Longines

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Compagnie des Montres Longines
IndustryWatch manufacturing
Founded1832
HeadquartersSaint-Imier, Switzerland
Key people
Walter von Känel, President
ProductsWristwatches, timing devices/systems
Revenue€70.3 million (2009)
Number of employees
340 (2009)
ParentThe Swatch Group
Websitewww.longines.com

Longines (French pronunciation: ​[lɔ̃ʒin]), is a Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832, it is owned by the Swatch Group. Its winged hourglass logo, registered in 1889, is the oldest unchanged, still active registered trademark.[1]

Longines Saint Imier collection

History[edit]

Vintage Longines box
Longines Heritage
A Longines self-winding watch with several horology complicationschronograph, moon phase, day, date and month display.

Based in Saint-Imier since 1832, the Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon S.A. had its 175th anniversary in 2007. The brand evolved from a comptoir[n 1] to a full-fledged manufacture[n 2] operation and then back down to an établisseur today, [n 3] since the early 1980s, as a Swatch Group company. Longines' certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), a designation awarded to all of the pieces in the Record collection.


Commonwealth Games

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Longines - A Timeless Logo". fhs.swiss. Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. October 12, 2009. Retrieved 2018-01-22.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In a business system based on an agreement between producers or salesmen, the comptoir acts as the intermediary between them and their customers.
  2. ^ A manufacture is a watch factory which produces the components (particularly the ébauche) needed for the manufacture of its products. The ébauche is an incomplete watch movement sold as a set of loose parts, comprising the mainplate, the bridges, the train, the winding and setting mechanism and the regulator.
  3. ^ An établisseur is a watch factory which only assembles watches, without itself producing the components, which it buys from specialist suppliers.

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