Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch Review


Longines has revealed its new Avigation Watch Type A-7 with an angled dial.

The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 is inspired by "the brand's rich history and its close relationship with the world of aviation". Its design is based on timepieces developed during the 1930s, which had to meet strict criteria in appearance, quality and precision in order to be worn by aviators and bear the name 'Type A-7' given by the US Army.

The 1930s watches had a fluted crown, so it could be easily used when the pilot was wearing thick gloves, and a large diameter, angled dial and large numerals allowed easy reading in poor light or during turbulence.
The dial was angled so that it was perfectly aligned with the aircraft's instruments when worn on the inside of the wrist, allowing the pilot to read the dial without having to let go of the controls or move his arm.

The dial on the new Avigation Watch Type A-7 is angled at 50° to the right, with large Arabic numerals and Breguet minute and hour hands.

The watch has a steel case measuring 49 mm, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside, and a tachometer scale around the outer edge of the dial. Chronograph functions are operated with a single push-piece set in the fluted crown. It is equipped with an L788 calibre coloumn-wheel movement developed exclusively for Longines, and the intricate workings are displayed through a hinged cover on the sapphire glass case back. It comes with a black alligator strap.

Available to order now for £3,090.