Audemars Piguet, the oldest Haute Horlogerie watchmaker still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet), tell their story for the first time in the book titled “Audemars Piguet 20th Century Complicated Wristwatches.”

Since 1875, the Vallée de Joux based watchmaker has witnessed some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie, and some world firsts as well. Numerous masterpieces have been created in limited series of which no two are identical. The book, based on four years of archival research, tells the story of the maison; about how they survived the Quartz Crisis, the revival of the complications, and the story behind the unique 550 plus watches they created between 1892 and the late 1970s.

To be precise, 550 complicated wristwatches were produced by Audemars Piguet between 1892, when the world’s first-minute repeater wristwatch was crafted, and the late 1970s, when the Quartz Crisis reached its peak – 35 minute repeaters, 188 calendar wristwatches, 307 chronograph wristwatches and 20 double complication wristwatches featuring both calendar and chronograph.

The book is available for CHF 150 on watchprint.com.