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

By rolex
April 7, 2021
4 min read

If you are knowledgeable in the set of experiences of watchmaking or basically on the off chance that you have at any point focused on tourbillon pocket watches in auction catalogs, at that point you are likely acquainted with the Pellaton name. It is connected to the creators of probably the most exceptional tourbillons ever. What’s more, presently it’s resurrected with a noteworthy 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 manager who says that).

Breguet concocted 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 managing organ of the watch in a pivoting cage (generally one upset each moment) to counter the negative effect of gravity. During the years after Breguet’s demise, the Tourbillon nearly fell into blankness. 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 tip top watchmakers had what it takes 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 well known 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 underneath made by James C. Pellaton in 1927-1929 are perfect instances of his work and the soul injected in the advanced creations by Michel Dawalibi as he resuscitated the James C. Pellaton name.

Michel Dawalibi got the authorization to bring back the sleeping 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 surely one of the nice astonishments of Baselworld 2017. The development architecture is directly propelled from antique Pellaton pocket tourbillon developments and modernized to be fitted and shown into a wristwatch.

The James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer is essentially lovely – and it is in excess of a simple reproduction of past wonders or a nostalgic travel back as expected. The main thing to catch the eye is clearly the natural 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 hold indications.

Most of all, the development is eminently completed and Dawalibi sets the bar overly high. The extensions are crafted from sandblasted or straight-grained maillechort, with first rate 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 amazing black cleaning on both level and adjusted surfaces, and with different interior angles.

The enormous tourbillon is a banquet 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: croc 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