When an hour has passed, the Pallweber clock face performs an elegant and unique saltation.

In 1883, the Austrian inventor Josef Pallweber patented his idea of a “jumping hour”. As "heures sautantes" and "jump hour" the patent reached worldwide acclaim before it was abandoned by the industry because of its high complexity in production. Through modern technology, Josef Pallweber is able to produce jump hours at a precision level never seen before, allowing us to rediscover these elegant movements. The Jump Hour.

The first patent, which anticipated the digital time display.


It is a highly controversial idea that Josef Pallweber, an engineer from Salzburg, files with the imperial patent office in 1883. The "Pallweber watch" does not have the typical clock face that people are so familiar with at that time. Minutes and hours have to be read from the digital display - with the digits virtually leaping into the display. The "jump hour" is born! 


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Clockworks are ticking, a Pallweber jumps.

Watch connoisseurs can discover an old-established idea relaunched with state of the art Swiss precision engineering. Josef Pallweber combines history and modernity on your wrist.


We combine innovation and tradition with subtle differentness.


Marc Baltensweiler , MA HSG.

Marc Baltensweiler, MA HSG.


Mechanical watches have fascinated me since my early childhood. The special and memorable characteristics of watches would reveal something about the owner’s character to me.

Many years later, when I was working for Audemars Piguet, I realized that the well- established brands were overrepresented. This had led to a fatigue among watch owners. If everyone was wearing the same brand, how could individualists possibly be expected to identify themselves with the brand? What did the watch say about you?

I began a quest for the unique and found the jump hour. It was memorable, elegant and yet, it had a long tradition – dating back to 1883.

A jump away from the mainstream. Time to be different.




Instead of the hour hand typically found on wristwatches, the hour is displayed in a vision panel through a digit. After sixty minutes there is a leap in time – the seven turns into an eight and the eleven into a twelve.


The digital displays the Pallweber watches perform indiosyncratic leaps since their invention in the 19th century.
The historic German patent states that the inventor has pulled out “four teeth” from clockwork. Instead of latching the required power in a second spring barrel, the Pallweber worked with the “tooth space technique”: The hinge moment operates once per hour on the display disk. To enable the Pallweber to perform this leap within a matter of a second, a mechanical force is required that requires great watch craftsmanship. Josef Pallweber works with selected manufactures from the Arc jurassien in the western part of Switzerland, the region that houses most of the high-end Swiss watch-making industry.


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