Longines x Dylan Alcott
Sure to be missed at this year’s Australian Open – though the esteemed former tennis pro, and reigning Australian Of The Year, is keeping sharp time with Longines.
There’s a throwback allure to Dylan Allott – the acclaimed Australian sportsman and wheelchair tennis’ answer to Roger Federer. He speaks his mind and also understands the acute power of his actions holding the reins. He’s an advocate for change just as he’s also a highly accessible local and, arguably, an Australian Of The Year recipient who’s not only valued the platform but used it to gain notable wins, specifically within the disability sector.
Grafted to the smile Alcott wears you’ll also find an awareness of style – cue the 32 year-old’s natural relationship with historic Swiss atelier Longines. It was at last year’s Australian Open that many fans took note of the piece attached to the multiple slam winner (for those counting, Alcott claimed 23 Grand Slam titles during his tennis career, three Paralympic wheelchair tennis golds and one silver, as well as a further gold and silver in wheelchair basketball). That piece was the respected Longines Legend Diver – a favourite for many and a notable spot which firmly outed Alcott’s new alignment to the esteemed brand, one that’s held a firm association with tennis as seen through its lengthy relationship with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, as well as being the former official timekeeper of the French Open (until 2018).
Cut to now and a more refined sense of craftsmanship being sported by Alcott – a piece that dips into Longines’ rich history, the Record Heritage. This informs not only Longines’ impressive 190th anniversary (2022), but also proves the first chronograph to join the Record Collection. “It’s hard not to notice the distinctive vintage aesthetic of the Record Heritage,” explains Alcott. “It’s unlike any other Longines timepiece that I’ve been lucky enough to own. My favourite detail is that the tachometer scale is positioned on the outside of the dial for better visibility.” Indeed. Elsewhere, the 40mm effort melds impressive modern functionality to a sense of ‘40s style – the resulting piece is an excellent multitasker of tangible and immediate allure. Powered by a modified and COSC-certified L895.4 automatic chronograph movement, it holds 30-metre water resistance and a decent 59-hour power reserve. The design – golden numerals against the matte black dial, uncultured by the absence of a date window and balanced by the subdials, open caseback and mirror polished case (bezel, lugs, hood) all form an attraction that is refined and contemporary, with obvious throwback appeal. Much like the man out front, Dylan Alcott.
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