Renault & Papi was founded in 1986 by Dominique Renaud and Giulio Papi, two former employees of Audemars Piguet. The company is a supplier of complications in the demanding sector.
The former name was “Manufacture d’Horlogerie Renaud et Papi SA”. In 1992 Audemars Piguet acquired a controlling interest of 52% in the company and began to relocate research and development in the field of complex watch movements to Le Locle. As Renaud left the company, Audemars Piguet increased the shareholding to now 78%.
Created by the Musée International de l’Horlogerie (International Horology Museum also known as MIH) in 1993, the Gaia prize honors people who have greatly contributed to the horology industry, its history and its culture.
Each year, the jury selected by the Museum curator gathers Swiss and foreign personalities such as experts from the Neuchatel University, the Haute Ecole Arc, the Centre Intercommunal de Formation des Montagnes Neuchâteloises, as well as journalists, scientists, etc…
This year, the Esprit d’Entreprise prize was attributed to Giulio Papi for the major role he has played in the development of wristwatch complications since 1986. I would like to congratulate Mr Giulio Papi for winning this prestigious award and his commitment, passion anddedication to innovate for the future of watchmaking!
But Audemars Piguet (Renaud et Papi), in short: APRP, still continues to work for other brands such as Richard Mille, where they are responsible for the development and production of the most elaborate concepts such as tourbillons, chronographs with tourbillons, transparent movement structures etc. Papi had worked together with Richard Mille in the 1990s and developed models with tourbillon.
Meanwhile, the innovative company has grown to about 150 employees, whose average age with about 30 years speaks for itself.
At the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Giulio Papi was twice awarded the prize in the category Best watchmaker / watch developer, last time in 2008.