Longines is reintroducing a watch designed for aviation with the LONGINES PILOT MAJETEK, which is sure to be appreciated by a wider audience. This new timepiece blends a spirit of adventure and historical significance with modern aesthetic and technical elements. The bidirectional fluted bezel on a cushion-shaped steel case adds a unique touch to the design, evoking the 1935 model that inspired it.
Longines has a history spanning over 190 years and boasts an unparalleled heritage. The brand’s iconic pilot’s and explorer’s instrument watches, featuring cutting-edge technical features, serve as prestigious evidence of this. As such, the winged-hourglass brand is able to offer enthusiasts of fine mechanical watches timepieces that embody the characteristic aesthetics of the brand’s historic models while also incorporating contemporary expertise to ensure undisputed precision and reliability. The design of the Longines Pilot Majetek is a perfect example of this.
The new Longines Pilot Majetek has been completely reworked in terms of its technical and ergonomic features. The revised proportions, original slightly curved cushion shape, and rounded lugs all reflect current trends, while the 43 mm diameter ensures excellent comfort for the wearer.
At 9 o’clock, the outside of the steel case, which has a screw-in back, features a commemorative plate inscribed with “1935,” marking the original date of the first Longines “Majetek” model. The plate conceals a newly patented gear mechanism, guaranteeing water resistance of up to 10 bar (100 m) for the external fluted rotating bezel system, which is coupled with an internal fluorescent mobile triangle marker, or “Starting time indicator.” The latter is located below the sapphire crystal, independent of it, and above the dial. On the 1935 model, the bezel and crystal with the marker rotated as a unit. In the current model, the sapphire glass is fixed, contributing to the water resistance of the new case.
The matte black dial of the Longines Pilot Majetek offers optimal legibility, a characteristic shared with watches designed specifically for aviators. The white Arabic numerals, coated with Super-LumiNova old radium, indicate the hours and are accompanied by a railway minute marker. Rhodium-tipped baton hands move across them, and are phosphorescent, providing optimal night-time legibility. The oversized small seconds dial, located at 6 o’clock, together with the fluted bezel, serve as a reminder of the original functional character of this pilot’s watch. The overall effect is well-balanced, and the watch exudes elegance.
The new Longines Pilot Majetek is powered by the exclusive Longines L893.6 calibre, equipped with a magnetically resistant silicon balance spring, and has a 72-hour power reserve. The entire watch head is certified as a chronometer by the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC), an independent control body. The timepiece comes with a two-stitch strap, available in either brown or green leather with beige topstitching. A NATO-type strap made of polyester fibre, created from recycled materials, is also available. With its strong character, the Longines Pilot Majetek is ideal for everyday wear and for all your upcoming adventures, no matter where in the world they take you.