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Jean André Lepaute

1720 - 1787

Jean André Lepaute

Clockmaker to Louis XV of France.

French clockmaker and older brother of Jean-Baptiste Lepaute.

The Lepaute family was an important watchmaking dynasty throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

The tower clocks he built from 1748 were driven by horizontal mechanisms, reprising a system attributed to Julien Le Roy.

Key dates

1751

Exécute à la demande de Pierre Le Roy une pendule à une roue présentée au roi Louis XV. Elle est suivie en 1752 d’une nouvelle pendule qui marque heures, minutes et secondes et qui sonne les quarts à partir de deux chaperons.

1753

At the request of Pierre Le Roy, he built a clock with just one wheel that was presented to Louis XV. He followed this a year later with a clock showing hours, minutes and seconds with quarter strikes, having one toothed wheel and two count wheels.

1755

He published his Traité d’horlogerie contenant tout ce qui est nécessaire pour bien connaître et pour régler les horloges et les montres, which he wrote with the astronomer Jérôme Lalande.

1772

Jean-André Lepaute made several other monumental clocks, including in 1772 the clock for the École Militaire in Paris.