Jacques-Louis Audemars, former long-time chairman of Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet and grandson of its co-founder, died Oct. 6 in Geneva, Switzerland, the company announced. He was 91.
Audemars entered the business in 1933, and held a number of positions over the next 43 years until he retired, including watchmaker, production manager, human resources manager, assistant director, and then director of the brand’s technical and manufacturing department.
He served on the 127-year-old company’s board of directors 45 years, 26 of them as chairman. He was named honorary chairman in 1992. His daughter Jasmine Audemars is the current chairman.
Jacques-Louis Audemars also headed the Audemars Piguet Foundation from 1992 until 2000.