The roots of the famous Swiss watch manufacturer date back to the 19th century, when, in 1875, the 23-year-old Jules Audemars met Edward-August Piguet, then only 21, at Vallée de Joux, which is considered[attribution needed] to be the cradle of prestige watch-making. Their hometown was Le Brassus. When they graduated school they went to Vallée de Joux to start working in their favorite field of watch manufacturing.

Thus Audemars started producing component parts for movements and Piguet got the job of a repasseur, whose job it was to make the final regulation of the timepiece. They founded a firm later known as Audemars, Piguet et Cie.

In this great[vague] Swiss Manufacture of watches, the torch of the founders of the company continues to be carried by their successors in hot line. Since 1882, the members of the Audemars families and Piguet sat always at the Board of directors and thus directly or indirectly ran the company.