Famous watchmakers

Robert Robin

1742 - 1799

Robert Robin

French clockmaker.

Clockmaker to Louis XV, Louis XVI, the Queen and, in 1795, the Republic.

One of the first French clockmakers to use the anchor escapement.

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Invented a combined anchor-spring escapement, difficult to make at the time.

Revisited by Audemars Piguet watchmakers, in 2006, it produced a new direct impulse escapement which competes with the Swiss anchor escapement that has dominated for the past two centuries.