In 1875 Jules Louis Audemars joined forces with Edward Auguste Piguet in order to develop and craft watches equipped with complex mechanisms. The men shared a passion for watchmaking, and a mastery of the art of precision that still characterizes the company today. In fact, Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watch-making manufacturer never to have left the hands of its founding families. This gives the company an independent streak that allows it to follow its own unique vision, and that is certainly one of excellence and independence. The great range of timepieces designed by Audemars Piguet encompasses complex mechanical watches, Haute Joaillerie creations, and the iconic Royal Oak collection, designed by the legendary Gerald Genta. The Royal Oak was the pioneer luxury sports timepiece, which sparked a complete paradigm shift in the watch industry, and today celebrates its 40th anniversary.