Longines was founded by Auguste Agassiz and partners in 1832, and Agassiz went on to become head and sole owner of the company. The company was originally established supplying watch parts from independent watchmakers which was the way the Swiss watch industry worked at the time. The company was latter renamed Longines when the founders nephew who was running the company in 1866 purchased land to build a new factory in Es Longines “long meadows”.
The factory was built to move all the skills local independent watchmakers working autonomously under one roof to improve production. The same year in 1867, Longines produces its first movement, the 20A. This 20-line calibre has an anchor escapement, as well as a pendant winding and setting mechanism. It wins an award at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1867. The company grew steadily for the following century becoming a well regarded name in sport watches and chronographs and became part of the Swatch group in 1983.
Enjoy a glimpse at the Longines Flagship Stores throughout the world. These boutiques are a contemporary interpretation of the brand’s traditional values and over 180 years of craftsmanship. They illustrate Longines’ ability to match elegance and precision, as revealed by the aesthetic purity of its designs.
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