LEPINE ‘Hger du Roy’ a Paris


Classic ‘calibre a ponts’ repeating movement with wolf's tooth train. circa 1800. 

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Typical larger sized 'Lepine-calibre' movement but lacking what would have been its signed and numbered cuvette. Standing barrel and both trains of Lepine’s ‘wolf’s tooth’ form, the plunge quarter repeating train under the dial with the single (dumb) hammer hitting the movement rim. Cylinder escapement with steel escape. Gilt balance, spiral balance-spring. Convex enamel dial, the hour hand of the style introduced by Lepine, now universally incorrectly attributed to Breguet. 50 mm diameter, approx 12 mm deep.

Jean Antoine Lepine (1720-1814), one of the most underrated and influential watchmakers of all time. Lepine’s new calibre of movement has the train supported by separate cocks and/or bars on a single plate rather than between the standard two plates. This allowed a far greater variety of design options when planning any calibre of movement, plain or complicated, and is one of the main stepping stones to the modern watch. A-L Breguet, in particular, owes a great deal to Lepine, not just the so-called 'Breguet hands' and 'Breguet numerals' - see the book on Lepine by Addie Chapiro for more information.

A rare chance to obtain a Lepine movement with his repeating work and unusual train. Lacking cuvette and one hand, with damaged dial and with broken balance staff. Not working.