Through the hecticness of work and life, Singapore singer-songwriter Benjamin Kheng finds moments of reset to recalibrate and focus before pushing forward onto the next endeavour. “Time is the thing I never got back — time with loved ones, with myself, with the things and ones that matter. So I’m on a mission to make time now and to make the most of it,” remarked Kheng The Longines Spirit Flyback captures the same essence with its flyback function to accurately chart the next adventure life takes you on.
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With a push of the reset button, the Longines Spirit Flyback chronograph seconds hand will “fly back” — resetting and continuing without stopping, unlike regular chronographs that had to be stopped and reset before a new timing could start again. The innovative feature was conceptualised in 1925 and patented in 1936 by Longines for aviators to chart their navigation accurately.
Longines designed the Longines Spirit Flyback with versatility in mind, as the 100m water-resistant stainless steel case is more than capable of handling dry or wet conditions. Its utilitarian guise is elegantly refined as the watch case features meticulous finishes ranging from polished, satin and matte.
Large handsets and Arabic numeral appliques feature gold outlines and a black or blue sunburst dial finish. Five stars are stamped on the dial to convey a tradition of Longines — to signify an improvement in the quality and reliability of the watch’s movements, as five stars are the maximum number that can be achieved.
Herein lies the automatic Longines calibre L791.4 fitted with an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring to guarantee accuracy and increased longevity. The printed FLYBACK and CHRONOMETER texts hint at the flyback chronograph complication and the chronometer testing and certification by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). Flipping the watch over reveals all the details of the calibre, including a personalised weight engraved with the globe representing the Longines Spirit collection.
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