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Made in Le Brassus

About Us

Made in Le Brassus

Our company’s exceptional story has all unfolded here, in Le Brassus. Discover our singular approach to watchmaking, our history and our ongoing story.

Established in 1875

Audemars Piguet Founders
Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet

Audemars Piguet is not just a company. It’s still an independent family business established in and continually operating from Le Brassus, in the Vallee De Joux, the cradle of fine watchmaking.

Original Signage Circa 1922
Original Signage Circa 1922

OUR FOUNDERS

In 1875 Jules Louis Audemars, decided to join forces with Edward Auguste Piguet, in order to develop and craft watches equipped with complex mechanisms. They shared a passion for watchmaking and a mastery of the art of precision that still characterizes the company today.

A HISTORY OF INDEPENDENCE

Today, Audemars Piguet is still the oldest fine watch-making manufacturer never to have left the hands of its founding families. This gives the company an independent streak that allows it to go its own way and follow its own unique vision.

From 1875 until Today

World Firsts

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.
1921
First jumping-hour wristwatch.
1925
World’s thinnest pocket-watch calibre 1.32 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).
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 (5.3 mm thick including the case) selfwinding tourbillon wristwatch.
1989
Smallest selfwinding perpetual calendar watch.
1994
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.
2009
High-frequency chronometer with Audemars Piguet escapement and double balance-spring.
  1. 1892

    1892

    Development and production of the first minute repeater wristwatch.

  2. 1978

    1978

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

  3. 2008

    2008

    First watch featuring a carbon case and movement.

Our ambassadors

To break the rules, you must first master them. Over the years we’ve developed friendships with some of the world’s amazing people and organizations. They come from different fields, but they share our love of creativity and independence.

Our Partnerships

SAVOIR-FAIRE

Audemars Piguet draws upon its unique blend of tradition, experience and knowledge in order to push the boundaries of fine watch-making. Experience the philosophy, craft and evolving expression of our Savoir-Faire.

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The Foundation

  • School boat financed by the Foundation for the “Selva Viva” program, an Amazon rainforest preservation project. Peru, 2007.

    School boat financed by the Foundation for the Selva Viva program, an Amazon rainforest preservation project. Peru, 2007.

  • Entry of the Discovery Path, financed by the Foundation for Audemars Piguet’s 130 year anniversary. Risoud Forest in Switzerland, 2006

    Entry of the Discovery Path, financed by the Foundation for Audemars Piguet's 130 year anniversary. Risoud Forest in Switzerland, 2006

  • Miyazaki rainforest in Japan, 2002.
    To mark its tenth anniversary, the Audemars Piguet Foundation has decided to finance a large-scale project: raising the awareness of Japanese children with regard to the essential role of the tropical forest.
  • Stone walls restored thanks to a training workshop partially financed by the Foundation. Jura vaudois Park in Switzerland, 1995.

    Stone walls restored thanks to a training workshop partially financed by the Foundation. Jura vaudois Park in Switzerland, 1995.

Learn more about Audemars Piguet's conservation efforts. The Foundation

WATCHES SERVING FORESTS

The Audemars Piguet Foundation has been contributing since 1992 to the cause of worldwide forest conservation through environmental protection and youth awareness-raising endeavours.

PLANTATIONS

It has already funded projects on four continents aimed at reconstituting forests and restoring the natural diversity of biotopes destroyed by natural disasters, over-exploitation or climate change.

TRAINING

It promotes projects aimed at raising children’s awareness in the field of environmental protection, and at highlighting the value of traditional skills and knowledge

PROMOTING AUDEMARS PIGUET'S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

It oversees the Audemars Piguet environmental policy with regard to the management of energy, water, procurement and waste, as well as soft mobility. 

CONTACT

The Board of the Foundation is chaired by Mrs Jasmine Audemars. It comprises a scientific advisor from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN).

Each Audemars Piguet watch sold contributes to financing the Foundation.  

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