Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7
The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 has been inspired by the brand’s rich history and its close relationship with the world of aviation.
Another exciting piece just announced by Longines, which is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year and doing so with a number of anniversary pieces (such as 1942 Heritage Chronograph and Monopusher Chronograph 180th Anniversary LE).
This watch is the Longines Avigation Type A-7, inspired by models developed during the 1930s on request of the U.S. Army for its aviators.
While at the time designated the “Type A-7″ by the U.S. Army, Longines has borrowed from the American military nomenclature to give the modern day interpretation the additional moniker “Avigation”, a mashup of “aviation” and “navigation”.
The A-7 is intentionally large in a number of respects: diameter (49mm), fluted crown, and white numerals — the obvious point of which is to enable aviators to easily read and manipulate the watch, even if wearing gloves.
And then there is its angled position (50° to the right) — thus allowing a pilot to read the timepiece without moving his or her arm or letting go of the controls.
Inside the watch is a single push-piece chronograph is an L788 calibre, a column-wheel movement developed exclusively for Longines (ETA base).