EXCLUSIVE. 'The Age of Titanium': not another needless Marvel instalment, but a needs must entry to the celebrated archive of Longines. For this new era is ushering in a renaissance for a metal that is both lighter and more durable than steel, and darker in appearance. All good things. And now, the Swiss marque has cloaked its storied Spirit model in said precious metal, and the Age of Titanium has, perhaps, inadvertently become the Age of Versatility.
See here: an incredibly versatile and wearable watch, abetted by the metal's inkier shade (goes with everything) and a design that is classic, muted and older than its 2021 birth date would suggest (a hallmark of Longines, which has long packed olde worlde watches with new school technology). Better yet, in an age of casualisation (and titanium, duh), watch diktats are shifting. You can wear this sort of piece with a suit. You can wear it with jeans and your best hoody. You can wear it wherever you like, frankly.
Should you need it, the Longines Spirit Titanium has made arrangements for a more formal switch-up. The Nato strap – nylon fabric fastenings that can trace their roots back to British military watches of the Seventies – can be easily replaced with an interchangeable titanium bracelet (sold separately). Bit smarter, and there's two very different watches on offer.
Because versatility pays. Quite literally, actually. All of the world's best watches have bang for their buck; important, especially when a Swiss piece can shave a few zeros from your savings account. In the Longines Spirit Titanium, there's something you can wear every single day. Plus, with a COSC-certified movement (accreditation given to very accurate watches by a very technocratic body), it'll work every single day. You're paying for what you get, and extra.
If 2021, this odious year, truly is the Age of Titanium, then at least there's some sort of silver lining. It's right there on your wrist.
Available in September at longines.com, priced from £2,170
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