Strong of the pride that feeds its historical bond with the world of aviation, Longines has chosen to celebrate the first non-stop solo transatlantic flight from Charles Lindbergh that 92 years ago, completed the solo crossing of the ocean Atlantic, an epic feat and an event timed by the Swiss watch brand Longines.
Exactly 92 years ago, there was a special event that is now carefully marked in the history books of the brand. It was exactly June 16, 1927, when Charles Lindbergh received a New York a US $ 25.000 prize given to him by Raymond Orteig.
This sum of money was given by the American businessman, owner of a chain of hotels in Big Apple, as the founder of the prize Orteig, that is a recognition to be given to the first man able to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
The award established in 1919 was awarded to Charles Lindbergh for completing his non-stop flight from New York to Paris, managing to complete the feat, after years of failed attempts by other "competitors", aboard his Spirit of St. Louis, single-engine high-wing aircraft made by the US company Ryan Airlines.
The credit for that historic enterprise goes to the courage of the American aviator and to his skills as an aviator as well as an inventor.
Longines has celebrated this aviation milestone and this beautiful story several times by making a Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle, inspired by the Longines Weems (Pilot and Navigation in the photo below), which is still considered one of the most loved watches by lovers of the brand.
For many fans of the maison, nothing is able to match the 1987 version (photo below) that commemorated the first sixty years of that historic feat, a great aviator's watch equipped with a manually wound caliber derived from some pocket calibers. available in manufactory.
In 2017 to celebrate 90 years since the crossing of Charles Lindbergh, a limited series of the Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle, the version named precisely: 90th Anniversary (photo below).
Longines also introduced the Longines Lindberg Award, an additional prize of 25.000 dollars (the same sum that Raymond Orteig gave to Charles Lindbergh for being the first aviator to successfully cross the Atlantic) which is awarded every year to a person with the same character of Charles Lindbergh: a pioneering spirit, a combination of elegance and performance, dear to the Swiss watch brand.
Erik Lindbergh, grandson of the famous American pilot who made the first maiden flight on May 21, 1927, was the first to be awarded the Longines Lindbergh Award. In May 2002, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the historic flight, Erik Lindbergh then 37 years old followed in the footsteps of his illustrious grandfather, completing the same Atlantic crossing between Long Island, New York and Le Bourget, near Paris, in aboard a small single-engine plane.
During a special evening held on Monday 21 May on the occasion of the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's flight, Longines chose to assign the Longines Lindbergh Award in the headquarters of The New York Times, the newspaper that followed with fervor the exploits of Charles Lindbergh.