Just in time for the races: The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878

The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878Paying homage to an affiliation that has spanned more than century, Longines has created a limited edition pocket watch honouring equestrian racing — the Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878. Hewn from solid 18k rose gold, the equestrian-themed pocket watch is said to imbue the Swiss watchmaker’s passion for horse racing, and features an engraved motif of a horse and jockey on its case back. Limited to just 20 pieces in total, the Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878 is actually an exacting replica of the first pocket watch Longines ever produced with a chronograph complication. And, according to Longines, this early adaptation of what would go on to become one of the most important complications in both pocket watches and wristwatches alike, meant that their pocket watches were very popular items at racetracks across North America in the twilight of the 19th century. True to the original, which is kept at Longines’ museum in Saint-Imier, the exclusive pocket watch’s dial is very traditional, and features slim Roman numerals and an Arabic minute tracker decorating the crisp white dial. The steel hands on the Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878 are finished with a distinctively blue hue, and the sub-dial, which displays…

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VIDEO: The latest Omega Trésor is the perfect dressed-down dress watch

You might have missed the slick new updates to Omega’s dressy Trésor line amidst the cavalcade of Speedmaster and Seamaster releases this year but, trust me, they’re worth closer inspection. For one thing, steel joins the family this year, across a few versions. Of particular note is this gorgeous bleu number. Not only is the 40mm steel case an exercise in classic, everyday style of the old school variety, with a slender case and truly top-notch mechanical movement, but the dial is something else. For starters, the thin, long hands and hour markers are timeless. And then there’s the dial itself. It’s domed, which adds complexity and depth, and then there’s the pattern, a printed cross-hatched pattern that brings to mind the ‘linen’ dials of yore. And while it’s fair to say that the Trésor will never be the main arrow in Omega’s quiver — the Speedmaster and Seamaster families are far too strong for that — it’s an excellent, impressive take on a classic genre, and certainly one worth considering if a flexible dress watch is in your future.  Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm Co-Axial Master Chronometer price Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm Co-Axial Master Chronometer, steel on leather, $9250…

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6 of the best sector dial watches

Longines Heritage Classic "Sector Dial"As brands continue to successfully look to the past as they design watches for the present, a number of stylistic elements from as far back as the 1930s can be seen in modern watches. One of these anachronisms is the sector dial, an attractive layout of the dial that is typically defined by closed concentric circles that segment the dial. In this layout, there is a sense of order and control that comes from the portioned spaces of the dial, which remind a little of the structured designs of Art Deco, blended with the minimalism of the Bauhaus movement. As Longines breathed new life into this dial with their new Heritage Classic that they released last week, I thought I’d have a look at some of the best sector dials of the last few years. Dan Henry 1947 Dress Watch The Dan Henry 1947 Dress Watch is possibly the best-looking sector dial you can find on a budget. At 40mm in diameter and 12mm thick, it is a little larger than would have been normal in 1947, but it is perfectly sized for the wrists of today. With the charmingly applied Roman numeral indexes that sit within the brushed chapter…

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Omega's contemporary new museum offers a unique glimpse into its past

Omega's new museumOmega has just opened their latest Museum in the heart of the “La Cité du Temps” in Biel, Switzerland. The museum, which has a decidedly modern aesthetic, was designed by the award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who is famed for his groundbreaking work with paper and recycled cardboard. Housed inside the contemporary institution is a capsule of the Swiss watchmaker’s storied history, which dates back to 1848. The museum features several interactive showcases, as well as stimulating movies and exhibits aimed at celebrating and chronicling Omega’s amazing legacy in horology. One of the standout features is a 9-metre running track that pays homage to Omega’s long-standing support of the ultimate crucible of athletic prowess, the Olympics, which Omega has been the official timekeeper of on many occasions since the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. The running track features the Swiss marque’s iconic bright-red starting blocks and electronic starting gun, and participants can have their sprint to the finish line captured by Omega’s Scan’O’Vision MYRIA, a camera capable of recording up to 10,000 digital images a second. Fans of Omega’s inspiring history in space exploration can also enjoy a display commemorating the Omega “Moonwatch” Speedmaster, the first flight-qualified wristwatch ever to…

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