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Compagnie des Montres Longines
Type
Member of the Swatch group
Industry Watch manufacturing
Founded 1832
Headquarters Saint-Imier, Switzerland
Key people
Walter von Känel, President
Products Wristwatches, timing devices/systems
Revenue €70.3 million (2009)
Number of employees
340 (2009)
Parent The Swatch Group Ltd.
Website www.longines.com
A Longines self-winding watch with several horology complications—chronograph, moon phase, day, date and month display.

Longines (French pronunciation: ​[lɔ̃ʒin], LAWN-zheen) is a luxury watch company based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832, it is currently owned by the Swatch Group. Its winged hourglass logo is the oldest registered trademark for a watchmaker.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Vintage Longines box.

Based in Saint-Imier since 1832, the Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon S.A. was among the world’s leading watch companies. In 2007, Longines had its 175th anniversary. The brand evolved from a comptoir[n 1] to a full-fledged manufacturing[n 2] operation and then back down to an établisseur[n 3] today, since the early 1980s, as a Swatch Group company.

References[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 main plate, 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.

External links[edit]

  • Official site
  • The Swatch Group
  • Thermocompensation: Methods and Movements
  • Longines' VHP movement - a different ETA quartz
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