MADE CIRCA: 1900
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
CASE DIAMETER: 56mm
In 1833, in the Swiss town of Saint-Imier, Auguste Agassiz set up a watchmaking firm with the help of his brother Louis Agassiz and, in partnership with Florian Morel and Henri Raiguel which was called 'Raiguel Jeune & Co'.
Following the departure of Henri Raiguel in November 1838 , the company operated under Agassiz & Co. Agassiz exported watches to the USA and, thanks to Agassiz's contacts, the company was incredibly successful. Eventually, in 1846 Agassiz became the firm's sole owner.
In 1854 due to poor health, Agassiz handed the company down to his nephew Ernest Francillon.
Francillon acquired two plots of land called Les Longines ('long and narrow fields'). In 1880 he registered the Longines brand and its famous winged hourglass symbol.
Due to the company's outstanding research and dedication to advancements in horology, Longines has truly earned the title of the “most awarded” watchmaking firm at international shows and Universal Expositions".
In the early twentieth century, Longines became key in sports timekeeping. Active in horse racing from as early as 1878, the Firm excelled with a first jockey's watch and by 1926, it was timekeeper for the Concours Hippique International Officiel de Genève. At the same time, Longines became connected with gymnastics, downhill skiing, tennis and archery – and still is to this day.
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