Audemars Piguet is one of the few independent family-owned watch businesses and has been based in Le Brassus, in Switzerland's Vallée de Joux region, at the heart of the fine watchmaking industry, ever since the company was first established in 1875.
The year was 1875. At that time, aged 24 and 22 respectively, Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet – who had been friends from their school days and shared a common interest in watchmaking – began to produce complicated watches at their parents' homes In Le Brassus, Switzerland. After working together for six years, they founded “Audemars Piguet & Cie”.
Thanks to their technical prowess, they were quickly successful, and by 1888 they already had agents representing them all over the world. The following year, the manufacture became the third biggest employer in the region.
In 1893, Audemars Piguet started manufacturing wristwatches and in 1915 the company made its first Minute Repeater.
Between its founding and 1912, Audemars Piguet delivered 35 complications to Glashütte, the German watchmaking capital in the state of Saxony.
After the first world war, business resumed until the death of the founders in 1918 and 1919. Their sons inherited the family business and Audemars Piguet thus became a specialist in grand complications. At that time, the company had over one hundred employees and carried on its mission, even throughout the Great Depression of 1929-1939.
In 1972, Audemars Piguet launched the iconic Royal Oak, the first top-of-the-range stainless- steel sports luxury watch.
Today, the manufacture has over one thousand employees. Audemars Piguet is now the oldest watchmaking manufacture that is still in the hands of its founding family.
A manufacture of excellence, Audemars Piguet epitomises the watchmaking art taken to its highest level. With a constant eye to innovation, the company boasts a large number of patents and in-house calibres, from simple timepieces to grand complications.
The brand is also adventurous, exploring many different avenues – from sports watches to skeleton finishes. In this respect, it is one of the rare manufactures that still produces shaped movements.
1875: The Origins of Audemars Piguet
1882: The first Audemars Piguet Grand Complication is introduced
1955: Creation of the world’s first perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indication
1972: Launch of the Royal Oak
2002: Launch of the Royal Oak Concept
: With a design that breaks away from watchmaking tradition, the Royal Oak boasts a solid case resembling a safe – and an octagonal bezel fixed with eight hexagonal screws.
Royal Oak Concept: Where ultra-modern technical precision meets cutting-edge micro-mechanics to create perfect harmony between case and movement.
Royal Oak Offshore : The aesthetics of the Royal Oak Offshore transform the functional components of the watch into design elements with oversized proportions.
Millenary: A neo-classical style and an unusual oval shape offer infinite possibilities for showing off the movement and complications of these hand-finished timepieces.
Jules Audemars: With the classical, timeless shape of its round case, the minimalist lines of its bezel and the sobriety of its dial, the Jules Audemars collection stands out as a true watchmaking classic.
Classique: A collection that draws its inspiration from the first Audemars Piguet pocket watches and wristwatches, with cushion-shaped cases.