Today, Longines blends the original beauty of the most amazing of its old products with high end watchmaking styles. The Heritage family is a tribute to the legendary tenacity that has informed Longines makers since the company’s first days. The brand’s models paired with pioneers in their travails in air, land and sea. The centre of Longines models is based on this knowledge. They show the continuity of a company and that brand’s way of showing homage to a story by means of care and sophistication.
Within these smart models in the Heritage family, the most well known is surely the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch, a re-issue of the watch made for the American pilot Charles Lindbergh in 1931. The Longines Weems Second-Setting Watch, a nod to the navigation function made by Captain Philip Van Horn Weems, and the Longines Twenty-Four Hours, an updated version of a watch made just for Swissair pilots in the 1950s, also has a special place in the Heritage collection.
As one of the world’s best-known and adored actresses, Kate Winslet forged a living on a string of performances that push back on classic roles, starting in each a fresh character that shifts with simplicity from drama to passionate love and fierce individualism.
Longines and the Stars
Her initial Oscar nomination came for Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility,” yet it was Winslet’s role of Rose in “Titanic” that showed her to the international world and made her get a second Oscar nomination. Winslet was then nominated for her roles in “Iris,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Little Children,” and got recognition by finally winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in “The Reader” in 2009, just before being nominated in 2016 for the film “Steve Jobs.” Her career includes many famous and award-winning movies, some of them are “Revolutionary Road,” directed by Sam Mendes, in which she also acts with Leonardo DiCaprio, “Finding Neverland” and “Romance & Cigarettes.”
In May 2016, Longines was happy to bring its Ambassador of Elegance for the first ever day to Saint-Imier, the town where the brand was founded in 1832. On her visit, Kate Winslet had the chance to see the factory and assembly types of a Longines model and to come to the Longines Museum. At the close of this amazing day, Kate was glad to see Longines employees and used the chance to show her pleasure at the brand for its role in the Golden Hat Foundation.
In June 2017, Kate Winslet gave the top and very limited model she had elected with her visit at the company headquarters: The Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet. Just five gold pieces were made and named after the brand ambassador. The watches numbered 2/5, 3/5 and 4/5 were sold for the Golden Hat Foundation. The first watch is that of Kate Winslet herself while the number two is housed in the Longines museum.