AP Audemars Piguet
Between 1894 and 1899 the company produced about 1,200 timepieces. These included some very complex watches. When Audemars and Piguet died, in 1918 and 1919 respectively, the company continued its activity steadily growing and expanding its fame.
Later Audemars Piguet launched several watches like the smallest minute repeater in the world and a jumping -second hand pocket watch. In 1925 Audemars Piguet amazed those people interested with its thinnest pocket watch. Only three years later the company created the first skeleton watch in the world.
As the success of the company’s business was rising its customers became Tiffany & Co, Cartier and Bulgari. At the end of 1920s and the beginning of 1930s the success of Audemars Piguet started dimming. The crash of the stock market as well as the Depression slowed the development of many Swiss companies.
During World War II the manufacturer was able to come back on the market by producing one of its well-known models – an ultra-thin chronograph, the heart of which was Calibre 2003. The sales of Audemars Piguet started growing in the forties and fifties. Together with Jaeger LeCoultre it designed the thinnest automatic movement. The latter included a 21 carat gold rotor placed in the center. The legendary ”Royal Oak” was produced five years later, in 1972. The designer of the watch was Gerald Genta.
Today the company maintains one of the leading positions in the watch-making branch. It owns about 40 per cent of Jaeger LeCoultre and every timepiece manufactured in-house is still made using the old-fashioned hand-made technique.
Since year 2000 company claimed that they dont exeed amount of 16 000 watches produced each year and they wont, which is really small production when comparing to other famous Swiss watch manufacture Rolex which produces 2000 watches per day.