Audemars Piguet - one of the oldest manufactures of Haute Horlogerie
Audemars Piguet is the only traditional Swiss watchmaking company that is still family-owned even after 140 years. The founding fathers Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet both came from traditional watchmaking families who had been living in the Swiss town of Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux for generations. Both graduated as a watchmaker and founded the family business in 1875. Audemars was enthusiastic with innovative movements and took over the technical management while Piguet dedicated himself to the commercial tasks and opened one of the first watchmaking sales branches in Europe and America.
From 1881 onwards, the company "Audemars, Piguet & Compagnie" focused on the production of high-quality pocket watches, but with a special interest in manufacturing under own names, instead of other brands.