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FESTINA

A HISTORY OF TIME

  • FESTINA LOTUS

    Businessman Miguel Rodriguez acquires the Festina brand, founded in Switzerland in 1902, forming the Festina-Lotus group.

    1984
  • FRANCE

    The Group begins its expansion with the opening of a subsidiary in France.

    1993
  • ITALY

    Opening of a subsidiary in Italy.

    1994
  • MECAQUARTZ

    Festina brand begins marketing in the United States and opens a subsidiary in Switzerland. Launch of Mecaquartz, a watch that stands out for combining mechanical and quartz mechanisms.

    1996
  • FESTINA ORO

    Festina creates its own line of gold watches under the name Festina Oro.

    1999
  • CÓRDOBA

    Creation of a gold watchcase and bracelet production unit in Córdoba.

    2001
  • 100 YEARS

    Festina turns 100. Presentation of the "Century Edition" collection, a new collection whose mission is to unite tradition and modernity.

    2002
  • MAMBO

    Launch of the Mambo collection, accompanied by an international advertising campaign of great impact.

    2004
  • Nº9

    Festina launched Collection N° 9, a worldwide success.

    2006
  • MILANO

    Launch of the Festina Milano women's collection, a collection that brings us closer than ever to the real essence of feminine beauty.

    2008
  • CERAMIC

    Launch of Festina Ceramic. Ceramics plays a leading role in a spectacular, contemporary, innovative and strikingly aesthetic watch line.

    2009
  • TOUR DE FRANCE

    Opening of a subsidiary in Mexico. Festina confirms sponsorship of the Tour de France and the Vuelta for the next five years.

    2010
  • BLACK LIMITED

    First Edition of the Black Limited Edition model from the Chrono Bike Collection.

    2011
  • 110 YEARS

    110th anniversary of the Festina brand. Festina's 20th Anniversary as Official Timekeeper of the Tour de France.

    2012
  • VIRENQUE

    Richard Virenque, image of the advertising campaign for the Festina Chrono Bike 2013 collection.

    2013
  • BOYFRIEND

    Festina presents Boyfriend collection for her, composed by big case watches with a masculine look.

    2014
  • MADEMOISELLE

    Festina launches new models of Mademoiselle collection, elegant watches for her.

    2015

Our History

Festina was created in 1902 by the Stüdi family in the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, in Switzerland. In 1935 the founding family transmitted the brand to businessman Willy Burkhard von Wilhelm and during World War II the company was established in Barcelona, Spain.

In 1984, Miguel Rodríguez Domínguez from Linea de la Concepción, Spain, acquired the Festina brand and all his rights, which is still owned and controlled by him.

In 1992 Festina became the official Timekeeper of the Tour de France until 2016, staying for decades closely linked to the world of cycling as a sponsor / timekeeper of the most important events of the cycling agenda (Tour of Spain, Tour of Britain, etc.).

After twenty-five years sponsoring the Tour de France and other sports competitions, Festina has since 2016 Gerard Butler as ambassador of brand and image of its campaigns worldwide thus moving its brand positioning towards the Lifestyle territory, for the first time together with a prestigious international cinematographic face.

Festina Today

More than thirty years of history, our established presence in over 90 countries on five continents, learning from each of our brands and the 5 million watches sold a year, have made us an international benchmark in the watch market. We are also leaders in many strategic markets through the quality of our products, their exceptional value and the attention we devote to after-sales service.

Our headquarters are in Barcelona, but we also have a high-quality watch production justifyin Switzerland and another justifyspecializing in gold watches in Spain, and eight subsidiaries in France, Germany, Italy, Benelux, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Poland, Chile and Mexico.

A great international expansion that would not be possible if we had not risen on the pillars of innovation and quality to see farther ahead.

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