The Longines Heritage Classic now has a black sector dial inspired by watches from the 1930s


By Adelina Tan

The Longines Heritage Classic now has a black sector dial inspired by watches from the 1930s

In 2019, The Longines Heritage Classic with a silver sector dial was well-received by vintage watch aficionados. Now, the Swiss watchmaker has opted to explore the other end of the colour spectrum by introducing the watch with a black sector dial.

The dial is intersected by lines and circles that bring to mind the Art Deco-influenced aesthetics of the 1930s. Characteristic of watches from this era, The Longines Heritage Classic features different zones, each with a different finish. Its silver hands stand out in contrast with the matt centre circle, inlaid with an anthracite hour circle given a circular brushed finish.

While it’s not as noticeable in pictures, a closer look will reveal the ridged detail on the small second hand. The position of its small seconds is also shifted downwards in relation to the center axis, bringing it closer in resemblance to the historical piece it’s based on.

Despite its vintage homage, the black sector dial on this new version of The Longines Heritage Classic appeals to contemporary tastes with its sleek, graphical design. Technically speaking, this piece is also resolutely modern.

Encased within is the latest-generation L893 movement, a calibre developed exclusively for Longines heritage watches. The addition of a silicon balance-spring makes it resistant to the usual magnetic fields, offering a five-year guarantee.

There are two kinds of watch owners: Those who prefer leather straps, and those who favour the glint of a steel bracelet. The Longines Heritage Classic with a black sector dial caters to both, offering a choice of two different straps. The more traditional cognac-coloured strap has a “pull-up effect” that varies its colour with use, making each piece unique to your time spent together.

The steel bracelet option has a “grain of rice” pattern with alternating brushed and polished links. “It is a high-end mesh that dates back to the 1940s and blends perfectly with the design of the dial. It is very soft and comfortable to wear,” says Matthias Breschan, CEO of Longines.

Then and now: The vintage timepiece on the right inspired the new design

The Longines Heritage Classic retails at RM8,320 (leather strap) and RM9,200 (stainless steel bracelet)

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