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Lépine calibre

Lépine calibre (movement) Lépine, Jean-Antoine, 1720-1814. French watchmaker and inventor of the calibre that bears his name. The distinguishing feature of this calibre is that, by discarding the fusee and replacing the top plate and pillars with bridges, a space is created for the balance alongside, rather than on top of, the mechanism and makes for much flatter watches. LÈpine also lay claim to the invention of the virgule escapement. In a pocket watch, the LÈpine or open-face calibre denotes a structure in which the seconds hand is positioned in line with the winding-stem, as opposed to the hunter calibre in which the seconds hand is on an axis perpendicular to that of the stem.  Lépine watch In a pocket watch, the LÈpine or open-face calibre denotes a structure in which the seconds hand is positioned in line with the winding-stem, as opposed to the hunter calibre in which the seconds hand is on an axis perpendicular to that of the stem.