Watchmaking by Audemars Piguet

The Audemars Piguet watchmaking story dates back to the late 1800's. In 1874, Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet teamed up at the Vallee de Joux. Vallee de Joux was considered to be the Mecca of luxury watchmaking and the young pair flourished there. They each worked in their specialty. Audemars was in charge of producing the component pieces for the movements, while Piguet reserved the job of repasseur. His duty was to craft the final regulation of the watches.

Although success was not immediate, the Audemars Piguet trademark was formally registered in 1882, even though it would be another 7 years before the company would be officially founded, since that time the members of Audemars Piguet families have always served on the board of directors for the watch company. The watchmakers branched out from Switzerland and by 1889 was producing watches from a shop in Geneva. They would steadily grow as a company and continue to become more and more famous over the years.

This watchmaker was about creating excellence and in 1925 the duo produced the world's thinnest pocket watch to date. Their timepiece measured just 1.32 millimeters. Just three short years later Audemars Piguet introduced the Skeleton watch, which was another first for the time. Of course, the years during the great depression were hard on them and other Swiss watchmakers. The crash of the 1920's and 1930's dimmed the light that had begun to shine so brightly, but after World War II their success was on an upward swing again. The watchmaker started to produce ultra-thin chronographs along with other specialty timepieces. Sales in the 1940's and 50's were up and together with Jaeger-LeCoultre the company designed and created the world's thinnest automatic movement. By 1972 the Royal Oak watch was introduced. The Royal Oak set the stage for the ocean of stainless-steel luxury watches to come.

These days, Audemars Piguet is still considered to be in the top three luxury Swiss watchmakers in the world. All of their watches continued to be manufactured in house and crafted with handmade care. They employ only 1,100 people and produce just 26,000 timepieces per year.

Audemars Piguet produces watches in the old world style where quality craftsmanship and extreme attention to detail are the norm. Their watches and the way in which they look at watchmaking is admirable. Watchmaking is an art that should be maintained. This is one company who hasn't lost sight of that.