Behind the name, Longines is a man called Auguste Agassi who, in 1832, first established this brand in Switzerland. The house soon acquired worldwide recognition owing to its having important connections across the Atlantic. In 1854, Ernest Francillon, Agassiz’s nephew, took control of the company bringing with him a number of modifications.
In 1866, Francillon bought property in an area outside of Saint-Imier. The region was known as “Les Longines” meaning “the long meadows”; this is how the company got its modern name. Under the skillful management of Francillon, a factory was built here to commence the manufacturing of Longines pocket watches.
The brand’s watches are true works of art; a blend of superb technology and sophisticated design. Over time, Longines has strongly maintained its expertise and every one of its collections is an exclusive piece with an impeccable design.
The craftsmanship of Longines is irrefutable and matchless; stimulated by a strong desire for fine watchmaking, the watches produced possess unquestionable prestige. The brand’s success was astounding with an increased demand for high-quality Longines watches; resulting in Francillon having to adopt measures to protect the business against counterfeiting. In 1889, the Longines brand was registered at the Federal Office for Intellectual Property; becoming the world’s first registered watch brand. The winged hourglass, the renowned Longines motif, is a well-protected brand logo even today.
Since 1867, the house has maintained its pace with its primary watch movement, the 20A. In addition, this modern creation led to the brand winning an award at the World Fair in Paris. Moreover, the concept of using timers in horse racing was first introduced by the brand; specifically in the United States. Longines creations are famous all over the world for their technological competence. To this day, the top-quality of the Longines house is manifested in each one of its collections: Watchmaking Tradition, Elegance, Sport and Heritage, Equestrian, with models depicting a combination of heritage, sophistication, and high-performance.
In 1954, Longines launched the first quartz clock; noted for its outstanding accuracy and winning several Observatory awards. Since then, Longines manufactures both mechanical and electronic watches. Apart from manual wind and traditional automatic watches, the brand also produces sports quartz watches.
The Miller House has the pleasure of presenting signed Longines luxury watches that have become increasingly affordable. We do often acquire beautiful pre-owned Longines watches that we are happy to sell at competitive prices.