Jämes C. Pellaton – Royal Marine Chronometer & Pocket Chronometer

Founded by Michel Dawalibi in 2009, the Le Locle based luxury watch brand pays tribute to Jämes-César Pellaton (1873 -1954), the world renowned horologer and former director of the Ecole d’horlogerie du Locle. Jämes-César Pellaton was specialised in the manufacturing of high complex mechanisms like tourbillons, detent escapements, marine chronometers and on-board chronometers. Jämes-César’s father, Frédéric-Albert Pellaton-Favre (1832-1914) was also recognized as an exceptional watchmaker, specialist for tourbillons and chronometers.

Michel Dawalibi revived the name of Jämes-César Pellaton in 2009 and introduced two models -Royal Marine chronometer wrist watch and Pocket chronometer – both equipped with high end tourbillon complications. The timepieces are crafted by Michel Dawalibi in Le Locle by following Switzerland’s finest watchmaking traditions and these creations exactly reflect the philosophy of Jämes-César Pellaton.

Royal Marine Chronometer
Royal Marine chronometer, first wrist watch from the brand is equipped with a manual winding movement featuring a high end tourbillon complication. The Royal Marine chronometer is available in red gold, white gold and platinum versions (12 models per version). The finely crafted enamel dial offers a glimpse to the movement parts and the tourbillon is visible at 6’o clock.

The date indication is displayed using a retro grade scale beginning at 8:00 (1) and ending at 2:00 (31). A power reserve indicator is positioned near 10’o clock and the small seconds dial is placed about tourbillon at 6’o clock. Hands are in blued gold.

The 27 jewels Calibre 1898 JCP MD offers power reserve of 72 hours. The transparent sapphire crystal case back offers the view of movement that ticks inside.

Movement
Calibre 1898 JCP MD
Reserved and protected movement
Dimensions of movement: Diameter: 36,60 mm
Total height of movement: 9,70 mm
Number of components: 285 parts
Number of jewels: 27 Jewels
Power reserve: 72 minimum hours
Barrel: One barrel with a reverse pawl
Balance: With variable inertia screw
Escapement: with Swiss lever
Frequency: 21600 Alt/h
Balance-spring: Breguet
Bottom plates: Wet blasting Nickel silver, hand-bevelled
Bridges     : Wet blasting Nickel silver, hand-bevelled
Geartrain: Dentures NIHS, bevelling above and below
Tourbillon: 1 rotation per minute displayed at 6

Displays and complications    
Hours, minutes and date in the center
Small second at 6
Power reserve at 10
Retrograde date beginning at 8:00 (1) ending at 2:00 (31)

Case
12 red gold, 12 white gold, 12 platinum, domed sapphire crystal
Transparent background relief engravings, sapphire crystal
Numbered pieces, hand engraving, limited edition of 36 pieces
Diameter 44,00 mm; Height 14,85 mm
Water tightness: 5 atm – 50 m
Crown: Hand-engraved, black enameled JCP logo.

Dial
Enamel, Sapphire
Hands: In blued gold / Gold case color, hand bevelled

Strap
Black or brown alligator, hand-stitched, gold folding clasp engraved Jämes C. Pellaton

Presentation-case
Wood, Leather

Pocket chronometer
The Pocket chronometer, which comes in a massive 65 mm case, features a manual winding tourbillon movement of exceptional features. The Calibre 1895 JCP MD, a reserved and protected movement, which boasts 294 parts, offers a remarkable power reserve of 7 days.  This exclusive pocket complication is available in a limited edition of 12 pieces (4 in yellow gold, 4 in red gold and 4 in white gold).

Movement
Calibre 1895 JCP MD
Reserved and protected movement
Diameter: 53, 00 mm
Total height of movement: 13, 35 mm
Number of components: 294
Number of jewels: 29 Jewels
Power reserve: 167 hours ≈ 7 days
Barrel: Double barrel in parallel with coincident gears stopping system
Balance: With variable inertia screw
Escapement: with Swiss side lever
Frequency: 21′ 600 Alt/h – 3Hz
Balance-spring: Flat double balance spring (in opposition)
Bottom plates: Wet blasting Nickel silver, hand-bevelled
Bridges     : Extra features drawn Nickel silver
Geartrain: Dentures NIHS, bevelling above and below
Tourbillon: 1 rotation per minute displayed at 6

Displays
Hours and minutes in the center
Small second at 6, power reserve indicator at 9
Complication: Customized tourbillon, Power reserve

Case
4 in yellow gold, 4 in red gold, 4 in white gold, anti reflective sapphire crystal
Transparent background relief engravings, anti-reflection domed sapphire crystal
Numbered pieces, hand engraving, limited edition of 12 pieces
Diameter 65, 00 mm; Height 17, 00 mm
Water tightness: 5 Atm – 50 m
Crown: Hand-engraved JCP logo and black lacquered

Dial
Enamel / Sapphire / Mineral
Hands: In blued gold / gold case color, hand bevelled, JCP logo

Presentation-case
Wood, Leather, Gold-plated brass 5 microns

About Jämes-César Pellaton (1873 -1954)
During his exceptional career spanning near four decades, Jämes-César Pellaton had worked with prestigious horology institutions like Ecole d’Horlogerie du Locle and crafted complications for manufacture like Ulysse Nardin, Patek Philippe, Girard-Perregaux and Zenith. At the prestigious Ecole d’Horlogerie du Locle, where he worked most of his career, Jämes-César Pellaton taught students on lessons on escapements and tourbillons and supervised them to make high horology complications.  In 1921, he authored a book on the theory of escapements. In 1926 Jämes-César Pellaton caused a sensation in creating the smallest tourbillon of the world with a caliber of 10 ½ “`. In 1929, Jämes-Caesar Pellaton was appointed director of Ecole d’Horlogerie du Locle.

He was a talented master watchmaker who was appreciated by all and his theory about escapements and inventions were broadly accepted by the watchmaking field. He was awarded Honorary Member of the Union of Watchmakers of Finland in 1937 and decorated by the Finnish Watchmakers Society with the White Rose Order. He also received the Schwender large gold medal from the Swedish Watchmakers Congress in 1948.

Following the proposition from de Faculty of Sciences and by order of the Conseil d’Etat from the 18 October 1938, Mr Jämes-César Pellaton was appointed Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Neuchâtel. He received this title on the 12 November 1938 for the 100 years anniversary of the University of Neuchâtel.

He was appointed in 1942 honorary member of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) in recognition of outstanding services made to the science of watchmaking. Mr Pellaton received in 1946 the price of the COSC for exceptional artistic work. Finally he became honorary fellow of the Société des anciens élèves du Technicum du Locle and honorary member of the Fédération des anciens élèves des Ecoles techniques de la Suisse occidentale.

Jämes-Caesar Pellaton passed away on 11 January 1954 at the age of 81 years.

Courtesy: Manufacture Jämes C. Pellaton SA
Official website: http://www.jamespellaton.com

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