Longines, affordable luxury of Swiss Watchmaking since 1832
Founded as a mere comptoir horloger (watch store) by Auguste Agassiz in 1832 and named "Agassiz & Compagnie" , 1866 the Longines took on this name.
On that year, Ernest Francillon, nephew of Agassiz, bought a land for his watch factory, in a hamlet of Saint-Imier, little town on the Canton of Bern. This village was located in the extreme north-west of Switzerland at a place called "Les Longines" on the banks of the river Suze. To develop the machines necessary for production, 1867 Francillon sought the assistance of a young engineer named Jacques David, who undertook the mechanisation of the production process. In addition the same year he had already adopted the symbol of quality and security against falsification attempts.
The brand of the winged hourglass has the know-how made of tradition, elegance and performance and has become famous in the time specially in the sport field, and not only. Longines provided timers used at the first modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens. Longines has provided the watches required to set and then certify numerous world flight records - not least Charles Lindbergh's 1927 first nonstop solo crossing of the North Atlantic. Also in the 1942 in the movie "Casablanca" Humphrey Bogart wears a Longines watch with a tonneau-shaped case.
The Longines timepieces have always been sporty and functional watches with timeless result of a skillful balance between classical and refinement. Longines proposes itself as a the bridge between Past and Future, typical projecting way for technological improvements and quality of life. Extreme aesthetic sensitivity and obsessive attention to detail have also helped to forge an image of elegance and thanks to it the Longines has received numerous awards and recognitions. Longines models combine the continuous technical innovation and aesthetic goals, attentive to art and fashion trends. All the activities in which Longines is dedicated worldwide aim to affirm only one principle: the cult of elegance
Bedetti official dealer awaits you on his store in Piazza San Silvestro to present you the new Longines collection watches from the centuries-old tradition and timeless elegance.