Longines is celebrating the theme of aviation this year. 2017 marks the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic non-stop flight across the Atlantic flying in the Spirit of St. Louis plane in 1927. Longines timed the flight and Lindbergh wore a Longines watch throughout. At the end of the flight, he approached Longines with a design for a new watch for pilots. That watch became the Lindbergh Hour Angle watch, first released to in 1931, and the brand has produced it on and off over the decades. The watch was unique because of its rotating bezel that allowed for calculations of longitude.
This year, Longines unveils the Longines Hour Angle 90th anniversary watch, a limited edition of just 90 pieces. The new watch marks the first time an Hour Angle watch is being offered in titanium. The 47.5mm case features a rotating bezel made of black PVD steel. A center disk on the dial allows the wearer to synchronize the seconds, and the watch offers a 180-degree scale for calculating longitude. A self-winding Caliber L699 movement powers the watch and the piece is finished with a vintage-looking brown leather strap. Price: CHF 5,000