Vintage is its middle name: The Longines Avigation BigEye

Vintage is its middle name: The Longines Avigation BigEye

Old school cool

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Straight from the heydays of aviation to 2017, the Longines Avigation BigEye is retro chic at its finest, certified by the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie

Flying straight and true to its name is Longines' Avigation BigEye, the timepiece that swept up the grand prize of the 'Revival' category at this year's Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève. A real blast from the past, the '30s inspired model is a reinterpretation of a chronograph from the maison's Heritage line; a pilot watch that takes pride of place as the symbol of the brand's long-standing relationship with the aviation industry.

With a storied background and an aesthetic of pure, vintage proportions that convinced the jury of the Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie, the Avigation BigEye defo wins at retro cool. Sporting a semi-glossy black dial decorated with SuperLuminova-coated Arabic numerals, the 41mm-sized timepiece also has a 12-hour counter on its six, a small seconds display at 9 o'clock, and a 30-minute indictor at 3 o'clock, oversized just a tad — all the elements of a great aviation watch. The oversized detail gives a touch of originality to the overall look of this flawless Longines creation, on top of lending a readability that's essential to pilots. Finished with big push buttons — another important pilot watch aspect — which allows for easier handling even with gloves on, the Avigation BigEye comes replete with brown leather straps for the ultimate in rocking a fabulously vintage feel. It's a new classic, and it's got the trophy to prove it.