Since its founding in 1875, Audemars Piguet has been in a league of its own when it comes to watchmaking. Thanks to the innovative spirit of its founders, Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet, the Swiss company has left a permanent mark in the history of watchmaking with inventions such as the minute repeater, the skeleton dial, the jumping hour, and the world’s thinnest wristwatch.
Their Royal Oak timepiece that debuted in 1972 rocked the wristwatch world—it was the first watch ever to be designed with a stainless steel bracelet flush with the case—and to this day remains the brand’s most popular style. And starting today, you can shop the line as well as two more— the Millenary and Royal Oak Offshore collections—on Net-a-Porter.com. The luxury online retailer has partnered with Audemars Piguet and now offers 12 styles across the three collections in 17-carat white or pink gold.
“Following the success of the Fine Jewelry and Watch suite in 2018 and the expansion into high jewelry in 2019, we are particularly excited to be launching Audemars Piguet as the brand’s online retail partner. These truly iconic timepieces are coveted the world over, and cherished for generations,” said Elizabeth von der Goltz, Net-a-Porter’s global buying director, in a press release.
The Royal Oak Offshore, introduced in 1993, was a sportier version of the original Royal Oak and epitomizes Audemars Piguet’s embrace of tradition and forward-thinking. The Millenary, designed in 1995, with its off-centered dial and signature elliptical case, is one of the most recognizable wristwatches on the luxury market.
Nowadays, the company counts celebrities such as Serena Williams, Stanislas Wawrinka, and Beyonce—who even included the company in her song Upgrade U—among its fans.