The last Longines piece which we featured was alive with activity and featured a considerable array of indications. The Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph 180th Anniversary watch is a polar opposite in almost every sense.
It pays tribute to the brand's first wrist chronograph developed in 1913, so naturally you would expect it to be vintage in style - and it is. The information is neatly displayed and still allows for some empty dial space. The balanced counters are overlayed on the dial so they nibble into the swirly numerals, there are blued steel hands and a quirky but quintessential red "12", fundamental features back in the day. The 40mm round case is polished to a mirror finish and looped "bracelet" lugs attach it to leather in style.
Inside the automatic L788.2 Calibre has a 54 hour power reserve and for chronograph connoisseurs, the magic words "Column-Wheel", or in other words, an integrated chronograph, not a bolted on module. As a further bonus, this is a monopusher operated timer, hence the little protrusion on the crown and the absence of case-clutter.
The Longines Single Push-Piece Chronograph 180th Anniversary watch forms part of the celebratory editions for 2012 and comes presented on a brown alligator leather strap with a "dainty" buckle.
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