Longines’s most famous historical timepiece, the Hour Angle Watch, was created in 1931 based on a design by aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, for whose record-setting transatlantic flight in 1927 the Swiss watchmaker served as the timer. The Hour Angle – whose most recent limited-edition model was released in 2017 – brought prestige to the Saint-Imier-based watchmaker and cemented its place in the history of aviation and timekeeping.
Thus it was fitting that Longines repay the favor by naming its new award, established this year, after Lindbergh, and honoring as its first recipient Lindbergh’s own grandson, Eric Lindbergh, who re-enacted his grandfather’s historic flight in May 2002 aboard a small single-engine airplane. The inaugural awards ceremony was held at the New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan on May 21, the anniversary date of the 1927 flight.
Attendees had a chance to see a rare selection of vintage Longines aviation watches, culled from the company’s museum, on display, and to witness Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli awarding the Lindbergh scion his own Hour Angle watch from the current collection, along with a cash prize of $25,000 – the same sum Charles Lindbergh received for being the first aviator to successfully cross the Atlantic. Longines says it will continue to bestow its Lindbergh Award in coming years to “a person of Charles Lindbergh’s pioneering character, in a spirit of elegance and performance.”