Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet met in 1874. The two watchmakers began working together, founding Audemars, Piguet et Cie, one year later in 1875. To this day, members of the two families sit on the board of directors for the company. This makes Audemars Piguet one of the oldest family-run manufactures.
Audemars Piguet introduced the first production skeleton watch. A skeleton watch has the it's mainplate and bridges pierced and cut out, to reveal the gear trains and other components..
The Royal Oak watch introduced the concept of luxury stainless-steel watches. Prior to it’s introduction, the vast majority of luxury watches used precious metals for their cases. Today, the Royal Oak is very popular, with many different variations on the original design by Gérald Genta.
The Starwheel watch is introduced, with a unique method of telling the time through a planetary ring.
The Royal Oak Offshore is introduced, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak.