Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph

Longines once again draws from its rich watchmaking history to produce the latest vintage-inspired timepiece in its collection — and this week’s Watch to Watch — the Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph, which is available in two distinctive versions.

Like other Longines Single-Push Piece Chronographs that preceded it — including the Avigation Oversize Crown model and the 24-hour-dial version — this watch takes design cues from an earlier model, in this case a Longines timepiece produced in the first half of the 20th century. Also similarly to those watches, this one boasts an exclusive caliber developed for Longines by movement-maker ETA, its sister brand within the Swatch Group. (Click on photos for larger images.)

Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph - black dial

Longines Caliber L788.2, which is based on the ETA A08.L11, is an automatic movement equipped with a monopoussoir (single push-piece) chronograph function controlled by a column wheel. The user of this watch is thus able to operate the start, stop, and return-to-zero functions of the stopwatch by means of a single pusher embedded conveniently in the winding crown. The movement has 27 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 54 hours. The column wheel — which, along with the rest of the movement, is visible through the clear sapphire caseback — has a striking, blued finish.

Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph - black dial - angle

The round, stainless-steel case of the Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph measures 41 mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 30 meters; the front sapphire crystal boasts several layers of nonreflective treatment. Two dial options are available: matte black, with white Arabic numerals; and white lacquer, with black numerals. Both also feature a contrasting tachymeter scale around the dial’s border. The dial has a classical bi-compax design, with a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The date appears in a window at 6 o’clock. The hands, including the center-mounted chronograph seconds hand, are rhodium-plated on the black-dial version and blued on the white-dial version.

Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chrono-white dial

The Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph comes with a black alligator leather strap for the matte black model (Ref. L2.800.4.53.0) and with a brown alligator leather strap for the white-lacquer model (Ref. L2.800.4.23.2). Both retail for $3,150 and will be available this fall.

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  1. Nice looking. My only suggestion would be for the date on the black dial version to be white text on black background to match the rest of the watch.

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