Ties that bind

The Heritage collection from Longines it’s a true statement for class and distinction. With each timepiece they’re adding, the collection becomes richer not only in numbers, but in purpose and uniqueness as well.

Brave men who wrote history

During the Second World War, back in the 1940s, the British Special Forces equipped their paratroopers with a watch very much alike what Longines brought before our eyes. The British War Office commissioned these timepieces for the sole use of the Combined Operations Command, marking them with the initials COSD.

Rigorous and thorough

These are the two words that come up in my mind when I look at it. The case is made of steel, 40 mm, hosting an L619.2 self-winding calibre. The glass, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside, make it even more desirable, like that was possible. The strap is similar to what the conditions established in the tactical field require, khaki, NATO style or black leather. On the dial you got big black Arabic numerals from 1 to 12, doubled by the smaller, red ones, counting from 12 to 24, reading the time in a more European way. The minute ring is discreet, but present, a nice touch to add to the finest of details found in this timepiece.  Water resistant for up to 3 bars, white buckle and function for date, all indicating reasons for you to add it to your own collection. A special mention is made for the broad arrow found on the watch’s face. It represents a symbol used in Britain back in those dire times to indicate when something was in government’s property. It was thus to be found on various pieces of military equipment used by the Brits. And what could it be more British than a refined watch, a note of class and style, a little picture of what the real gentlemen under Her Majesty’s command bring with them wherever the Kingdom is in need.