Longines celebrates its 180th anniversary this year with the launch of the new Saint-Imier collection, named after the village in Switzerland where the luxury watch brand was born. The collection is modelled by brand ambassadors - Hollywood actress Kate Winslet, Chinese actor and singer Aaron Kwok Fu Shing and tennis legend Andre Agassi.
As a guest of Longines for the 'Longines Royal International Horse Show' at Hickstead two weeks ago, The Watch Gallery's online editor Emily Seares managed to explored the new Saint-Imier collection in greater detail, alongside some of the new limited edition watches (limited to just 180 pieces each), to mark the brand's 180th anniversary. The final two images in the slideshow showcase a gold Longines pocket watch and La Grande Classique watch (featuring 180 diamonds) which are both stunning special edition pieces.
Started in the village of Saint-Imier in 1832, Longines has always remained close to the village where the brand was launched. As the only watchmaking company, which was set up and still remains in Saint-Imier, Longines has stayed true to its historical values of 'tradition, elegance and sport'.
The Longines Saint-Imier collection houses a range of exceptional watches, all fitted with mechanical movements which are visible through the transparent sapphire back cover. The shape of the case - inspired by a model dating from 1945 - is common throughout the collection and the watches show hours, minutes, seconds, date and some also feature chronographs. The choice of dials includes black, silver or white mother-of-pearl, with a diamond index and are fitted on a black/brown alligator strap or a steel or rose gold bracelet. A more prestige model features four retrograde functions, as well as day/night display and phases of the moon. This also houses a calibre L707, specially developed by ETA exclusively for Longines.
Browse the Saint-Imier collection now.