Throughout the years, Audemars Piguet watchmakers and artisans have surpassed technical and theoretical boundaries to craft ever more demanding mechanisms and ground-breaking designs.
Since 1875, Audemars Piguet has perpetuated its founders’ ancestral savoir-faire in forward-thinking ways, consistently pushing further the limits of the craft and anticipating society’s ever-changing needs. This uncompromising blend of tradition and innovation is the backbone of the Manufacture’s craftsmanship.
Complications are at the heart of Audemars Piguet’s DNA and of the Vallée de Joux’s collective history. Since the inception, the Manufacture has crafted complicated watches, while specialising in perpetual calendars, chronographs and chiming watches. These feats of complication have looked at the past, while anticipating the future.
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It all starts with an idea: a new shape, a play on perspective and dimensions, the perfect harmony of lines and curves that the designer sketches out, as he takes the first step in a long journey to turn pioneering concept into horological reality.
Audemars Piguet produces complex and refined watches, equally beautiful inside and out, finished and assembled by hand. Decoration techniques add the final touch, turning timepieces into true works of art.
Tradition and avant-garde are inextricably intertwined at Audemars Piguet. Over the years, the company has nurtured generations of talented craftspeople who have continuously developed new skills and techniques, broadening their savoir-faire to set rule-breaking trends.
The culmination of 7 years of research and development, drawing upon the human talents working in various disciplines, the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Universelle pays tribute to the grand complication.
Created in 1899, the watch known as the “Universelle” is one of the most complicated watches in the world. Its 1,168 components, including 316 screws, offer 26 functions, including 19 different complications.