Audemars Piguet (Swiss luxury watch maker)
Audemars Piguet is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer.
Alongside Patek Philippe & Co and Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet is regarded as being among the top three of the world’s watch manufacturers.
The firm’s roots date back to 1875. The 23-year-old Jules-Louis Audemars met Edward-Auguste Piguet, then only 21, at Vallée de Joux. The pair shared a hometown, Le Brassus, and both went on to watch making in the Vallée de Joux when they left school.
Audemars started producing component parts for watch movements, while Piguet got the job of a repasseur (whose job it was to make the final regulation of the timepiece).
Audemars, Piguet et Cie
The company was formed under this moniker in 1882. The Audemars and Piguet families have always been on the board of directors, and have directly or indirectly run the company, ever since.
Audemars Piguet’s watches contain diamonds selected in accordance with very strict principals. This is to guarantee both superior colour and perfect high-definition levels.
These well-selected diamonds are carefully inlaid by the firm’s experienced jewellers.
An Audemars Piguet "Royal Oak Indianapolis F1 Grand Prix" prototype, one of just three in existence, made in 2000 as part of a joint project between Audemars Piguet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Owners, featured in an Antiquorum sale in September 2010.
It carried an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.
Audemars Piguet CW1 Concept watch
A 2010 Sotheby's sale in London was lead by an Audemars Piguet CW1 Concept watch, a rare limited edition stainless steel-cased automatic tourbillon bracelet watch with power reserve and date.
The watch, dated to circa 1997, sold for near the top of its £60,000-80,000 estimate range, bringing £73,250 ($116,000).