Longines was founded in 1832 at Saint-Imier in Switzerland. Over the years, Longines has played a pioneering role in many technological breakthroughs, with a particularly strong presence in the aviation industry and in the timing of sports events, while constantly exhibiting its characteristic elegance across the globe. In one such example, Longines helped shape the history of the sporting world by introducing the first timing mechanism automatically triggered by an electric wire. Since then, the brand has been designated as the official partner and timekeeper of international federations and prestigious sporting events throughout the world.