The 180th Anniversary Longines Telemeter & Tachymeter Chronographs

It’s Longines’ 180th birthday.  And, to mark this anniversary, they’ve given me an early birthday present: The Longines Telemeter Chronograph and The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph.  Ok, they didn’t give them to me exactly, but they did release the two watches inspired by classic Longines.  
The Longines Telemeter Chronograph
The Longines Telemeter Chronograph
The Longines Telemeter Chronograph was inspired by a watch produced by Longines in 1933.  This three-register Chronograph features a red telemetric scale circling the outside & a tachymetric scale spiraling the inside of the white lacquered dial, a date at the 4:30 and a 41mm steel case housing a caliber L688 automatic movement with a column-wheel chronograph developed exclusively for Longines.  Blued steel Breguet hands, black Arabic numerals and a black alligator strap round out the watch. 
The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph
The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph
The Longines Tachymeter owes it’s design to a watch featuring a tool first introduced in 1811 to measure the productivity and speed of assembly lines.  In a more contemporary setting, the tachymeter is used to measure speeds of pretty much anything.  The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph brings the elegant & functional look and feel of a traditional tachymeter chrono and brings it into a modern setting.  Like the Longines Telemeter Chronograph, the Longines Tachymeter Chronograph’s heart is a caliber L688 automatic movement with a column-wheel chrono seen through a display back and a date at the 4:30.  The actual tachymetric scale is in blue for the kilometer rate and red for the 100m rate on a white lacquered dial.  Blued steel Breguet hands and and black alligator strap complete the look.
LONGINES PRESS RELEASE:
Longines’ 180th Anniversary
The Longines Telemeter Chronograph & The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph
To mark its 180th anniversary, Longines is launching various new models throughout the year… watch this space! Founded in the town of Saint-Imier, the famous Swiss watchmaker Longines has a long tradition marked by the continual elegance and performance of its products. The Longines Telemeter Chronograph and The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph represent both the brand’s rich history and extend Longines’ Heritage segment with a combination of extraordinary technical features and a touch of elegance.
The Longines Telemeter Chronograph
One of the significant characteristics of this timeless and elegant model is its telemeter scale on the dial, inspired by a beautiful chronograph produced by Longines in 1933. Telemeter scales were initially introduced around 1852 to measure the distance travelled by sound. Activated right after the flash of lightening and stopped when the thunder is heard, the hand of the chronograph shows the distance in kilometres of the phenomenon.
The circular steel case with a diameter of 41 mm houses the caliber L688, a self-winding mechanical movement with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism exclusively developed for Longines, which can be admired through a transparent case back. The chronograph is equipped with a date aperture at 4h30, a small second at 9 o’clock, a 30-minutes counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hours counter at 6.
Besides the appealing technical features, The Longines Telemeter Chronograph also attracts the eye by its harmonious design embodied by a subtle fusion of tradition and a contemporary spirit. The white lacquered dial with 9 black Arabic numerals features the red telemeter scale and a spiral tachymeter scale in the same colour. The blued steel Breguet hands, indicating hours and minutes, add a touch of elegance to this exceptional model fitted on a black alligator strap.
The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph
The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph features a technical tool initially introduced around 1811 to measure the hourly pace in assembly lines, as well as the velocity of the first modern means of locomotion: the tachymeter. To measure the hourly pace, the chronograph is started at the beginning of a task and stopped once the task is completed. The hand then shows the average production pace per hour. To find out the velocity of a subject, the chronograph is activated at distance zero and stopped once the distance of one kilometre has been covered. The hand then indicates the average velocity in units measured.
The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph now combines in a very unique way the technical specifications of a tachymeter with the values of the brand, namely tradition, performance and elegance. The circular steel case with a diameter of 41 mm houses the caliber L688, a self-winding mechanical movement with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism exclusively developed for Longines, which can be admired through a transparent case back. The model features a date aperture at 4h30, a small second at 9 o’clock, a 30-minutes counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hours counter at 6.
Besides its extraordinary technical features, the model stands out with its remarkable design. The white lacquered dial is inspired by the one of a chronograph developed by Longines in 1934 and contrasts perfectly with the black Arabic numerals, the tachymeter scale in blue (1000 m) and red (100 m). A subtle touch of elegance is added to this model by its blued steel Breguet hands indicating hours and minutes and the blued steel counter-weight line pear hand indicating the seconds. To complete the traditional yet contemporary design of the model, it is mounted on an elegant black alligator strap.

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. It is celebrating 180 years of non-stop craftsmanship in 2012 and its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. It has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with the equestrian sports. Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, has outlets in over 130 countries. 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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