Audemars Piguet Story

Audemars Piguet Story

Audemars Piguet Legendary Classics Since 1875

Jules-Louis Audemars was a ‘fundamental movements and complex modules specialist’ and in 1875 he and his friend, Edward-Auguste Piguet, an assembly technician, co-founded Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus in Switzerland. At the very beginning, Audemars Piguet was mainly responsible for Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) for other watch brands, specializing in developing and manufacturing extra thin movements and watches with complex functions. At that time, the two partners already knew how to manufacture watches with time-telling sounds. Their main products were the repeater watch and the grand strike watch.

Audemars Piguet & Cie was officially registered in Switzerland on 7 December, 1881. The world’s first automatic repeater watch was launched in 1882. The clear and sharp repeater time-telling sounds had aroused a sensation in the watch industry. There were 5 principal factors affecting the production of a repeater watch. First, the precision of striker for telling time was important in order to avoid the early or delayed time-telling. Second, the appropriate dynamics of the striking spring of bell hammer was also crucial: too much would cover the silencer and too little would be inaudible. Third, the time between each strike could not be too long or too short. Too frequently striking sounds would make it difficult to hear how many times the striking spring had struck. Too long pauses would mislead people to believe the time-telling was over. Also, whether the resonance from the striking springs was pleasing to the ear was significant. A pleasant striking sound should be as sharp and clear as crystals. It would resonate with the space inside the watch case. Last but not least, making the sounds from the rotating gears lower was even much more difficult. It was noted that Audemars Piguet launched a minute repeater pocket-watch in 1882. There were a perpetual calendar and a chronograph in this precious watch. In 1885, Audemars Piguet launched an automatic time-telling pocket watch. Not only did this fine watch have a perpetual calendar and a chronograph, it also had a power reserve indicator.

In 1891, Audemars Piguet made an extraordinarily significant breakthrough in technology. A minute repeater pocket watch with the diameter of 18mm was launched. Such a remarkable technology had pioneered in the world’s innovative technology for later years. In 1892, the next year, Audemars Piguet customized the world’s first minute repeater wrist watch for Louis Brandt & Frere, the former Omega, and this precious minute repeater wrist watch is now being kept in Omega Museum.

To train up the watch experts required, Audemars Piguet set up a watch school in Switzerland. A trainee is required to finish a 4-year program in the watch school and he will be qualified for being a watch-maker. Spending another two years is necessary to be eligible for being the master of watch-making in Audemars Piguet’s factory.

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