Audemars Piguet is an autonomous family watchmaking business based in Le Brassus, Vallee De Joux. In 1875 Jules Louis Audemars started working with Edward Auguste Piguet to make mechanical watches. Audemars Piguet is still the oldest precision manufacturing watchmaker not ever to have been bought out from its founding families. This independence allows AP to go its own way, following its very own vision.
The Royal Oak is watchstar.co.uk’s favourite by this maker.
The company held several ‘firsts’ in the history of watchmaking:
- In 1921, Audermars Piquet made the first jumping-hour wristwatch.
- In 1934, they had made the world’s first skeletonised pocket watch.
- After the end of WWII, in 1946, they had crafted what was then the World’s thinnest wristwatch.