He was appointed President of Longines in 1988. Walter von Känel is a member of the Extended Swatch Group Management Board since 1991 and as a member of the Extended Group Management Board responsible for Longines. This is in brief what you need to know about Walter von Känel, today being 78 years young, not old! In 2019 Walter celebrated his 50th anniversary working with Longines. Yes, the 50th anniversary! In October I met Walter and we talked about him, his time at Longines so far, about the novelties and how long with his 78 years he still plans to stay the President of Longines.