The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown Collection

 The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown Collection

Longines have a new and superb trio of timepieces, the Longines Avigation Oversize Crown collection, and if like me you were smitten by last year's celebratory Mono-Pusher Chronograph edition, then I think you'll also find the new models extremely pleasing on the eye.

Longines describe the new pieces as "the ideal accessory for a pilot" - they're not wrong.  Taking inspiration from one of their 1920's models, each new edition has white-on-black dial clarity and a fluted  bezel designed not for decoration but for precision setting in both directions with a single index marking for reference setting.  And that voluptuous crown.....? A safety measure so that access to the bezel, even while wearing regulation pilot's gloves is possible without nudging the crown -  but despite its utilitarian origins, it does add a touch of character to this rather handsome collection, does it not?

 Longines Avigation Oversize Crown

Longines Avigation Oversize Crown

Each model has a 41mm steel case, generous open lugs, lumed indications and a compendium of shaped, gold plated hands ranging from pear to eye-lash slender forms, each of which give added charm.

The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown is of course the plainest of the three.  It features a diminutive small seconds dial and a slightly quirky date window placed atop the six o'clock.

The GMT edition has a slightly busier dial, allowing for its second time zone function and it features a date window which nibbles into the 3 o'clock position.

 Longines Avigation Oversize Crown GMT

Longines Avigation Oversize Crown GMT

Lastly the most desirable of the three, the Longines Avigation Oversize Crown Mono-Pusher Chronograph containing the exclusive column-wheel chronograph movement, the Calibre L788 with its single push-piece operation integrated into the crown leaving no further case-side clutter.

 Longines Avigation Oversize Crown Monopusher Chronograph

Longines Avigation Oversize Crown Monopusher Chronograph

More details on these individually numbered models can be found at the official Longines website.

........ and perhaps while you're here, a look-back to the  Longines Avigation Mono-Pusher Chronograph Type A-7

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