Wednesday Hump Day Fun Fact # 52 !!!
Posted by Daubin Barshtak on July 09, 2014.
Somethings you might have not known about the wonderful Audemars Piguet.
The roots of Audemars Piguet date back to 1874, when the 23-year-old Jules Louis Audemars met Edward Auguste Piguet, then only 21, at Vallée de Joux. When they graduated from school, they went into business together in watch manufacturing. Audemars started producing component parts for movements and Piguet got the job of a repasseur, maker of the final regulation of the timepiece. In 1875, they founded a firm later known as Audemars, Piguet et Cie.
The company opened its first branch in Geneva in 1889, and began creating its own components and assembling within its factory with direct supervision and strict quality control. At this point, Audemars Piguet et Cie became one of the largest employers for watch-making in the whole of Vaud, southwestern Switzerland. Between 1894 and 1899, the company produced about 1,200 timepieces, including some very complex watches. When Audemars and Piguet died, in 1918 and 1919 respectively, the company steadily grew and became more famous. As the success of the company's business was rising, its customers became Tiffany & Co, Cartier, and Bulgari, who rebranded and sold Audemars Piguet watches under their own house names. Today, these watches are only identifiable as Audemars Piguet products by their serial numbers.