Driven by the winged hourglass brand’s rich heritage, the Longines Spirit collection is beginning a new chapter to add to its history, with the Longines Spirit Zulu Time. Featuring multiple time zones, this timepiece is a continuation of Longines’ precision instruments worn by the world’s greatest pioneers on their legendary exploits. The Longines Spirit Zulu Time celebrates the mindset of these heroes, embodies the sense of adventure that modern explorers possess and harks back to the pioneering role that the brand played in developing watches with multiple time zones.
The Longines Spirit collection now has a new watch featuring multiple time zones – a model inextricably intertwined with the brand’s pioneering spirit. The new Longines Spirit Zulu Time typifies the watchmaker’s century-old expertise in timepieces of its kind. Its origins and its name come from the first Longines dual-time zone wristwatch manufactured in 1925, which featured the Zulu flag on its dial – Zulu referring to the letter “Z” which designates universal time for aviators and members of the armed forces. The development of other GMT models, aimed mainly at the aeronautics sector, has continued to bolster the pioneering role that Longines plays in this field.
Many adventurers have crossed the world’s time zones with a Longines watch on their wrist. They have traversed the globe with determination and passion, making the impossible a reality. Renowned aviators including Amy Johnson, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon conquered the air and set new records – all with Longines’ assistance. A guarantee of safety and reliability for these early pioneers.
A link between history and innovation, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time pays homage to the brand’s rich heritage, resulting in an exceptional timepiece to be used by all modern pioneers. An exclusive new Longines in-house calibre with a silicon balance-spring drives the time zone display. A state-of-the-art technology that allows the hour hand to be adjusted independently of the GMT indicator. Additional time zones are read using a 24-hour hand and a bidirectional rotating bezel, also graduated over 24 hours. Extremely accurate with a power reserve of 72 hours, this new movement is chronometer-certified by the COSC (the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), in a nod to the five stars stamped on the dial which, in the history of Longines, was a guarantee of a movement of the highest quality.
Aesthetically, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time stands out with its meticulous execution and the particular care given to the various finishes on the details – whether shiny, matt, polished, in relief or embossed. This model features a bezel enhanced with a colored ceramic insert, and is available on a matt black, sandblasted anthracite or sunray blue dial, with a date window now centered at the 6 o’clock position. Its hands and numerals, coated with Super-LumiNova®, enable the time to be read under all circumstances. The 42 mm steel case has an interchangeable stainless-steel bracelet or an interchangeable brown, beige or blue leather strap. These straps all have a folding clasp fitted with a new fine adjustment system for maximum comfort and a perfect fit.
So, whatever your destination, wherever your taste for adventure takes you, you will never lose track of time with the Longines Spirit Zulu Time on your wrist. Are you ready to unleash the pioneer in you?
About the movement
With centuries of watchmaking expertise, Longines has played a pioneering role in a number of technological advances and continues to display an unwavering commitment to innovation. Its constant pursuit of excellence has, in turn, led it to equip all of its automatic timepieces with state-of-the-art movements which, notably, include a silicon balance-spring. This material is not only light and corrosion resistant but also remains unaffected by normal temperature variations and magnetic fields. Its unique properties improve the precision and longevity of the watch and allow Longines to provide these models with a 5-year warranty.