Georges-Auguste Leschot - Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie
Famous watchmakers

Georges-Auguste Leschot

1800 - 1884

Georges-Auguste Leschot

Swiss clockmaker and mechanic.

Son of Jean Frédéric Leschot.

Pioneer of interchangeability in clockmaking by the invention of machine tools for Vacheron Constantin.

Key dates

1830

Design of the Swiss anchor escapement which his student, Antoine Léchaud, mass produced.

1839

Invention of the pantograph which allows the standardisation and interchangeability of parts on watches fitted with the same calibre.

1876

Gold Medal from the Arts Society for the invention of a hard rock perforator using black diamond chisels. This type of machine has been used to perforate several road and rail tunnels.