Famous watchmakers

André Charles Caron

1697 - 1775

French horologist.

Clockmaker to Louis XV of France from 1720 to 1760.

He made the very first skeleton watches.

Caron taught the profession of watchmaker to his apprentice, Jean-Antoine Lépine, who later became his business partner and son-in-law. 

He was the father of Pierre-Augustin Caron, also a watchmaker and inventor of the double virgule escapement who would rise to prominence as a playwright, under the name Beaumarchais.

Key dates

1756 to 1769

Associated with his son-in-law.