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Jacques-François Houdin


(1783 - 1860)

A member of several scientific associations and father-in-law to the ingenious inventor, magician-extraordinaire and horological genius Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805-71), Houdin came from Blois to Paris at Abraham-Louis Breguet’s request. Houdin devised and improved special escapements and compensating pendulums for regulators and astronomical clocks and made improvements to the machinery used in the making of wheels and pinions.

Jacques-François Houdin was Detouche’s chef d’atelier in 1845-59.

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