Longines launches the Avigation watch
July 28, 2014: Longines has added a new military-style model to its Heritage line, the Longines Avigation, based on the design of a model produced for the British army in 1950s. Like the original watch, the movement is fitted with a special device to protect it against the effects of magnetic fields. The black dial – typical of military timepieces – features white and red numerals coated with Super-LumiNova as well as the "broad arrow" sign.
The name given to this design – a contraction of ‘aviation’ and ‘navigation’ – refers to a navigation system invented during the 1920s. The steel case of this new model has the same diameter as the original one - 44 mm. It houses an L704 self-winding, mechanical calibre which shows the hours, minutes, seconds and date, as well as a second time-scale. As in the 1949 model, the movement is encased in a soft iron plate and dome which protect it from the effects of magnetic fields.
The stick hands on the main dial are rhodium-plated and the lozenge-shaped hand on the second time-scale is red. The upper segment of the dial bears a distinctive sign, namely a broad arrow, used in the United Kingdom to denote government property, including military equipment, and therefore the watches used by the British army. The watch is fitted on a black alligator strap with a buckle.