In the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, after thousands of years of wind and frost, the wonderful natural scenery has bred an infinite treasure of time. As early as the 17th century, there were ancient rocks and forests here. The pristine and natural environment made it almost impossible to grow crops. The harsh natural environment allowed people to survive only through animal husbandry.
In addition to relying on animal husbandry to support their livelihoods, local people have also mastered the skills of smelting steel through rocks. In the 18th century, under the interference of the handicraft industry associations with religious and government backgrounds, a large number of home-based clock workshops appeared in Rugu Valley, and began to produce high-quality clock parts. It is also because of the long cold winter of up to 8 months each year that these families are able to concentrate on making watch parts to make a living, which makes Ru Guya quickly develop into a core area for making complex timepieces.
Audemars Piguet founders Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet
Swiss watchmaking brand Audemars Piguet was born in the cradle of fine watchmaking. In 1875, two young and talented watchmakers, Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet, co-founded Audemars Piguet in the town of Le Brassus, Switzerland. They developed a ‘low-volume, high-quality’ product. Strategy, maintaining and inheriting fine watchmaking craftsmanship in an independent environment, and decorated and polished to the highest standards. It now appears that it is precisely because of this independent spirit of perseverance that Audemars Piguet continues to inherit this precious cultural heritage, at the same time, innovates, takes initiative, and opens up the future.
1882: Audemars Piguet launches the first large-complexity pocket watch with perpetual calendar, double-seconds chronograph and minute repeater
1892: Audemars Piguet launches the first minute repeater in the history of horology
1955: Audemars Piguet launches the first perpetual calendar watch with a leap year display in the history of horology
1978: The world’s thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar watch
1986: Audemars Piguet launches the world’s first self-winding ultra-thin tourbillon watch Ref. 25643BA
In 1882, Audemars Piguet introduced its first pocket watch with large complications. In 1892, Audemars Piguet introduced the first watch with a minute repeater function in the history of horology. In 1921, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s smallest minute repeater movement (only 15.80 mm in diameter); subsequently, the world’s thinnest pocket watch movement (only 1.32 mm thick) was launched, equipped with an ultra-thin movement (thickness (Only 1.64 mm) watch came out, in 1938 once again created a new milestone for ultra-thin watches. In 1955, Audemars Piguet introduced the first perpetual calendar watch with a leap year display in the history of horology. In 1967, Audemars Piguet introduced Calibre 2120, the thinnest self-winding movement with a central rotor in the history of watches and clocks (only 2.45 mm thick). In 1978, Audemars Piguet made another legend in the field of ultra-thin watches, launching the world’s thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar watch. In 1986, Audemars Piguet created the self-winding ultra-thin watch with a tourbillon device. The thickness of this landmark watch is less than 5.70 mm. The tourbillon is still the most delicate work in the history of horology (only 7.20 mm in diameter).
2006: Audemars Piguet’s exclusive escapement system
Millennial minute repeater watch at 9 o’clock for Audemars Piguet’s exclusive escapement system
In 1999, Audemars Piguet began research and development of the escapement of the movement. After 7 years of research, a new escapement system (Audemars Piguet Escapement) was launched in 2006. This escapement system is different from the indirect transmission method of the traditional Swiss lever escapement. The direct drive, dual plane hairspring and ultra-high frequency of 6 Hz (43,200 times / hour) greatly improve the shock resistance of the escapement system. The accuracy reaches 1.1 seconds per day, which is only one-tenth of the tolerance allowed by the Swiss Official Observatory Certification (COSC).
1972: Gérald Genta’s design sketch (left) and the first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch
And when it comes to the most creative masterpieces in the history of Audemars Piguet, it is the Royal Oak series of luxury sports watches launched in 1972 that broke the inherent conventions of traditional watchmaking. It is precisely because of the emergence of Royal Oak It established Audemars Piguet’s legendary status in the history of modern watches. Designed by Gérald Genta, the Royal Oak series watches have broken the conventional stainless steel materials and design features to become an innovation that challenges traditional luxury watches, and is equipped with the world’s thinnest A self-winding movement with a central rotor, an octagonal bezel fixed with 8 hexagonal screws, a dial engraved with the ‘Tapisserie’ checkered pattern, and a fully integrated metal strap and case. In addition to the strong sports design style, the most exciting thing about the Royal Oak watch is its innovative spirit: In the era when luxury watches were all made of precious metals such as gold, stainless steel was successfully introduced into high-end watchmaking. The field is a revolutionary innovation in the history of watches and clocks.
1972: Advertising for the Royal Oak watch
Since the creation of Audemars Piguet in 1875, a new chapter has been created for the future of complex watchmaking from the original manual watchmaker through generations and innovations, making Audemars Piguet irreplaceable in the 21st Century Fine Watchmaking Bureau Status. This watchmaking brand started in Rugu Valley, adheres to the tradition of Rugu Watchmaking and is brave enough to innovate. The industry has promoted the technological innovation of watchmaking, and continues to write the legend of Rugu Watchmaking. As Olivier Audemars, great-grandson of Edward Auguste Piguet, one of the founders of Audemars Piguet, once said, ‘My grandfather Paul Edward Piguet always tells me stories about watch factories. To him, the company does not belong to anyone, but this The region itself. His mission is to ensure that the company remains in the valley and is passed down from generation to generation. ‘