Pellaton, Jämes-César (1873-1954)
One of the most esteemed tourbillon makers of the early part of the 20th century. He learned his craft from his father, also a renowned maker of chronometers with one-minute tourbillon regulator. In terms of design, he followed in his father’s footsteps, using the same type of ebauches (blanks).
He taught at the Horological School in Le Locle, Technicum neuchâtelois (1903-1939) and became its Director (1926). He also published a remarkable Cours d’échappements (1921), a treatise on horology which has been reprinted many times and translated into several languages. In 1943, the Neuchâtel government awarded him the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa.
He was awarded Honorary Member of the Union of Watchmakers of Finland in 1936 and decorated by the Finnish Watchmakers Society and the Government with the White Rose Order in 1949. This is the first time such an award is given to a foreigner.
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