A Luxurious Version Of Longines Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary Watch
When it launched in 1957, the Flagship was, as the name implies, Swiss Longines‘ premier collection. The brand has now renewed the collection of dress watches in 2017 for the 60th Anniversary. The Longines Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary is a vintage-inspired limited edition remake done right and is essentially an elegant dress watch with classic design and modern proportions. Here, we see three models; one in steel and two gold models in yellow and rose gold, respectively. While the gold models carry a significant price premium at close to five figures, the steel model is just a little over $2,000, which should garner significant attention. Longines Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary Watch Hands-On Hands-On
All images by James Stacey
As far as vintage reissues go, The Longines Heritage Watch is as true to form as I’ve seen. The case and lugs are immediately identifiable as being similar to dress watches from the ’50s. The long, faceted lugs are elegant but simple and the thin polished bezel, slab-sided polished caseband, and fluted crown are all signatures of dress watches from the period. Limitations in production technology back then meant that we rarely saw elaborate twists and curves to the case design and this has been maintained with the reissue. This lends the watch a quaint charm which I can appreciate. However, bearing in mind modern preferences, the case is sized at 38.5mm, which to me is spot on. Any larger and it starts to look like a dinner plate on your wrist, while any smaller may prove unpopular with modern consumers.
The Longines Flagship Heritage has three case material options – steel, rose gold, and yellow gold. While all three look great, I personally tend to avoid yellow gold so the steel or rose gold would be my preference. The case back is solid and screw down, which is again true to form for a vintage dress watch and stamped with the form of a caravel – a light sailing ship. I see a lot of parallels between this watch and my grandfather’s 1956 Omega Arrowhead Constellation, which is the watch that got me started in the world of watches. So suffice to say, I have a soft spot for the Longines Flagship Heritage.
The dial is perhaps my favorite part of the whole watch and a study in applied markers. It is a silvered, brushed and convex dial with markers that give the entire thing a two-tone look. I wouldn’t blame you if you were hit with a blast of nostalgia looking at the dial. The applied markers are either yellow gold plated for the yellow gold case or rose gold plated for the other case options. There are four Arabic markers at 3, 6, 9 and 12 and faceted arrowheads at the other 8 hour positions. I like how even the logo on the dial is applied, with the word Flagship printed in a stylized hand under the applied logo.