Swiss wrist watch Louis Erard
The entire history of Longines watches is filled with such powerful historical characters that only a brief description of the lives and events associated with the lives of these people can provide materials for writing more than one novel. Longines watches and the history of the Olympic games, conquerors of the air and ocean depths, great movie actors and outstanding presidents, they are all connected by this outstanding brand.
In the XIX century, the inhabitants of the earth appreciated the importance of the route through the Arctic ocean. The canadian government subsidized an expedition to the North pole for the purpose of exploring routes. The Arctic ship was purchased, and Joseph Bernier, an experienced seaman, was appointed captain. In 1906, the expedition left Quebec, heading "Nord". The North pole was reached in a year, the total voyage took 429 days, and two Longines Express Monarch marine chronometers were used as navigation devices. As Bernier wrote, one of the devices was behind by 13 seconds, and the other by 4. Minus 4 seconds in 429 days! This was the first Longines record!
Longines brought good fortune to the Canadians ' competitors – the Scandinavians, more precisely, Roald Amundsen, who took with him the Longines Navigation Chronograph, specially designed by the company in 1889 to work at low temperatures, on an expedition to the South pole in 1911. And in 1926, the indefatigable Norwegian Roald Amundsen, now equipped with a Longines wrist chronograph, makes a non-stop flight-2000 kilometers over the North pole on the airship "Norge". Perhaps the most striking messenger of Longines, who tested the reliability of watches in extreme conditions, was the Swiss national hero, scientist, physicist, Auguste Picard. In 1931, on may 27, he and his assistant climbed from Augsburg (Bavaria) to an altitude of 15,787 meters on a hydrogen-filled stratostat with a sealed aluminum gondola. This was the first flight into the stratosphere in the history of mankind. In 1948, Piccard built a bathyscaphe and tried to descend in it into a deep depression near The Cape Verde Islands. The next bathyscaphe "Trieste", equipped with the latest Longines quartz timers, he built together with his son Jacques. In 1953, they sank on it in the Mediterranean sea to a depth of 3150 meters. And on January 23, 1960, the Trieste with Jacques Piccard on Board touched bottom at a depth of 10,900 meters in the Mariana trench of the Pacific ocean near the island of GUAM. To be continued...
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