Dress codes are mutating. Formal has seen its windows put through by smart-casual. Smart-casual has always been confusing. And as for casual proper? Well, you can now find that in suits and weddings and dinner parties across the globe, gleefully adding fuel to the fire with every T-shirt under a blazer. Black tie, however, is an exception: a monolith universally interpreted and uninterrupted by all of menswearkind. That sentiment extends to dress watches, too; the simple, classic kind that sit under the cuff of a tuxedo, built especially for black tie – and there’s no better example than Longines’ latest release.
The Heritage Classic Tuxedo is made for all of your big ticket events on the calendar (which, thankfully, fall largely in winter, and, hopefully, beyond the dull grip of lockdown). As a nod back to the wild parties of the Forties, the Tuxedo sits within the marque’s collection of top-end watches, and is available in two forms: a more traditional three-hand model, and a chronograph. Though please, lower the eyebrow. While a chronograph watch isn’t textbook dress watch territory, the classic, Art Deco-inspired design is muted (and handsome) enough to play wingman to a tuxedo.
It’s relatively slight at a 38.5mm diameter, and houses the Calibre L893.5 – a movement exclusively produced for Longines by ETA, a respected third party manufacturer that has made robust insides for brands like Omega and Tag Heuer in the past. You can expect the Tuxedo to tick along just nicely, then.
Because we like it when things go smoothly. And though menswear ventures out on an ever-wilder, ever-funner trajectory, some things require little improvement. The Tuxedo is one of them. The nice suits, too.
Available on request at longines.com now, priced £1,480
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