Hands-On – James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer (With Proper Haute-Horlogerie Execution)

Hands-On – James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer (With Proper Haute-Horlogerie Execution)

If you are knowledgeable in the set of experiences of watchmaking or essentially in the event that you have at any point focused on tourbillon pocket watches in auction catalogs, at that point you are most likely acquainted with the Pellaton name. It is connected to the producers of probably the most exceptional tourbillons ever. What’s more, presently it’s resurrected with a momentous watch, without a doubt! Here is the James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer, highlighting an incredibly all around completed development (and it’s our technical supervisor who says that).

Breguet created the Tourbillon toward the finish of the 18th century and was conceded a patent for this new kind of controller in 1801. Its principle is to place the directing organ of the watch in a turning cage (normally one transformation each moment) to counter the negative effect of gravity. During the years after Breguet’s demise, the Tourbillon nearly fell into insensibility. However, watchmakers turned around to Breguet’s brainchild during the nineteenth century, as chronometry became a subject of competition and the tourbillon was viewed as an answer for improve the precision of chronometers.

Only a small bunch of world class watchmakers had the right stuff to craft such sophisticated mechanism. Among them, the name Pellaton holds a special place, with Albert Pellaton-Favre (1932-1914) and his child James César Pellaton (1873-1954). To the point that the distinctive Pellaton tourbillon carriage is essential for the couple of popular historical tourbillon cage designs.

The Pellatons manufactured tourbillons and developments for some, known brands, including Patek Philippe, Ulysse Nardin, Zenith or Girard-Perregaux. The Patek Philippe Tourbillon watches beneath made by James C. Pellaton in 1927-1929 are perfect instances of his work and the soul imbued in the cutting edge creations by Michel Dawalibi as he restored the James C. Pellaton name.

Michel Dawalibi got the consent to bring back the resting brand from the Pellaton family. He resurrected the name in 2009 and the introduction of his Royal Marine Chronometer, planned in the first Pellaton style, was for sure one of the nice amazements of Baselworld 2017. The development architecture is directly enlivened from antique Pellaton pocket tourbillon developments and modernized to be fitted and shown into a wristwatch.

The James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer is basically perfect – and it is in excess of a simple reproduction of past wonders or a nostalgic travel back as expected. The primary thing to catch the eye is clearly the recognizable architecture and the distinctive Pellaton cage with cleaned equidistant arms. However, the development is shown under a sapphire dial to incorporate retrograde date and force save indications.

Most of all, the development is greatly completed and Dawalibi sets the bar excessively high. The extensions are crafted from sandblasted or straight-grained maillechort, with first class anglage (in terms of subtleties and execution, we are close to Greubel-Forsey, and that is appropriately amazing, accept us). Same complements can be made for the tourbillon connect, with heavenly black cleaning on both level and adjusted surfaces, and with various interior angles.

The huge tourbillon is a blowout for the eyes. Its balance highlights gold controlling screws and a Breguet hairspring. It runs at 21,600 vibrations each hour and flaunts a 72-hour power save. The gem set into a gold chaton held by three screws at the center of the development is a nice (and historical) touch.

A current pocket variant of a similar development was introduced too at Baselworld. The three pictures beneath are somewhat clear as crystal and give additional evidence of the work performed at James Pellaton. For more data on James Pellaton you can visit their site at www.jamespellaton.com .


Technical specifications James Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer

  • Case: 44.00mm x 14.85mm – 18k white gold or 18k pink gold – sapphire crystal on the front and on the back – water impervious to 50m – sapphire dial.
  • Movement: caliber JCP 1898 MD, 36.60mm x 9.70mm – mechanical with manual winding – 72h force save – 21,600 vibrations/h – 27 gems – hours, minutes, retrograde date, power save indication, one-minute tourbillon.
  • Strap: gator calfskin with pin buckle
  • 12 pieces in pink gold, 12 pieces in white gold and 12 pieces for special orders.
  • Retail price : CHF 298,000