Sunday, April 5, 2015

Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911

Longines presents Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911, a pocket watch in 18-carat rose gold, as a tribute to equestrian sports. Produced in a very limited series of numbered pieces, its back is decorated with an engraving of a trio of horses. The metal Lépine pocket watch that was the inspiration for this new edition is kept at the Longines Saint-Imier museum.
Longines Lépine pocket watch, circa 1911
Longines' passion for equestrian sports dates back to more than a century. In 1878, the Swiss watch brand produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911 was inspired by a metal pocket watch kept in the Longines museum and produced in 1911. A year later, the brand partnered a show jumping competition for the first time, the beginning of a long history that led Longines to join forces with renowned racing and show jumping competitions.
This 18-carat rose gold pocket watch has a cleverly crafted background depicting a trio of horses. The heads of these three proud animals stand out against a background of delicately worked foliage. The plant motifs are repeated in the middle of the piece. This unusual model is produced in a very limited edition. Each copy is numbered.
With a diameter of 48.20 mm, this model features the L878.4 calibre with manual winding. This movement is developed exclusively for Longines. Its white dial is decorated with large black painted Arabic numerals and a minute circle. It displays the hours and minutes with elegant "Breguet"-type blued steel hands and there is a small seconds at 6 o'clock. The sides and the bow on this watch are finely crafted in imitation of the original model.
Technical details
The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911
Reference number: L7. 035.8.13.1
Limited series of 20 numbered pieces

Movement
Manually wound mechanical movement
Calibre L878.4 (Longines 37.9 ABC)
16 ¾ lines, 17 jewels, 18,000 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 40 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o'clock

Case
Round, Ø 48.20 mm, 18 carat rose gold
Stamped case back
Sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective treatment

Dial
Polished white lacquer, 12 painted black Arabic numerals
Hands: "Breguet"-type blued steel

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