Since 2010, the Manufacture joined the Claude Nobs Foundation and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in the Montreux Jazz Digital Project. This massive project enabled the digitalisation, restoration and preservation of the Festival’s entire sound archives, acknowledged by UNESCO as part of its “Memory of the World.” This collection contains more than 5,000 hours of concert recordings. Quincy Jones has described this unique collection as “the most important testimonial to the history of music, covering jazz, blues and rock.” The Montreux Jazz Digital Project is perfectly aligned with Audemars Piguet’s quest for innovation and endeavour to maintain watchmaking heritage and tradition in its birthplace, the Vallée de Joux.
This partnership extends to all the Festival’s entities, including the Montreux Jazz Café restaurants, the Montreux Jazz Festival Japan and the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation. The Foundation supports tomorrow’s artists notably through the Montreux Jazz Academy and the Montreux Jazz Talent Awards.
This partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival extends Audemars Piguet’s long-standing attachment to the world of music. In 2005, on the occasion of Jay-Z’s 10th Roc-A-Fella Records anniversary, Audemars Piguet and Jay-Z collaborated on a limited edition of the Royal Oak Offshore. In 2009, the Manufacture presented the Millenary Quincy Jones limited edition, a watch also symbolising the larger collaboration between Audemars Piguet and the internationally-renown musical producer and director on Project Q, which raised awareness on young people’s need for self-expression and self-fulfilment.