Longines watches reflect a strong devotion to three values in particular; tradition, elegance and performance. The company are part of the Swatch Group – the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products, creating a number of innovative collections designed for assisting the wrists of various professions, personalities and enthusiasts. Our collections here at Owen & Robinson are sure to entice you into Longines’ world of exquisite manufacturer, with iconic designs from the Master collection, the Conquest collection and the Flagship line.
Longines – the Saint Imier-based luxury watch manufacturer, started out in 1832 where Auguste Agassiz and his two partners began making exquisite pocket watches, and after being taken over by his nephew, the company made its first every movement – the 20A. Other milestones that followed between this time and 1932 included manufacturing a simple chronograph, a calibre for a wristwatch with a single push-piece and also a patented calibre for their iconic 13ZN. This wristwatch featured a semi instantaneous 30 minute counter and a 60 minute continuous counter. Today Longines watches are still very much loved by men and women all over the globe. With a collection for every individual, every profession and every style – the breath-taking universe of Longines watches is an ever-growing yet timeless ensemble of empowering and iconic timepieces for enriching lifestyles.
In 1945 Longines created their first ever self winding movement – the patented 22A calibre, and in 1945 the first Conquest was born – a timepiece designed with a sporty elegant feel that can be worn easily alongside a business suit. These classic wristwatches are perfect for lovers of a sports watch but also those that want to communicate a sense of sophistication and professionalism. The elegant Flagship was then created – a line of stylish timepieces designed with a distinctive medallion featuring a caravel engraved onto the back of the case.
In 1972 the very first Liquid Crystal Display watch was created which received awards for its beautiful aesthetics combined with a modern digital display. The 1997 self-winding L990 calibre was the flattest self-winding movement of its kind. It allowed Longines to begin creating timepieces with a slimline profile for housing this movement at its centre. In 1983 Longines became part of the Swatch group and just a year later produced their first very high precision calibre – the 276 VHP. Integrated with cutting edge technology, this quartz movement resists the effects of temperature variations and was used within the Conquest collection.
1997 marked the year of the Longines DolceVita watch collection – a modern line of elegant timepieces embellished with feminine touches like sparkling diamonds and contemporary rectangular shaped cases for gracing the wrists of the younger generation. Just two years later the Swiss manufacturers adopted the slogan “Elegance is an Attitude” which went on to pave the way for the Longines Master collection in 2005, composed mostly of self-winding movements and the PrimaLuna collection in 2009 - devoted entirely to their female audience.
The new column wheel chronograph movement was created in 2010 – the L688, used in the Saint-Imier collection which would launch two years later. The line paid an undeniable tribute to the company’s heritage and the origins of their watchmaking expertise. The Longines HydroConquest watch collection marked another huge milestone in the company’s history. The collection dedicated to the world of diving, featured a screw-in caseback, lateral protection for the crown and a unidirectional rotating bezel. Longines’ indispensable tool for taking to water with, granted a legible dial thanks to Super-LumiNova coated dial details and a robust stainless steel bracelet with a double safety folding clasp as well as diving extension to wear atop of bulky diving gear.
Amongst these iconic pieces, our Longines watch collections here at Owen & Robinson also include the likes of the Railroad range – a line of timepieces based on the design of the original railroad grade watches produced for the rail service after the 1960’s – and the Longines Symphonette collection, which features an array of elegant ladies timepieces built with delicate oval-shaped cases that are sure to enchant and captivate.