Audemars Piguet & Golf
Within each golfer beats the heart of a watchmaker. Self-control, meticulous time management, love of perfection: whether on a green or in the universe of Haute Horlogerie, it is always a question of precision and elegance, the beauty of both gesture and performance. Bearing witness to its unfailing attachment to golf, Audemars Piguet has chosen to focus on this passion by effectively building the world’s finest team of golfers. Quite simply out of love for the game.
To break the rules, you must first master them.
Over the years we’ve developed friendships with some of the world’s best golfers. This veritable Dream Team of golf Ambassadors are exceptional and passionate players with a proven record of fully mastering their discipline and working tirelessly to constantly push their limits.
Byeong Hun An
Byeong Hun An was named “Rookie of the Year” on the European Tour in 2015, a milestone year. Born in Seoul in 1991, he moved to Florida at 14 to perfect his unique powerful style and became the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship at 17. His career break-through came at the BMW PGA Championship in May 2015 where “Ben” made a huge impression on observers. With his engaging smile, the South Korean continues his rise since.
Darren is one of the world's best known golfers and has won many fans with his passionate play and dedicated approach to the game. This Northern Irishman with his strong personality has been a professional for more than 25 years. Darren won The Open Championship in 2011 and also dedicated 2 years to captain Europe's Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine in 2016.
The youngster from Dublin, Ireland burst onto the golfing scene in 2015 when he led The Open Championship at St Andrews after 54 holes, the youngest amateur in 88 years to do so. Paul previously played for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, twice earning NCAA All American honors, and was named the 2014 Conference USA Golfer of the year. He now plays on the European Tour.
Born in South Africa in 1988, Branden’s golfing birth was recorded in 2012, the year he secured his first 4 European Tour titles, all in one season. In 2015, Branden played for the win in two Majors and illustrated himself as a formidable team player during the Presidents Cup scoring 5 points out of 5. In April 2016, Branden claimed his first PGA Tour victory, to comfortably sit within the world best players. At The Open Championship in 2017 the South African put his name into the history books by becoming the first male player to score 62 in a Major.
Emiliano has that touch of style that only Argentinians possess and is unquestionably part of the future of international golf. Emiliano had just joined the elite of the PGA Tour in October 2015 when he made a name for himself. His incredible drive and competitor’s mentality enabled this young Argentinian to win his very first tournament as PGA Tour member, the Frys.com Open in California and to be named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
Miguel Angel Jiménez
Miguel Angel Jiménez is an iconic figure in golf circles, one of the most charismatic players on the fairways. Since turning 50 years old in January 2014, Miguel decided to split his time between the European Tour, where he has secured a place in the Top 100 Order of Merit year after year since 1989, and the Champions Tour in the USA, where he already recorded 3 victories.
Affectionately referred to as “Beef”, Andrew won the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2014 and made his European Tour breakthrough last April when he won the Open de España. The man with the big beard and bigger personality catches headlines with his entertaining interviews and has become a cult-like figure at tour events, with huge crowd followings.
Born in 1995, Romain is the latest French talent in golf. His art of the game combines power and precision. After winning The Amateur Championship in 2015, he made the cut in his first ever Major participation at The Open in 2015 and not only became the first French amateur player to pass the cut at the 2016 Masters, but he also shot a 68, 4-under par, on the last day. After a successful year on the Challenge Tour, he is now playing on the European Tour.
The term “unique” may well have been invented to describe him. Endowed with a free, independent spirit, Ian Poulter is the most active golfer on the social networks. Known for wearing outfits that are both unorthodox and exceptionally elegant, this Englishman, with his highly personal sense of refinement, makes a consistently strong impression on all who see him.
Renato’s golfing talent appears boundless, without the slightest exaggeration. In 2014, as a 17 year old, he enjoyed a stunning string of successes, winning five events as an amateur, including the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in China. He joined the European Tour at the end of that year and six months later became the first player to score a four on each of the 18 holes at the Open de France. In June 2017, the young Italian claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Nordea Masters.
