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Audemars Piguet – the Royal Oak and so much more
Back in 1875, when the two watchmakers Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded the company in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, watches were not so complicated – they told time – and you had to reach your pocket for each glance.
In 1892 they had started working on what else than a complicated watch, and by 1899 they managed to unveil the “Grande Complication” pocket watch. Boasting 7 complications, like a minute repeater on three different gongs, the alarm on another set of gongs, a perpetual calendar and a chronograph with a split-seconds hand.
In 1915 the company launched the smallest 5-minute repeater caliber in the world, measuring only 15.8mm.
Audemars had passed away in 1918 and Piguet in 1919, but to this day the company continues to be lead by family members.
In 1921 Audemars Piguet launched the first jumping-hour wristwatch. The caliber was HPVM10.
In 1946 the company achieved the smallest hand-wound movement for a wristwatch, with a thickness of just 1.64 mm.
9 years after the thinnest hand-wound movement, Audemars Piguet introduces their first perpetual calendar movement in 1955, the caliber VZSSQP, that takes account of the leap years.
In 1972 Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak, the first high-end sports watch to be made of steel. Gerald Genta was behind the design of the octagonal bezel with eight screws that makes the watch so recognizable, along with the easily identifiable integrated bracelet.
In 1986 the company launched the caliber 2870 is the world’s first ultra-thin self-winding tourbillion wristwatch. The tourbillion carriage was also the smallest in the world at the time.
In 1989 Audemars Piguet created the Dual Time, the first wristwatch to display the time in a second time-zone while being driven by the same movement, without using a GMT bezel. This is the caliber 2229/2845.
In 1993 Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore, with it’s 44 mm case, water resistant up to 100 m, and rubber-clad pushers and crown.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary, the Audemars Piguet Classic Collection receives a new addition in 2000: the Jules Audemars Dynamograph wristwatch caliber 2891 Chiming Grand Strike caliber 2891.
In 2002, for the Royal Oak’s 30th anniversary, a titanium case Concept Royal Oak was unveiled. Later in 2004, AP launches a limited edition Royal Oak hand-wound tourbillon chronograph, with the caliber 2893, that boasts two 10-day power reserve and a 30 minute counter.
Although the Royal Oak is the company’s most iconic watch, and one of the most recognizable designs of all time, Audemars Piguet left us with so much more, from small movements to complications few others manage to fit in a wristwatch.