Longines Brings Back The Carefree Spirit Of The Late 1940s With the Heritage Classic Tuxedo

The winged hourglass brand releases two new creations inspired by two historic pieces designed in the spirit of their time.

Back in the 1940s, after the harsh war came a time of prosperity and celebration. At that time, elegance was back in fashion as men wore suits, women wore recently-introduced nylon stockings and people got dressed up to go out and dance to the rhythm of jazz bands.

Moving forward to this year, Longines unveils two new models inspired by historical pieces with the typical aesthetics of the regained freedom of the aforementioned late 1940s. Titled the Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo, this new creation is available in two versions: a three-hand model and a chronograph model.

The former—the three-hand model—stands out for the aesthetics of its dial. For one, it comes with a typical and very popular design from the 1940s, which is an opaline silver disc surrounded by a sublime matte black circle of thin baton hands covered with Super-LumiNova. The off-center small seconds counter, located at 6 o’clock, also contributes to the charm of this watch.

On the other hand, the chronograph version displays matte black, opaline and midnight blue colors as elegant as they are refined. Uniquely, there’s a tachymetric scale, which is quite rare for a Longines watch. Aside to that, several zones feature on its dial which also enriches its circumference, just like on the original model.

More importantly, to respect the spirit of the original models, Longines has chosen here not to add the word “Automatic” on both of the dials. With the aim to create timepieces that are as faithful as possible to historical timepieces, there’s also no date window on the watch. On top of that, both of the watches are presented on semi-matte black leather straps, perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the era.

As the name suggests, both of them have been nicknamed “Tuxedo” by collectors because of the contrast of black and white on their dials, which reminds us of the suits worn during the elegant and festive evenings of the time. That being said, with its two new models in contrasting black and white, the Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo successfully brings us back to a colorful era that brought back the festive atmosphere of the late 1940s.