Here at Owen & Robinson we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of prestigious timepieces from the Audemars Piguet world. It is in the heart of the Vallee de Joux that the start of the Audemars Piguet story began. The company’s lineage and heritage has always remained at the heart of each meticulously crafted timepiece – a manufacturer that still remains in the hands of its founding families – a rarity today within the luxury wristwatch industry.
Founders Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet wrote the first pages to the Swiss company’s success story when they established the firm in 1875. Now, with over 140 years of experience in mastering the art of construction, conception and the production of high-performance complications - Audemars Piguet watches are amongst some of the most coveted designs in the world.
Some of Audemars Piguet’s most impressive watches designed in-house to date carry out tasks like displaying the positions of the stars, displaying the correct date without manual adjustment, striking the hour, the quarter hour and the minute on demand, and telling the exact time to within one-fifth of a second. Audemars Piguet craftsmen excel in all these achievements, including the manufacture of their Tourbillon, built for improving precision with its almost 100-piece construction and a total weight of less than 1 gram. Some Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches behold the Tourbillon at their centre – a line of porthole-inspired designs with striking octagonal-shaped bezels. The Royal Oak watch is designed for the lover of traditional watch manufacture. It’s eight hexagonal shaped screws which bolt the bezel down onto the case create a sort of industrial-inspired, bold look on the wrist. Just like the Royal Oak collection, models from the iconic Royal Oak Offshore collection feature even broader dials, yet are fitted with an integrated metal link bracelet, just like their predecessors, which tapers at the buckle end for a refined and comfortable fit against the skin.
Audemars Piguet watches like the Jules Audemars design, remain faithful to traditional watch manufacture whilst paying homage to a true pioneer in Audemars Piguet’s philosophy – founding father himself, Jules Audemars. The talented designer created around 20 complex movements, using these as the foundations to his work when he joined forces with Edward Auguste Piguet in 1881. The case of a Jules Audemars watch involves a highly technical production process which creates not only an aesthetically pleasing shape on the wrist, but also a comfortable ergonomic design for sitting against the skin day and night. Some of the watches for ladies in this collection are elevated with a unique gem-setting technique. There is very little else that creates an indulgent, glamorous look like a row of sparkling brilliant cut diamonds around the bezel of an Audemars Piguet watch. Master craftsmen at the company’s watchmaking facilities select only the highest quality diamonds with the best colour grading to enhance the beauty of these special watches.
The Audemars Piguet Millenary watch collection embraces the exceptional skill and technique behind an Audemars Piguet watch. The elliptical case features an off-centre dial, encompassed within a sizeable case. Neo classical beauty is the inspiration behind these designs, intertwined with technical prowess to offer the wearer something reliable and technical no matter where he or she decides to wear the watch to. The calibre 4101 was reversed in the making of these special timepieces. The idea was to allow for some components of the movement to be displayed through the dial side of the watch rather than the underside. These components would normally have been hidden away. Audemars Piguet Millenary watches are therfore an invite into some of the “behind the scenes” of the company’s manufacture. The level of decoration in an Audemars Piguet Millenary watch goes above and beyond, with a unique blend of materials, textures and finishes that demand instant attention for the mesmerising allure in which they create once brought together in a timepiece from this collection.