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Watchmakers are finding inspiration in history books for new timepieces

Panerai, Tudor, Longines and Omega are reviving old timepieces into new collections.

  • Longines Kate Winslet-inspired Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary 1957-2017 collection


    When Longines Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet visited the brand's Saint-Imier headquarters in Switzerland, a vintage yellow gold watch from the Flagship collection caught her eye.

    Launched in1957, the model - which owes its name to the ship upon which the flag of the fleet's commander in chief flaps in the wind - has stood the test of time with its chic white dial and refined thin profile.

    It was enough for the Titanic-actress to launch her own Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet, a unique, signed collection with just five pieces produced earlier this year.

    The 35-mm timepiece houses a self-winding mechanical movement in its round 18k gold case, and has a flagship, its number and "by Kate Winslet" stamped on the caseback to mark the exclusive identity of each watch.

    No. 1 of 5 is housed in the Longines Museum, while No. 5 of 5 is owned by Winslet herself. The remaining three were auctioned off last month with proceeds going to the Golden Hat Foundation which supports autism awareness.

    For those who missed out, there is the Winslet-inspired Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary 1957-2017 collection that goes on public sale later this year.

    The numbered models beat with a L609 mechanical calibre in their 38.5mm steel (1957 pieces), yellow gold (60 pieces) or rose gold (60 pieces) cases.

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Story first appeared on The Business Times.