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The New Longines Spirit Zulu Time Watch is a GMT Stunner

Swiss luxury watchmaker Longines drew upon their first dual-time zone wristwatch from 1925 when creating the latest member of their beloved Spirit family. Taking its historic predecessor into the modern age, the new Spirit Zulu Time Watch likewise delivers multiple time zone functionality. More than that, it continues the brand’s ongoing commitment to absolute precision, with an uber-accurate power reserve of 72 hours and chronometer-certified movement. Bearing the signature winged logo on its sleek and streamlined display, this one goes out to the high-fliers and true adventurers with a passionate sense of style.

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Longines was essential to the development of GMT watches and so the new Spirit Zulu Time Watch comes with an immediate and iconic built-in heritage. Rooted in the past perhaps, but the piece is strikingly contemporary in terms of design and performance. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, its jumping local 12-hour hand can be adjusted independently of the GMT indicator, whilst a 24-hour bezel enables further GMT functionality on the triple time-zone display. Everything harmonises seamlessly upon a minimalist dial, allowing the watch to generate a stylish aesthetic regardless of its advanced features.

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Masterfully executed both above and below the skin, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time Watch runs on new automatic calibre L844.4. The movement was chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), hence the five stars stamped on the dial, denoting mechanics of the highest quality. Additional features include a coloured ceramic insert on the bezel, 42mm steel case, screw-down crown, newly centred date display, interchangeable strap of either stainless steel or leather with a new fine adjustment system for improved ergonomics, and Super-LumiNova coating on the hands and numerals.

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You may recall the mention of a 1925 predecessor, which also went by the name of Zulu and looked quite different by comparison. A trailblazer for its time, it was the first Longines wristwatch to feature dual-time zone functionality (something they’d previously incorporated into pocket watches). The word “Zulu” refers to the letter “Z,” which designates universal time for aviators and members of the armed forces. An icon was born and so too was an enduring legacy, whereby the brand continued to experiment with multiple time zone displays on both their watches and cockpit instruments.

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With Longines’ latest, you have your options and we’re not just talking about the different time zones. Choose between various finishes such as shiny, matt, polished, in relief, or embossed. The dial is available in either matt black, sandblasted anthracite, or sunray blue. And whilst the stainless steel bracelet comes in just one variant, the leather strap is being offered in brown, beige, or blue. No matter where you land, you’re getting an instant classic with a glorious heritage of precision and innovation preceding it. Strap up and see where it takes you.

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Jacob Osborn
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Jacob Osborn

Jacob Osborn is an accomplished author and journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and co-authored a Young Adult novel through Simon & Schuster. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob specialises in entertainment, technology and alcohol reporting. You might find him crate-digging at the nearest record store or sampling whisky at the nearest bar. He daydreams of travelling around the world, but for now, the world will have to come to him by way of lifestyle products, gear, gadgetry, and entertainment. Let's call it a happy compromise while he saves up for the next big trip.