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
“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.
Development and production of the first minute repeater wristwatch.
The smallest five-minute repeater calibre ever made, with a diameter of just 15.80 mm.
First jumping-hour wristwatch.
World’s thinnest pocket-watch calibre 81.32 mm.
First skeletonised pocket watch.
World’s thinnest wristwatch.
First Audemars Piguet wristwatch with a perpetual calendar.
World’s first thinnest selfwinding calibre with central rotor (2.45 mm).
Birth of the Royal Oak, the first steel high-end sports watch.
First selfwinding ultra-thin perpetual calendar wristwatch with central rotor.
First ultra-thin (5.5 mm thick including the case) selfwinding tourbillon wristwatch.
Smallest selfwinding perpetual calendar watch.
First wristwatch with Grande and Petite Sonnerie, quarter repeater striking on two gongs.
First selfwinding Grande complication watch
First Grande Sonnerie chiming model, minute repeater with three gongs and three hammers.
First model with Equation of Time, sunrise and sunset times and perpetual calendar.
Audemars Piguet direct-impulse escapement.
First watch featuring a carbon case and movement.
High-frequency chronometer with Audemars Piguet escapement and double balance-spring.
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