Audemars Piguet

Partner brand  FHH

History

The Manufacture was established in 1875 in Le Brassus, a village at the heart of La Vallée-de-Joux in the Swiss Jura, by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet, two enterprising young men who combined their talent to develop and produce watches featuring rare complications.

Already in these early days, an Audemars-Piguet watch was prized by admirers of fine mechanical timepieces. Through determination, imagination and discipline, they inscribed their name on the wider history of watchmaking. The company they established has never left the hands of the founding families.



Key dates

1875

The company was established by Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet.

1883

Production began of complication watches and striking watches.

Audemars Piguet creates the first jumping-hour wristwatch driven by calibre HPVM10'''.

1972

Création sur un design de Gérald Genta de la Royal Oak, la montre de sport en acier aussi chère qu’une montre en or

A new world first: Audemars Piguet makes the first ultra-thin selfwinding tourbillon wristwatch (calibre 2870). The tourbillon carriage is the smallest ever made.

1992

Lancement de la collection Royal Oak Offshore pour les 20 ans d’une montre devenue une icône.

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the company founding, the Jules Audemars Dynamograph wristwatch (calibre 2891) is added to the Audemars Piguet Classic Collection. It is characterised by a new qualitative indication: that of the torque supplied by the mainspring.

Launch of Tradition d'Excellence, now a sought-after collection of finely crafted timepieces showcasing both traditional and innovative complications.

For its 30th anniversary, the Royal Oak treats itself to the Royal Oak Concept watch. Its aesthetics are resolutely futurists; the materials used for its case, titanium and 602 alacrite, stem from cutting-edge technological research; and its original movement (calibre 2896) reaches new peaks of sophistication.

Team Alinghi, sponsored by Audemars Piguet, won the America's Cup.

Launch of the fourth piece in the Tradition d'Excellence Collection. Limited to 20 pieces, this Royal Oak hand-wound tourbillon chronograph has a double ten-day power-reserve indication and a 30-minute counter. The watch is equipped with the 2893 calibre. The caseback and the bracelet are made of platinum 950.

Audemars Piguet presented the Edward Piguet Moss Agate Tourbillon, the first ever watch with a baseplate in moss agate, a semi-translucent mineral whose fine mottled pattern resembles tendrils. This innovation was made possible thanks to the invention of a technique for drilling fine stones (rutilated quartz, moss agate, etc).

A fifth timepiece joined the Tradition d'Excellence collection, manufactured as a limited edition of 20 in platinum. For this exceptional watch, Audemars Piguet broke new ground and chose an oval Millenary case to house a perpetual calendar with a linear display. Its Audemars Piguet escapement, based on a design by the 18th-century watchmaker Robert Robin (1742-1799), functions without lubricant and is resistant to shocks (calibre 2899).

The first forged carbon case. This exceptionally light but also extremely resistant material is an assembly of carbon fibres with a diameter of 1 to 2 mm. Each carbon fibre is composed of several thousand micro-fibres of just seven microns, embedded in a resin filament. The carbon is compressed at high temperature then finished to meticulous standards.

Opening of the Manufacture des Forges. This new production site in the centre of Le Brassus was the first industrial building to meet the standards of the new Swiss Minergie-Eco® environmental certification.

2012

Les 40 ans de la Royal Oak donnent lieu à la mise au point d’une nouvelle série commémorative. Michael Schumacher, le pilote de Formule 1 le plus titré de l’histoire de la Formule 1 est ambassadeur Audemars Piguet.

2013

Présentation de la première Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication.

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