Introducing the Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Replica Collection 2020
Founded in 1832, Longines is one of the oldest brands in the Swiss watch industry and is still active in the Swiss watch industry. After many successful models pay tribute to past models, such as early diving instruments or military works, the brand now looks at civilian watches of the 1940s from another perspective; the so-called “tail suit” watch because of its white and black combination. In 2020, the brand resurrects two models, illustrated below, a small seconds watch from 1945, Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo watch replica L2.318.104.22.168 – with some military design clues (hands and case, for instance) – as well as a chronograph replica from 1943 – with a classic two-tone layout, Art Deco Arabic numerals and a sectorized layout.
These two watches are now reissued with a faithful and very attractive design, modernized dimensions (but not too much), powerful modern automatic movements and multiple details that will certainly appeal to vintage lovers. This new collection for 2020 is named ‘Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo’ and comprises two models that we’ll look at Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo watch replica collection 2020.
The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo watch replica L2.322.214.171.124, with a stainless steel case with a gold dial and black leather strap, is the latest addition to the Longins Heritage Classic Classic Tuxedo Chronograph replica line – making it one of the most popular watches in its class. Even with a modern watch, the case of this TUXedo chronograph is smaller than that of a modern watch. It is a classic, elegant, old-school watch with small seconds and a bit of ‘Calatrava’ inspiration mixed with hints of a military past – something easy to understand as the original model was produced when Europe was still at war. The case of the Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Small Seconds watch replica retains the shape of the original model, with elongated lugs, a flat ‘coin-style’ bezel, fully polished surfaces, lug holes and, for the sake of modernity, a diameter of 38.50mm – which, by today’s standards, remains on the smaller side.
The circumference has also been enlarged, just like the original model, and the dial shows several zones. The finish differs slightly from the 3-hand model, as the bezel is brushed, but overall the shape resembles the previous Longins Heritage Classic Tuxedo chronograph.
The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo watch replica takes us back to the colourful era that the party brought us with its contrasting black and white dial and a new colour scheme developed exclusively for the Longine Heritage timepieces.
The second watch in this Longines Heritage replica is a handsome chronograph replica L2.8126.96.36.199 with all the codes of the 1940s: bi-compax layout; coin-style case; rectangular pushers; two-tone sector dial; and multiple tracks on the dial to make it both elegant and functional. The case of the Tuxedo Chronograph measures 40mm in diameter, again on the smaller side for a modern watch, and is topped by a box-shaped sapphire crystal. Its finishing is slightly different from the 3-hand model, as the bezel is brushed and overall, the shape is a bit more angular – faithful to the historical model above.
In order to respect the spirit of the original model, Longines has decided not to put the word “automatic” on the dial. In line with the long-term goal of creating a watch as faithful to a historical watch as possible, there is no need to present a contemporary model while remaining in the spirit of that time. The Longine Heritage Classic Tuxedo 38.5 mm watch replica L2.3188.8.131.52 is the latest in a long line of classic and classic watches from the company’s Heritage line.
The dial of this new model is a nod to the original version and plays well with the ‘Tuxedo’ name. It features a silver opaline central sector, with a matte surface, a recessed and snailed small seconds and, two important details, there is neither a date window nor an anachronic mention of an automatic movement on the dial. The outer sector is executed in matte black and features painted Arabic numerals (with a hint of art-deco), which are luminous. The hands are classic batons and filled with Super-LumiNova – slightly cream tinted, but not overly done. The dial is very elegant in layout and colours.
Once again, the dial of the Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo 40 mm chronograph replica L2.8184.108.40.206 is a nod to the past with a silver opaline central sector and recessed sub-counters (also opaline). The hour chapter ring is executed in black with thin Art Deco-style Arabic numerals and the dial is framed by a tachymeter scale. Compared to the small seconds version, the hands are different on this model. First, the hours and minutes are indicated by rhodium-plated leaf hands. Second, all the chronograph indications are displayed thanks to elegant blued hands. Finally, the dial of this version doesn’t feature luminous elements. Again, no date or ‘automatic’ printing on the dial.
Powering this Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Small Seconds replica is a modern proprietary automatic movement, Calibre L893, an evolution of the classic ETA architecture. This revised version features an anti-magnetic silicon hairspring and an improved kinetic chain to increase the power reserve – the frequency has been reduced at 25,200vph and the power reserve is now 64 hours. The movement is hidden under a closed steel caseback.
The Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph replica – Tuxedo houses in its 40.00 mm-diameter case a movement (calibre L895.5) developed exclusively for Longines Heritage timepieces. It is also equipped with a silicon balance spring and a comfortable power reserve of 54 hours.
This Longines Heritage Tuxedo Small Seconds replica (Ref. L2.3220.127.116.11) is worn on a discreet black calfskin strap with a pin buckle. It will be priced at EUR 1,920. The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Chronograph replica (ref. L2.818.104.22.168) is worn on a black calfskin strap with discreet white stitchings and a steel pin buckle. It will be priced at EUR 2,880.
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