In the period 1550-1650, a large number of clockmakers worked in Sedan, a town north-east of Reims, on the Meuse River (France). They included the large Forfaict family: Augustin and his sons Abraham, Nicholas, Isaac, and their sons. They were Protestant and eventually emigrated, most of them to Holland. Many watches signed by various Forfaicts have survived. Two Augustins are mentioned by Tardy (Dictionnaire, s.v.), both active in the late sixteenth century.