Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LONGINES – Flagship HERITAGE – 60th Anniversary 1957-2017 Edition

LONGINES – Flagship HERITAGE60th Anniversary 1957-2017 Limited Edition

Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary 1957-2017
An exceptional anniversary timepiece 

Saint-Imier (Switzerland), January 2017 – Longines celebrates this year the 60th anniversary of its first Flagship collection. For this occasion, the watchmaking brand introduces the Flagship Heritage – 60th Anniversary 1957-2017. This timepiece was inspired by a Flagship model kept in the Swiss watchmaker’s headquarters, favoured by Longines’ Ambassador of Elegance, Kate Winslet. Available in steel, yellow gold or rose gold, these numbered and limited-edition models display a flagship on the back, as did the original pieces.

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Longines sold its first Flagship in 1957, and ever since, the collection has met with lasting success. This timeless watch, with its white dial, thin profile and fine fasteners, quickly won over Longines clients. A perfect blend of technical mastery and subdued elegance, the Flagship owes its name to the ship upon which the flag of the fleet’s commander in chief snaps in the wind. A symbol of Longines’ wishes for this new collection, this caravel is stamped on the back of Flagship watches.

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Today, the Swiss watchmaking brand celebrates 60 years of this iconic collection, a symbol of quality, high precision and distinction, by launching the Flagship Heritage – 60th Anniversary 1957-2017. It was Longines Ambassador of Elegance herself, Kate Winslet, who chose the face of this anniversary timepiece. During a visit to the brand’s headquarters in Switzerland, the British actress fell in love with a model of the Swiss watchmaker. This is the timepiece from which Longines drew inspiration for the subdued and chic dial of this anniversary edition.

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Available in steel, yellow gold or rose gold, the numbered timekeepers house an L609 mechanical calibre in their 38.5 mm case. Exclusive timepieces, the gold versions are limited to 60 watches while the steel versions are limited to 1957 watches.

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The brushed silvery dial is adorned with 8 indexes and 4 Arabic numerals, in yellow gold or rose gold colours. As with the original timepieces, the back of these commemorative watches bears a stamped caravel – the flagship. A brown leather watch strap completes this exceptional timepiece.

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Technical sheet

Model: Flagship HERITAGE 60th Anniversary 1957-2017  Edition

Reference number:
    Stainless Steel - L4.817.4.76.2    Limited series of 1957 numbered pieces
    Rose Gold - L4.817.8.76.2    Limited series of 60 numbered pieces
    Yellow Gold - L4.817.6.76.2    Limited series of 60 numbered pieces

Automatic winding mechanical movement
Calibre L609 (ETA 2895/2)
11’’’ ½  lines, 27 jewels, 28’800 alternations per hour
42-hour power reserve
Hours, minutes, small second and date at 6 o’clock
  • Stainless steel
  • Rose Gold
  • Yellow Gold
Round,  Ø 38.5 mm.
Flagship stamped on the case back
Glass: Sapphire crystal with multi-layered anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: Up to 3 bar (30 meters)  
Brushed silver, 2 zones,
4 Arabic numerals and 8 applied indices in pink or yellow 
Yellow or pink Dauphine hands;
hour and minute hands coated with Super-Luminova®
Brown alligator strap with buckle

Press release - 2017
For further information please contact:
Longines International Public Relations
2610 Saint-Imier, Switzerland
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AUDEMARS PIGUET – Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic

AUDEMARS PIGUETRoyal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic

SIHH 2017
Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
Black Ceramic - 2017

The Perpetual Calendar is strongly embedded into the core of Audemars Piguet’s origins. It is also the reminder that all of time measurement derives from astronomy and naturally occurring cycles. In 1955, Audemars Piguet introduced a world first – a perpetual calendar wristwatch with the essential leap year indication, made in only 9 examples, all in 18 carat yellow gold.

Since then Audemars Piguet has launched many more perpetual calendar wristwatches, among which the latest 2016 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, combining yellow gold, the iconic Gérald Genta design and the ultra-classic complication in all of watchmaking.

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Today, Audemars Piguet enriches its line of Royal Oak Perpetual Calendars with a full black version, made of hand-finished black ceramic. Day, date, month, astronomical moon, week of the year displayed on the dial’s outer chapter ring and the essential leap year indication hold pride of place on the “Grande Tapisserie” decorated dial. Housed in an assertively sized 41 mm case, the selfwinding watch’s larger calibre 5134 is fully visible through the glareproofed sapphire crystal caseback.

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Challenging to master but virtually unscratchable, black ceramic withstands high temperatures and thermal shocks, and is consequently extremely resistant to ageing. Numerous operations demanding extreme patience and skill are required to achieve a uniform, compact and ultra-hard material that can then be machined and hand-finished.

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Audemars Piguet’s specialists required more than 600 hours of research to develop this new wristwatch: whereas it takes six hours to machine, polish, hand-finish, assemble and control a stainless steel Royal Oak bracelet, it takes thirty hours to accomplish these exact same procedures for the black ceramic bracelet…5 times longer!

The dial, with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, is slate grey with black counters and displays a photo realistic astronomical moon that contrasts with all of the black components of the piece.


Model: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic 41 mm

Reference: 26579CE.OO.1225CE.01 - Black dial

Self winding Manufacture Calibre 5134
Total diameter: 29mm (12’’’ 3/4lignes)
Total thickness: 4.31mm
Number of jewels : 38  
Number of parts: 374
Minimal guaranteed power reserve:40h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz): 2.75 (=19,800 vibrations /h)
Black ceramic case
Case 41 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 20 m
Slate grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern.
Black counters,  white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel
Perpetual calendar with week indication, day, date,
astronomical moon, month, leap year, hours and minutes
Black ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet (Marketing) SA
Route de France 16 - Case postale 16
1348 Le Brassus - Switzerland
Phone : + 41 21 642 39 00
Fax : + 41 21 642 34 02
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