Back to the essence of the pilot's watch: The new LONGINES PILOT MAJETEKBy Shana Devleschoudere
With the LONGINES PILOT MAJETEK, the brand with the winged hourglass signs the return of a watch designed for aviation and appreciated by a specialized public. This new timepiece combines a spirit of adventure and a historical dimension without ignoring the aesthetic and technical codes of the 21st century. Its bi-directional fluted bezel mounted on its cushion-shaped steel case asserts its original character and recalls the model of inspiration of 1935.
With over 190 years of history, Longines has an incomparable heritage to draw on. Its iconic pilot's and pioneer's instrument watches, with their cutting-edge technical characteristics, are prestigious witnesses to this. The brand with the winged hourglass can thus offer enthusiasts of fine mechanical watches timepieces that draw their DNA from the aesthetic codes of its historic models. Longines combines them with the present to measure time with the undisputed precision and reliability for which it is renowned. The Longines Pilot Majetek is designed in this line.
In its first version, the curved cushion shape of its case emphasizes its unique design, registered on April1, 1935 at the International Industrial Property Office in Bern, Switzerland. Although intended for aviation, this watch has in the past conquered a wider public looking for a reliable, solid, precise and easily readable watch.
The new Longines Pilot Majetek has completely revised technical and ergonomic characteristics. Its revised proportions, its original slightly arched cushion shape and its more rounded lugs meet current trends.
Its 43 mm diameter is comfortable to wear. At 9 o'clock, the outside of the steel case with its screwed back is equipped with a commemorative plate annotated "1935". It refers to the original date of the first Longines "Majetek" model and hides a newly patented gear mechanism. It guarantees the water-resistance to 10 bars (100 m) of the external fluted rotating bezel system coupled with the internal mobile fluorescent triangle marker, or "Starting time indicator". The latter is placed under the sapphire crystal from which it is independent, and above the dial. On the 1935 model, the bezel and the glass equipped with the marker rotated as a unit. The sapphire crystal has now become fixed and contributes to the water-resistance of the new case.
A watch with defined codes
Like the watches dedicated to aviation, the new Longines Pilot Majetek has a matte black dial with optimal readability. White Arabic numerals, stamped and treated with Super-LumiNova® old radium, indicate the hours, highlighted by a railway timer. Rhodium-plated baton-pointed hands hover over them. Phosphorescent, they guarantee optimal night-time readability. As for the small seconds at 6 o'clock, lowered into the dial and oversized, it accentuates with the fluted bezel the original functional character of this pilot's watch. The whole thing exudes elegance and balance.
Powered by the exclusive Longines caliber L893.6 equipped with a magnetically resistant silicon balance spring, the new Longines Pilot Majetek has a 72-hour power reserve. The entire watch head is chronometer-certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), an independent testing body. This timepiece is available with a choice of brown or green leather strap with two beige stitching. A NATO-style strap made of recycled polyester fiber is also available. With its strong character, the Longines Pilot Majetek will accompany you on a daily basis and will adapt to your adventure projects in all latitudes.