Mixing contemporary beauty with classic elegance, the Longines Symphonette Collection is renowned for its timeless looks, fiery design and amazing ideas around aesthetics that manage to redefine themselves. Giving the option of staying organised whilst looking good, this Longines Symphonette timepiece is shown in a shiny 18.9mm stainless steel case and comes together with a gorgeous steel bracelet. Fuelled by a potent Quartz movement, the Silver-tone textured face is home to blue steel hands, thick sapphire crystal glass and Roman numerals.
Makers of the Longines Symphonette, Longines has crafted a niche for itself from a base in Saint-Imier in Switzerland. Its watchmaking ability shows a real love for history, quality and commitment. With years of experience as a timekeeper for elite level sports events or as a sponsor of international sports federations, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the world’s largest maker of horological products and watches.
The brand known across the globe for its stunning logo now has stores in more than 150 countries. When, in 1832, Auguste Agassiz entered the world of horology, little could he have known that Longines would become one of the world’s most renowned watchmakers. The man entered a trading office created in St. Imier. He quickly went to become the boss and the brand changed names to Agassiz & Co. At this point, he was making watches under the “établissage” style, in which craftsmen worked from their home and gave their models to the different trading offices.
The man got in with a group of good business people, which gave him the ability to sell his watches in other nations, in particular in the United States of America. In the 1850s, Ernest Francillon took control of the company. As the man’s nephew, Francillon took his role very intently, always looking for ways to improve the methods employed in horology in the region.
History Behind Longines Watches
He chose that it would make sense to attempt to blend the various stages that go into creating a watch into one facility. Francillon’s idea was to create a place where he could put together and finish off each of his watches, bringing in some mechanisation. He therefore purchased two chunks of land next to one another in 1866.
Referred to by locals as Les Longines, Francillon took this name for the factory itself, which he ended up building there in 1867. With the help of a young engineer, he made the machines required for crafting the perfect watches. In the 1870s, Francillon’s decision of industrial proved a good one as the factory frequently grew until, in 1911, the Longines factory was the place of work for more than 1,100 people, vending watches across the globe.
The quality of the research done at Longines led to a variety of prizes and recognition from across the industry. This is what saw the name gaining such a solid reputation, winning more awards and prizes than any other watchmaker in the first quarter of the 20th century. Today, Longines is the world’s first trademark or logo to still be used in its original style registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In 1867, Longines was making watches with the winged hourglass symbol on with the name of “Longines” as a universal stamp of luxury today.