Since 2012, Audemars Piguet has been labouring behind the scenes on a massive project that is set to change the landscape of its manufacturing centre in Le Brassus, literally speaking. Designed by architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, the Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet makes a striking contrast against the bucolic setting of the Le Brassus village in the Swiss valley of Vallée de Joux with its unusual spiral-shaped exterior seemingly emerging like a submarine from underground.
Featuring curved glazing supporting a green roof, this modern pavilion integrates seamlessly into its surrounding landscape, with the floors slanting to mimic the natural gradient of the land. This gently sloping feature provides the perfect template for museum designer Atelier Brückner to create “an experience with crescendos, high points and contemplative moment” akin to a musical score.
At its climactic peak is a display of over 300 grand complications that have helped shaped the history of this storied manufacture. The most notable timepiece here is the Universelle pocket watch from 1899, Audemars Piguet’s most complicated watch ever.