Audemars Piguet began in 1875 when two young men sharing a passion for watch making joined together to design and produce complication watches. Jules-Louis Audemars would design the movements while Edward-Auguste Piguet would handle the financial and commercial side. Audemars Piguet quickly began to gain popularity, especially with the manufacture of chronographs. Audemars Piguet is now one of the most accomplished leaders in the Swiss watch industry. There are very few companies these days that are still family owned and operated. Audemars Piguet is a rarity that, either hands-on or behind the scenes, a family member continuously perfecting the crucial decisions that perpetuate success.