Audemars Piguet announces a new collaboration with the character-based entertainment company Marvel. Long-lasting friendship between Chief Executive Officer François-Henry Bennahmias and Marvel Cinematic Universe Avenger Don Cheadle sparked the beginning of this partnership in 2017.The Swiss brand will pay tribute to the next generation of inspirational Superheroes, with a focus on powerful Marvel Universe.
The partnership with Marvel is the latest example of how Audemars Piguet continuously looks beyond Haute Horlogerie for inspiration, notably in the realms of pop culture and the entertainment industry. Over the years, the Manufacture has developed cross-disciplinary partnerships with various celebrities and athletes, including Jay-Z, Michael Schumacher, Serena Williams, Svetlana Zakharova, Lu Han and LeBron James to name a few. These partnerships have not only acted as inspirational fuel, propelling the creation of innovative designs and feats of micro-mechanical precision in Audemars Piguet’s timepieces. They have also provided the brand with distinctive and enriching ways of sharing its core values through the universal language of emotions. In keeping with the Manufacture’s long history of design experimentation and connection to the larger cultural world, the partnership with Marvel takes Audemars Piguet’s celebration of inspirational Super Heroes to the next level and promises multiple exciting surprises…starting soon!
Supporting the next generation of changemakers
Audemars Piguet has formed a long-term joint-collaboration with First Book and Ashoka, two non-profit organisations, to correspond with the launch of the Marvel collaboration. Together, First Book, Ashoka and Audemars Piguet will establish a programme wherein students will be given the resources to drive change in their communities. First Book was founded in 1992 and its work is rooted in diversity, inclusion and partnership. Its mission is to remove barriers to education for children in need so every child has the chance to learn. Established in 1980, Ashoka identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations and mobilises a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build a world wherein “everyone is a changemaker.” Alongside Audemars Piguet, Ashoka’s team will team up with an initial group of approximately 17,000 First Book educators working with children, ages 10-18, in low-income communities. The resulting programme is expected to reach 500,000 students in the United States at the outset with the aim of extending internationally in the years to come.
Over the years, Audemars Piguet has supported a variety of non-profit organisations, invested in promoting educational programmes and initiatives for younger people. The company’s corporate social responsibility is overseen by the Audemars Piguet Foundation, which since 1992 has been contributing to the cause of worldwide forest conservation through environmental protection and youth awareness-raising programmes.