First introduced earlier this year, the Longines Spirit Flyback represented a significant milestone in the extensive legacy of the Swiss traditional brand’s pilot watches, with its signature incorporation of the flyback function is a testament to Longines’ pioneering role in advancing this technology. In fact, the winged-hourglass brand introduced the first model with a flyback function in 1925, subsequently filing a patent registered on June 16, 1936— a remarkable world first.
Distinguishing itself from a typical chronograph that requires the seconds hand to be stopped, reset, and restarted, the flyback function allows the hand to instantly return to zero and recommence measuring time with a single press of the push-button. This functionality is particularly advantageous in scenarios where precision and speed are paramount, such as in aviation.
Expanding on this line, a new titanium version of the Spirit Flyback is now being introduced, featuring a case made of grade 5 titanium— an alloy known for being both lighter and more robust than steel. The 42-mm case, water-resistant up to 100 meters, showcases a satin-polished finish that masterfully plays with the interplay of dark shades and subtle shine.
The watch houses the Longines exclusive L791.4 caliber, with a high resistance to magnetic fields thanks to a silicon-balance spring. With a power reserve of up to 68 hours, this self-winding movement receives a chronometer certificate from the C.O.S.C. for its precision. A transparent case back offers a captivating view of many detail of the inner works, with its oscillating weight adorned with a globe—the emblem of the Longines Spirit collection.
Another emblem of this collection can be found on the anthracite dial that is furnished with gilt hands and numerals that are coated with Super-LumiNova for optimal legibility in all light conditions, the five stars that speak of the highest quality of a Longines timepiece. The Longines Spirit Flyback boasts a bidirectional rotating bezel with a black ceramic insert with luminescent markers.
Pricing is marked at $4,850 for the NATO-strap version and at $5,200 for the bracelet execution.
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