Longines, a Swiss luxury watchmaker, was founded in the year 1832. Along with its great history, Longines has also built a strong reputation because of its winged hourglass logo that is amongst the oldest logos which is still active and remains unchanged. The charm of Longines watch collection strongly reflects the spirit of the company.
History of Longines
The legend of the Longines was initiated in the year 1832 by Auguste Agassiz. The founder of this watch company, Agassiz, was trained in business and for quite some time he worked in the banking sector. He along with his two partners named Henri Raiguel and Florian Morel decided to establish their own watchmaking enterprise in the town of Saint-Imier. Thus began the journey of this reputed Swiss luxury watchmakers.
In the initial stage, the partnership that was made amongst these investors was named as Raiguel Jeune & Cie., although later, as we know, this was changed to Longines and gave birth to this renowned brand. Due to the founder's business connections in America, the company soon held a large place in the market and the Longines watches that were assembled by them gained high popularity.
In the course of time, Raiguel and Morel retired and the entire company was left over to Agassiz. Due to poor health in 1850, even Agassiz was forced to take early retirement, although he held on to being a partner until his death in 1877. Two years after Agassiz quit, in 1852, the Longines company was handed over to his nephew Ernest Francillon who bought in various changes and innovations which further uplifted the brand.
The company acquired its name from the long meadows of Les Longines, located in the south of Saint Imier, where Francillon purchased land in 1866. Although the name of the company was changed later in the year 1867.
In the initial days of watchmaking, a regular watch consisted of a typical movement and was assisted with cylindrical escapements that were wound with keys. Nevertheless, known for being outstanding and creative, Francillon decided to come up with something innovative and thought against the key-wound mechanism. Following this was the outcome of Longines watches that were now wounded through the use of the crown, and all of this began in the year 1867.
In 1867, Francillon also brought in Jaques David so as to acquire some help in the implementation of the industrialization that Francillon had planned out in his mind and intent to pursue. Thus David took hold of the operation that was required in setting up of the new factory which included buying and placing the equipment and the mechanical systems. Hence Longines grew at a fast pace and released many models with outstanding features and capabilities.
The Longines watches consist of various renowned models including the Longines Legend Diver, Longines HydroConquest, Longines Conquest, Longines Heritage, and Longines Flagship. Let's take a look at some of the models:
Longines Legend Diver
It is amongst the Longines watches that will not only grab everyone’s attention but will also give you the feeling of never taking it off your wrist. This Longines dive watches family line originated with the model reference 7042 which of course inspired its successors. The case size of the Legend Diver with ref. L3-674-4, which is also known as LLD watch, is 42 mm and has an engraving on its back with two hatched crowns. It also has a date window which is presented at its 3 o’ clock. The Longines diver not only leaves a comfortable feeling on your hand also wraps nicely around the wrist.
This watch from Longines is not only affordable but also has a strong built along with strong features. It is a contemporary dive watch that offers a case that is water resistant up to 300 meters and it also has a sapphire crystal which is equipped with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating. This Longines diver model was first introduced in 2007 and was a part of a larger rollout of the Sports Watch Collection. The diameter of its case is 41mm and is made with stainless steel. There are various colors that are available in its dials, including sunburst black, grey and blue.
Longines Conquest is the watch collection that includes the sporty yet elegant watches. The Longines Conquest family line holds various models, including the Longines Conquest, the Longines Conquest Heritage, and the Longines Conquest Classic. These Longines watches are made perfect to blend with any occasion and style. Although the Longines Conquest is known for its sporty watch collection, yet the Longines Conquest Classic is the timepieces that are unique because of their traditional mechanical movement. These Longines sports watches are notable because of their exceptional performance, accuracy, and durability.
Longines Flagship Heritage
The Longines Flagship collection was first released in the 1960s. One of the current Longines watch model that was released in 2004 with the Longines L4.7184.108.40.206 is popular amongst Longines family line. This comes in a case size of 38.5mm and is put on a real alligator strap, equipped with caliber L615 movement. One of the distinguishing features about this Longines watch is its creamish dial along with its gilt hour markers and dauphine hands. It also consists of Longines' enamel emblem that is present at the back of the watch. With a reasonable price, this watch is really interesting as well as is equipped with Longines automatic mechanism.
Thus add these perfectly built Longines mens watch to your collection and let it embrace your wrists and enhance your style and personality.