Audemars Piguet

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.
 

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  • About Audemars Piguet

    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.

  • Audemars Piguet's philosophy

    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.

  • Audemars Piguet's 5 key dates

    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
     

  • Audemars Piguet's collections

    Royal Oak
: 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.

  • Contact Audemars Piguet

    Audemars Piguet & Cie SA

    20 rue des Forges

    CH - 1348 Le Brassus

    T. +41 21 642 39 00
     

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Featured Audemars Piguet Watches

  • Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

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    Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

  • Audemars Piguet Millenary

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    Millenary

  • Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher

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    Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher

  • Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

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    Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

  • Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Automatic

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    Royal Oak Automatic

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New colors and portraits for the Millenary

— This season Audemars Piguet unveils a new set of colorful alligator and ostrich leather straps dedicated to its Millenary collection for women.
OCTOBER 01, 2016
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Video. When artistry meets beauty

— The Millenary watch embodied by three women of exception.
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Exhibition in Shanghai

— From October 28th to November 13th 2016, Audemars Piguet will present the exhibition "To Break the Rules, You Must First Master Them" at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
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Video. From Le Brassus to New York by Nigel Barker

— See New York City through photographer Nigel Barker’s eyes.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
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Video. Bernd Wiesberger, Andy Sullivan and Miguel Angel Jimenez in Le Brassus

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— While the 16th prize-giving ceremony of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève will last only one night, that of November 10th 2016 the men and women who have created some of the 72 pre-selected watches have in some cases spent a thousand and one nights on developing them.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
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Royal Oak Quartz

— Audemars Piguet adds two new sparkling models to its emblematic Royal Oak collection.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
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GPHG 2016

Phase one complete!

— The jury has made its first choice for this year’s GPHG, whittling the selection down to six watches in each category and showing a clear preference for certain brands in the process.
SEPTEMBER 01, 2016
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Boutique re-opening in Kuala Lumpur

— On August 11th, Audemars Piguet celebrated the re-opening of its boutique in Kuala Lumpur, located in Starhill Gallery.
SEPTEMBER 01, 2016
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GPHG 2016

Mechanical exception

— We close our overview of the categories in the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève today with an introduction to the watches entered for the Mechanical Exception award.
AUGUST 30, 2016
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The sound of success

— From the chime of Audemars Piguet Supersonnerie to Raymond Weil’s association with The Beatles, even watchmaking can have its successful sounds.
AUGUST 29, 2016
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The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie and the quest for the ultimate sound

— A brand may only produce a handful of minute repeaters every year, yet they are going to great lengths to find the right sound.
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    Calendar watches

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    AUGUST 29, 2016
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    Artistic Crafts

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    AUGUST 18, 2016
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