Longines has long-standing links with aviation. The new Avigation BigEye chronograph continues its tradition of pilots’ watches.
Longines regularly delves into its past to re-release historic models from the 20th century, adapting them to modern tastes. The most recent, the Avigation BigEye, has joined the Heritage collection, with a design inspired by a 1930s chronograph. This timepiece respects the stylistic elements featuring in pilots watches of yesteryear, but in a smaller size, adapted to all wrists. The watch case is no more than 41mm wide. A very positive point! To provide maximum readability, the watchmakers from Saint-Imier have played on the contrasts with perfect mastery. On a semi-glossy black dial, impressive Arabic numerals coated with SuperLuminova are accompanied by equally luminous watch hands. This display makes the hours and minutes very easy to read, whatever the amount of light available. The chronograph totalisers, and particularly the over-sized 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock and the small second hand at 9 o’clock, are just as clear and simple to read.
Impressive mushroom-shaped push buttons are used to trigger the calibre L688 chronograph. Once fully wound, the automatic movement provides 54 hours of power reserve.
To reinforce the aesthetic appeal of the Avigation BigEye, Longines had the very good idea of combining it with a brown leather strap with a pin buckle. The retro quality of the watch is also highlighted by the convex sapphire crystal.
By Dan Diaconu