Jean-Joseph Lepaute (1769-1846) born in Bieves, France was a major figure in the field of horology and a superb craftsman. He was appointed clockmaker to Napoléon. Lepaute constructed clocks for other important residences including the Palais de Fontainbleau the Château de St. Cloud and Château de Comilègne. In 1821 he was appointed official clockmaster to Paris. An example of a Louis XVI regulator by Lepaute. C. 1770 is housed at Windsor Castle.