This year, Longines marks 60 years since the launch of its first Flagship collection. The newest model, Flagship Heritage – 60th Anniversary 1957-2017 – was inspired by a Flagship model kept in the Swiss watchmaker’s headquarters, favoured by Longines’ “Ambassador of Elegance”, Kate Winslet.
In keeping with the Flagship tradition, the new Heritage is available in steel, yellow gold or rose gold, and these numbered and limited-edition models display a flagship on the back, as did the original pieces.
Longines sold its first Flagship in 1957, and this timeless watch, with its white dial, thin profile and fine fasteners, quickly became a favourite among Longines followers.
A perfect blend of technical mastery and understated elegance, the Flagship owes its name to the ship on which the flag of the fleet’s commander-in-chief snaps in the wind. A symbol of Longines’ wishes for this new collection, this caravel is stamped on the back of Flagship watches.
It was Winslet herself who chose the face of this anniversary timepiece. During a visit to the brand’s headquarters in Switzerland, the British actress fell in love with a model of the Swiss watchmaker. This is the timepiece from which Longines drew inspiration for the subdued and chic dial of this anniversary edition.
The numbered timekeepers house an L609 mechanical calibre in their 38.5mm case. As exclusive timepieces, the gold versions are limited to 60 watches and the steel versions to 1,957 watches. The brushed silvery dial is adorned with eight indexes and four Arabic numerals, in yellow gold or rose gold colours.
As with the original timepieces, the back of these commemorative watches bears a stamped caravel – the flagship. A brown leather watchstrap completes this piece of the Longines heritage.
Based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832, Longines watchmakers enjoy an expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as the official timekeeper for world championships, and as a partner of international sports federations, Longines has created strong and long-lasting relationships in the world of sports over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group, the world’s leading watchmaker. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in more than 150 countries.
This article was paid for by Longines.