The Swiss watch brand Audemars Piguet is the oldest watch manufacturer which hasn’t left the ownership of the founding families. Even today, Audemars Piguet is still independent. Wristwatches from Audemars Piguet are top quality luxury watches that embody haute horlogerie. What else can you tell your watch friends? Discover these milestone moments in the history of Audemars Piguet watches, from its founding in 1875 to the present day, and you’ll have plenty to discuss.
1875 Audemars Piguet was founded in Le Brassus, Switzerland, by Jules Louis Audemars, and Edward Auguste Piguet. The two watchmakers decided to join each other in order to develop and manufacture watches with complex movements.
1899 A “Grande Complication” pocket-watch emerges from the Audemars Piguet work-shops. It is equipped with grand and small strike and minute repeater chiming on three gongs, with an alarm striking on independent gongs, perpetual calendar, deadbeat seconds, and chronograph with jumping seconds (fifth of a second indication,) and split-seconds hand.
1920-1929 Audemars Piguet creates the first jumping hour display on a watch. The brand also launches a range of fine ladies’ watches, set with precious stones.
1967 Audemars Piguetdeveloped the world’s thinnest selfwinding automatic movement with a thickness of 2.45 mm.
1972 Audemars Piguet unveiled a new kind of luxury sports watch at the Basel watch fair. The Royal Oak’s octagonal bezel, revealed screws and integrated stainless-steel bracelet created a sports watch that was powerful, arresting, and utterly different. It is the look that still defines all modern sports watches.
1986 Audemars Piguet Swiss Replica releases another world first: the first ever self-winding ultra-thin wristwatch to feature a second time zone. The tourbillon carriage inside this watch is, at the time, the smallest made in history.
1992 The Royal Oak Offshore was added to the Audemars Piguet luxury sports watch family. This oversized version of the Royal Oak was the first 42 mm sports watch. Nicknamed ‘The Beast’, the Royal Oak Offshore became an instant classic, and would go on to become Audemars Piguet’s best-selling watch.
2000 The first watch with an Equation of Time, perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, was invented.
2015 A new Royal Oak concept watch, codenamed RD1, is unveiled at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. The new concept features a never-before-seen interpretation of one of watchmaking’s most sought-after complications: the chime.