French crafts in focus: clock and lock-maker

Etienne de Saint Exupéry says his career is a vocation

Locks, clocks and a busy time for one French horloger / serrurier

Traditional clock-makers who design, make, repair and restore analogue timepieces can be found across France, despite the modern use of
digital gadgets to tell the time.

Around 75 companies in France make such new timepieces – with almost two-thirds (65%) in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

There is a growing interest in older-style timepieces with mechanical parts, particularly in the luxury market.

In 2017, the manufacture of clocks rose by 9% compared with 2016.

Etienne de Saint Exupéry, a distant relative of the author of Le Petit Prince, specialises in restoring clocks, particularly those made
before 1900.

He and his father also restore and create locks to order and say they are the only two to do so in France.

His no-frills workshop is along a rutted remote country road, not far ...

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