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 JÄMES C. PELLATON 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.
About Jämes-César Pellaton (1873 -1954)
Jämes-César Pellaton was born on 24 December 1873 in La Croix des Côtes, Switzerland.
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.
In 2009, Michel Dawalibi revived the legacy of Jämes-César Pellaton.
Official website: http://www.jamespellaton.com
Courtesy: Manufacture Jämes C. Pellaton SA