Festina Watch History


Festina is a watch manufacturer. The company was founded in 1902 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The manufacture’s motto was Festina Lente (Latin for ‘Hasten slowly’). In 1984, Cadiz(La Linea) entrepreneur Miguel Rodríguez, already owner of Lotus watches, bought Festina and created the group Festina Lotus S.A.. Since this takeover, the company headquarters have been located in Barcelona, Spain.

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