Longines can trace its history of supplying watches to the transport industries back to the early 20th century, when its navigation instruments were used by the International Aeronautical Federation. Now, Longine has plumbed the depths of its nautical history for its new watch, the Heritage Military Marine Nationale, which draws on the archives for its carefully considered design.

‘Longines’ past is an invaluable source of inspiration, and we have been re-interpreting historical pieces for over 30 years,’ acknowledges vice president of marketing, Matthieu Baumgartner. ‘This piece illustrates the timeless aesthetics of our creations.’ It’s a timely addition to their Heritage collection, acknowledging that now, more than ever, wearers are looking for simple, well-made pieces that will last.

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The original 1947 Military Marine Nationale

The vintage aesthetic of the new model is an effective foil for the contemporary technology inside. Muted colour hues, a clean face – the lack of a date window is a nod to the original – and retro typography are understated reworkings of the original 1947 piece. Further design accents, such as the traditional screwed back and and gently curved domed sapphire, ensure a reassuring familiarity. Originally created for the French Navy, it adhered to their request for watches which were both tough and accurate. §