Born in 1993, the young Californian represents the new generation of golfers and is certainly one of the rising talents to watch. Xander topped off an extraordinary rookie season on the PGA Tour with winning the TOUR Championship as the first rookie to do so. He turned heads at the 2017 U.S. Open, where he finished T5th and recorded his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Greenbier Classic. For sure, there is a lot more to come for this talented young player who has the strength to rise to the top of the game.
Vijay Singh's track record speaks for itself, with 60 professional wins, including 34 on the PGA Tour, 32 weeks at the number one spot and three Majors to his credit. A native of Fiji, Vijay Singh was given his golf initiation by his father at a very young age, turned professional in 1982, and has lost nothing of his passion for the game ever since. Appointed a goodwill ambassador by the Fijian government in 2005, he entered into the falily of Audemars Piguet ambassadors that same year.
Since his early days on the professional tour in 1999, this man of good taste and pinpoint precision – who probably has the world’s most effective iron play – has racked up an impressive list of achievements. The ever-elegant Swede with nerves of steel marked history by becoming the Champion Golfer of the Year 2016 at Royal Troon!
Andy’s rise to the top level of the game was meteoric over the last couple of years. The Englishman enjoyed a magnificent 2015 season, during which he won his first three European Tour titles, highlighted by a nine stroke victory at the Portugal Masters in October. Thanks to his consistency, he obtained an automatic selection for the 2016 Ryder Cup.
In 2012, this young American atypically chose to join the European Tour and quickly revealed his talent and the length of his drives. It proved extremely judicious a year later, when he won his first professional title in Portugal. Peter received the prestigious “Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the 2013 Year” award, becoming the first American to do so.
Certain golfers will mark history. Lee Westwood is amongst them. Consistently excellent, this Englishman has been victorious on every continent on the globe, building his exceptional career step by step. Lee was elected Player of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2009 and enjoyed the ultimate honour of becoming No 1 in the world at the end of 2010.
If a player ever personified the ideal profile of a modern golfer, it would probably be Bernd. His powerful style, easy manner and dedication have helped him make spectacular progress. In April 2015, Bernd became the first Austrian to take part in all four Majors. In July 2015, he won the Open de France and firmly established himself in the World Top 50. In 2017, Austria’s most successful golfer on the European Tour to date, claimed his fourth Tour victory at the Shenzen International.
Danny symbolizes the revival of British golf, combining controlled power and great technique. Since December 2014, this elegant young man demonstrated the whole array of his talents. He won 4 European Tour tournaments before clinching The Masters in Augusta in April 2016, his first Major triumph.
The Audemars Piguet Golf Invitationals are a series of exclusive tournaments organized twice a year since 2013. The concept is simple: Audemars Piguet invites 9 of its incredibly skilled pro golfers, members of the AP Golf Dream Team, and 72 watch collectors from around the world. And we just let the magic happen.
Built to be a 3 day experience, guests visit some of the best venues in the city, they put themselves in the shoes of pro golfers, hear about behind the scene stories, before being coached and getting the chance to play with some of the best golfers in the world.
Previous editions were hosted in Dubai, London, San Francisco, New York or Orlando. Each Invitational is a rare opportunity to share a common passion.
Lake Nona Golf and Country Club
ORLANDO, Monday May 8th 2017
No less than 9 brand ambassadors pleased the 72 guests with a breathtaking demonstration of their rule breaking talent – and banter! – on the driving range (then it was time to play 18 holes).
The 9 Audemars Piguet golf Dream Team members captained their respective teams and did their best to win the competition.
The family picture would not have been complete if Serena Willliams had not joined the group for the dinner organized at Ian Poulter’s museum, closing the day with the presentation of the Royal Oak Chronograph collection. A perfect introduction to the 8 laps Nascar experience organized the day after under the supervision of Rubens Barrichello, another great friend of the brand.