Audemars Piguet !
Here is an incredible brand! Founded in 1875 by two childhood friends Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet . The Audemars Piguet’s house is created in a first place thanks to Jean-Luis who decide to open a clock workshop in the family farm located in Le Brassus in Switzerland. He decided to appeal to his friend Edward Auguste to work together, this association will aim to create and sell their own model .In 1881 the two friends signed the contract that formalizes the launch of their company. The manufacture Audemars Piguet & Cie is born.
From the beginning of their activity, the manufacture specializes in complicated watches and clock mechanisms with a high level of precision. This brand will be known by the quality of the work done, and also by the modernity of the watches offered for sale . Jean-Luis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet both have distinct roles within the company, the first manages the manufacturing while the other is in charge of bringing the finishing touches to the products. In 1918, 1919, the two creators died and the manufacture will be taken over by their successors Paul Luis Audemars and Paul Edward Piguet. Production constantly increases and the wtchmaking company counts among these clients’ famous jewelers such as Cartier and Tiffany & Co.
Audemars Piguet challenges the other great jewelers by their innovations; in 1967 it presents the automatic movement with central rotor in gold, actually the finest of the world with only 2,45mm of thickness. Moreover, in 1986 they will be the first one to add a tourbillon within mechanical watch .It does not end there, in 1989, we see for the first time a watch showing the time of a second time zone from a single movement. They strike the decisive blow in 2009 by the creation of the Jules Audemars Watch in memory of the creator, has the unique feature of having a frequency of 43,200 vibrations per hour.
Today Audemars piguet boats an international reputation present in 88 countries with 1200 collaborators (900 in Swiss). The brand produce in average 30 000 watches every year, all hand made.
By Nathan Lehiany