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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The "Maison des Fondateurs" building site is under way

— The new "Museum" features a form of architecture that is extremely novel for the Vallée de Joux.
DECEMBER 10, 2016
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Unveiling of Reconstruction of the Universe by by Chinese artist Sun Xun

— Audemars Piguet unveiled Reconstruction of the Universe, a major new immersive artwork by Chinese artist Sun Xun for the second Audemars Piguet Art Commission, at Art Basel in Miami.
DECEMBER 08, 2016
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Double trouble

— The split-seconds or double chronograph is a delicate complication, and something of an art to produce. But it is now facing competition in the domain of dual event timing from new, groundbreaking complications.
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
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Video. Art Basel Miami 2016

— Sun Xun's "Reconstruction of the Universe"
NOVEMBER 26, 2016
Dubai Watch Week
Dubai Watch Week

A benchmark event

— A look back at a hectic but highly informative and constructive visit to the Dubai Watch Week 2016.
NOVEMBER 25, 2016
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GPHG 2016

— The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie awarded in the Mechanical Exception category at this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
NOVEMBER 24, 2016
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Video. Royal Oak Frosted Gold

— See the Royal Oak Frosted Gold model from Audemars Piguet, with Carolina Bucci and Jacqueline Dimier.
NOVEMBER 19, 2016
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Royal Oak Frosted Gold in Florence

— On November 9th, Audemars Piguet launched the new Royal Oak Frosted Gold in Florence.
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
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Royal Oak Frosted Gold

— Audemars Piguet launches the new Royal Oak Frosted Gold for the 40th anniversary of the women’s design icon.
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
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Video. From Le Brassus to Macau

— See the new Audemars Piguet boutique in Macau.
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
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GPHG 2016

The winners

— The complete list of winners of the 2016 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève.
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
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Supercar vs. superwatch

The great divide

— Supercars sell like hot cakes, despite being exorbitantly priced monsters of horsepower. Superwatches, on the other hand, have much more trouble finding owners and must constantly prove their worth. It’s so unfair!
NOVEMBER 09, 2016
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The Tiempo de Relojes awards

— Tiempo de Relojes magazine presented its awards at the SIAR 2016 in Mexico City
OCTOBER 21, 2016
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    Paris performances

    — Paris was the focus of two major new launches last week as Bell & Ross presented several new models and Jean-Claude Biver now starts to make his imprint on...
    OCTOBER 03, 2016
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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.
    SEPTEMBER 29, 2016