|Dates||1686 - 1759, master 1713|
To his contemporaries, Julien Le Roy was "the most skillful clockmaker in France, possibly in Europe." He belonged to the fifth generation of a family of clockmakers; with his brothers, he formed one of the most important clock and watch workshops in the 1700s. Le Roy's reputation was based on his mechanical discoveries, including a special repeating mechanism that improved the precision of watches and clocks. The two repeating watches he produced for
Le Roy's workshop also produced a large number of ordinary clocks and watches to satisfy wide public demand. During his life he is known to have made or supervised over 3,500 watches, amounting to an average of one hundred movements a year, or one every three days. In contrast, other workshops only produced between thirty and fifty pieces per year. Le Roy's extensive clientele included many members of Europe's noble and royal families.