Longines has expanded the Spirit collection to include a variety of models, including the Spirit Flyback, which was announced in March 2023. The Spirit Flyback is a flyback chronograph, which is a type of chronograph that allows the wearer to reset and start the timer with a single push of a button. Longines created the world's first two-pusher flyback chronograph in 1925, and it has since become one of the brand's signature complications.
The new titanium version of the Spirit Flyback is essentially the same watch as the stainless steel model, but it is made entirely of brushed and polished grade 5 titanium. The case measures 42mm in diameter and 17mm thick, but it wears thinner on the wrist. The watch has a domed sapphire crystal, a bidirectional rotating bezel with a black ceramic inset, and a screw-on caseback with a sapphire display window.
The dial is identical to the stainless steel model, with applied Arabic numeral markers and a two-register layout. However, the new titanium model has a dark anthracite gray dial with a subtle sunray finish, instead of a black dial. The watch also features bronze-colored accents on the dial and hands, and bright red highlights for the "Flyback" text and the tip of the chronograph seconds hand.
The watch is powered by the Caliber L791.4 automatic flyback chronograph movement, which is produced specifically for Longines by ETA. The movement runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) and has a power reserve of approximately 68 hours. It features a silicon balance spring for superior chronometry and resistance to magnetism, along with a column wheel to control the chronograph functions. The watch is also a COSC-certified chronometer, meaning that it keeps time within the stringent standards of -4/+6 seconds per day.
The new titanium Longines Spirit Flyback is available in a single colorway, with the option of a NATO-style strap or a matching grade 5 titanium bracelet. The bracelet features a three-link design with brushed surfaces and small polished highlights. The clasp has a double-folding design with a push-button release, and the end links connect to the lugs with an integrated quick-release system. The NATO strap features a matching titanium buckle.
The titanium Longines Spirit Flyback has an official retail price of $4,850 USD on a strap (ref. L3.8188.8.131.52) or $5,200 USD on a bracelet (ref. L3.8184.108.40.206).
The new titanium Longines Spirit Flyback is a great option for those who are looking for a stylish and durable flyback chronograph. It is made from high-quality materials and has a reliable movement. The watch is also competitively priced, especially considering the fact that it is made from titanium.