothly drops into the dark section ring halfway clouding the number six. Indeed, even the textual style utilized for the brand name is like the one utilized on the first. To complete the vintage vibe, the dial is ensured by a container molded sapphire crystal.
A present day programmed engine
The dial probably won’t make reference to the presence of a programmed development, however the Tuxedo Small Seconds is controlled with a restrictive self-winding development – a useful thought for the present shoppers. Type L893.5, Longines’ interpretation of the ETA A31.501, runs at a decreased recurrence of 25,200vph, has an all-inclusive force save of 64 hours and is outfitted with an enemy of attractive silicon hairspring. The caseback is fixed and beautified with the Longines winged hourglass logo.
This Tuxedo Small Seconds must be my #1 vintage re-version of 2020. Its smooth two-tone Art Deco character, its clear face and case, its advanced programmed development and its appealing cost guarantee that this is the sort of blast from the past you can appreciate without any blame. I wasn’t excited by the fairly gawky dark cowhide tie, yet since it’s a DIY change, it holds no influence on my opinion.
The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Small Seconds (ref. L2.3188.8.131.52) is certainly not a restricted version. It is currently accessible from Longines online store and retailers, and is valued at EUR 1,940 (incl. tax).
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