Audemars Piguet watch

Audemars Piguet watch

Audemars Piguet long history dates back to 1875 when a then 23 year old Jules Audemars joined forces with a 21 year old Edward Piguet, also a trained watchmaker, both of them having learned their trade after finishing public school in their hometown of Le Brassus. At the time, Jules was fabricating complicated

Audemars Piguet watch
Audemars Piguet watch

“ebouches” (blank watch movements, to be finished and fitted by a watch manufacturer) from a workshop he had set up at his parents farm, while Edward was working as a self employed “repasseur” (a master watchmaker who performs the final regulation on a watch). Thanks to orders pouring in from Geneva Audemars was forced to engage more watchmakers, one of whom was Edward Piguet, whom he knew from schooldays. Soon after, they decided to cease to work as suppliers to established firms and instead manufacture and market the complicated watches that were their mutual passion. Audemars, Piguet & Cie was thus born.

1892

Development and production of the first minute repeater wristwatch.

1915

The smallest five-minute repeater calibre ever made, with a diameter of just 15.80 mm.

1924

First jumping-hour wristwatch.

Audemars Piguet watch
Audemars Piguet watch

1925

World’s thinnest pocket-watch calibre 81.32 mm.

1934

First skeletonised pocket watch.

1946

World’s thinnest wristwatch.

1957

First Audemars Piguet wristwatch with a perpetual calendar.

1967

World’s first thinnest selfwinding calibre with central rotor (2.45 mm).

Audemars Piguet watch
Audemars Piguet watch

1972

Birth of the Royal Oak, the first steel high-end sports watch.

1978

First selfwinding ultra-thin perpetual calendar wristwatch with central rotor.

1986

First ultra-thin (5.5 mm thick including the case) selfwinding tourbillon wristwatch.

1989

Smallest selfwinding perpetual calendar watch.

1994

Audemars Piguet watch5
Audemars Piguet watch

First wristwatch with Grande and Petite Sonnerie, quarter repeater striking on two gongs.

1996

First selfwinding Grande complication watch

1997

First Grande Sonnerie chiming model, minute repeater with three gongs and three hammers.

2000

First model with Equation of Time, sunrise and sunset times and perpetual calendar.

2006

Audemars Piguet direct-impulse escapement.

2008

First watch featuring a carbon case and movement.

Audemars Piguet watch
Audemars Piguet watch

2009

High-frequency chronometer with Audemars Piguet escapement and double balance-spring.

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Audemars Piguet watch
Audemars Piguet watch

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