In 1875, Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet established what is today the oldest watch manufacturer to still be in the hands of its founding families. Both in their early 20s, the duo first created complex movements which they first sold to luxury watch manufacturers. Later, they decided to produce and sell their own watches and officially founded Audemars Piguet et Cie in Le Brassus 1881, starting with fob watches, perpetual calendars and minute repeaters.
After the pair passed away, their sons, Paul-Louis Audemars and Paul-Edward Piguet took over the business and continued producing revolutionary pieces like the world’s thinnest pocket watch movement and the first ever skeleton pocket watch.
This marked the beginning of many firsts for the company—the first minute repeater, wristwatch with perpetual calendar, self-winding ultra-thin wristwatch with dual time zone, and many more, including the world’s first watch made with moss agate.
Today, the company continues to produce its movements in-house and is considered one of the big three Swiss watch manufactures, alongside Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe. They boast three production sites and a workshop specialising in watch repairs for pieces that are 200 years old.
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