The latest model in the Longines collection is a re-edition of pilot chronograph from the 1930’s that the brand has recently purchased for their museum. They regularly revisit the collection of the Longines watch museum in Saint-Imier to find new inspiration from the 185-year history of the brand with the winged hourglass.
Called the Avigation BigEye, it has a diameter of 41 mm, with big push buttons and crown, a semi-glossy black dial with bold Arabic numerals coated with SuperLuminova. The brushed case and the sand-blasted hands give a rather masculine look to the watch, while the large 30-minutes counter at 3 o’clock makes sure that the BigEye has a strong personality. I don’t have official numbers about the case thickness, but on forums, people mention 14 mm as the total height of the watch, which is understandable considering that it comes with a domed sapphire crystal.
It is powered by the ETA A08.L01, an automatic column wheel chronograph developed for Longines. With its 27 jewels, it beats at 28,800 vph and it has a power reserve of 54 hours.
Judging from these official pictures, the BigEye is quite an eye-catcher. While in Europe it is already available, Canadian authorized dealers will receive it in November and the official MSRP is CA$3,250.
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