It’s been an eventful year for renowned haute horlogerie timepiece maker Audemars Piguet with sales demand through the roof, and an ever growing waitlist for highly sought after watch models such as the Royal Oak at their boutiques scattered around the globe.
Audemars Piguet has also just been awarded the “Best Iconic” timepiece award from the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for their Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin in 950 platinum, paired with a modern smoked green sunburst dial. This is quite possibly the most striking Royal Oak reference in the range, the green is exuberant but is executed in a way that is not extroverted.
The back of the watch is cleverly equipped with an exhibition window, so as to not miss showing off the hand finished selfwinding Calibre 2121 movement which was first introduced on the Royal Oak in 1972. The judges were all equally impressed and deemed it the winner for this year.
The Arc Buildings
With the unprecedented growth Audemars Piguet has been experiencing it comes as no surprise that an expansion to its facilities was imminent. With the completion of their facility at Manufacture des Saignoles, they’ve just announced the beginning of construction for two new modular and eco-friendly buildings named the “Arc”, adjacent to the Manufacture des Forges in Le Brassus. The buildings simulate the creativity at the core of Audemars Piguet by implementing modern design architecture but without neglecting form and function.
The two new “Arc” buildings have been engineered in a way to improve the work flows of watchmaking teams, the glass divided walls provide full visibility between teams and encourage communication in a more efficient manner. The buildings have also been constructed to follow the guidelines of the Minergie® certification – helping in lowering environmental impact. The entire design has been conceived to reduce the Arc’s carbon footprint. The heating system does not use fossil fuels, but instead incorporates the use of wood pellet heating furnaces to evenly distribute ambient temperatures year-round. The combination of such eco-friendly guidelines specifically on the roof of the building even allows for the encouragement and inhabitation of various wildlife such as insects and birds, while also providing a panoramic view from the Marchairuz pass in harmony with the Vallée de Joux’s meadows for employees and visitors.