On May 20, 1927, at 7:52am, the “Spirit of St. Louis” departed from Roosevelt Airport in New York for Le Bourget Airport near Paris. In command, a young American pilot named Charles A. Lindbergh. Thirty-three and a half hours later landed at Le Bourget airport, after the first transatlantic non-stop solo flight. A feat that would make history. As Official Timekeeper of the International Aeronautics Federation, Longines also participated in the homologation of this feat by timing the flight and then adding it to the list of aerial records.
Shortly afterwards, the close collaboration between the aviator and the brand led to the development of Longines hour clock, which has become a true icon of the company’s history. Designed by Charles Lindbergh himself, in partnership with Longines, he could accurately determine length on long-haul flights. Pilots or sailors could thus orient themselves with speed, efficiency and great precision.
Longines today commemorates the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh‘s feat and his timing with a reissue of this legendary watch, produced in a numbered and limited series of 90 copies: The Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary. As impressive as the original piece, this 47,5mm diameter model, a size that made it easier to read and manipulate in the darkness and vibrations of planes of the time-will not fail to draw attention to the adventurers’ wrists of nowadays. With a rotating bezel that allows the correction of the equation of time and a central rotating sphere for synchronization to the exact second, this watch indicates, in addition to hours, minutes and seconds, the hour angle in degrees and minutes of arc.