Perrelet Turbine Chrono Watch

Perrelet Turbine Chrono Watch

Perrelet Turbine Chrono Watch   watch releases

For 2013 Perrelet will be adding a chronograph version of the Turbine to the popular watch collection. Originally released several years ago as a sort of test sport watch, the Turbine became quite popular and has since spawned a lot of versions, including the original 43mm wide size and later a Turbine XL 50mm wide size (see a full review here). Given the design of the dial and the moving "turbine" that spins with the motion of your wrist, it didn't seem possible that Perrelet could offer additional complications.

So I think it is pretty cool that they managed to incorporate a central chronograph to the Turbine. The issue of course is that on a watch like this you can't have subdials (as they would look silly being blocked by the turbine), so Perrelet developed a special central chronograph that measures 60 minutes. The dial's central seconds hand is for the chronograph, and there is no dedicated seconds hand for the time. Minutes are counted on a moving sapphire crystal disc. Minutes are measured by looking at the red "MIN" arrow on the left of the dial. Not that the watch needed it, but there is also a tachymeter scale on the bezel. I also like that there is a date indicator window peeking through the blades at 6 o'clock.

Perrelet Turbine Chrono Watch   watch releases

Perrelet Turbine Chrono Watch   watch releases

The Perrelet Turbine Chrono watches will be 47mm wide, putting them between the original Turbine and the Turbine XL in terms of size. At launch there will be five versions of the Turbine Chrono, including three models in steel with various amounts of DLC black coating (even an all-black phantom model), a two DLC black steel and rose gold models. The turbines on the dial are said to be in titanium, same for one version in rose gold.

Inside the Turbine Chrono watch is a Perrelet P-361 double rotor automatic chronograph movement made by Soprod. We look forward to seeing these watches hands on at Baselworld and think that they should help liven the Turbine collection once again. perrelet.com

Perrelet Turbine Chrono Watch   watch releases

Tech Specs from Perrelet:

Movement: Mechanical automatic, P-361 /Perrelet Exclusive Chronograph. Hollowed and personalized Perrelet oscillating weight.
Functions: Double Rotor. Central hands indicating the hours, minutes and chronograph seconds. Sapphire central 60-minute chronograph counter. Date at 6 o'clock.
Water Resistance: 5 ATMs
Strap: Black rubber, pin buckle
Case: Diameter 47mm, thickness 16mm. Glare-proof sapphire crystal (front and back).

Perrelet Turbine Chrono Watch   watch releases

Model A1074/2
Case: Stainless steel, bezel ring with black DLC coating.
Dial: Titanium Turbine, black under-dial and dial ring. Luminous Arabic numerals and hour-markers.

Model A1075/1
Case: Stainless steel with DLC coating, stainless steel bezel ring
Dial: Black titanium Turbine, black under-dial, white dial ring. Black Arabic numerals and hour-markers.

Model A1079/1
Case: Stainless steel with DLC coating.
Dial: Black titanium Turbine, black under-dial and dial ring. Black Arabic numerals and hour-markers.

Model A3036/1
Case: Stainless steel with DLC coating, rose gold (4N) bezel ring.
Dial: Black titanium Turbine, rose gold (4N) top rotor ring, black under-dial and dial ring. Luminous Arabic numerals and hour-markers.

Model A3036/2
Case: Stainless steel with DLC coating, rose gold (4N) bezel ring.
Dial: Rose gold (4N) Turbine and center, black under-dial and dial ring. Luminous Arabic numerals and hour-markers.

13 comments
Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Central chronos have been around for years (from Cartier, for example), but this one looks great.  The all-black model in particular looks very sophisticated and classy, and thanks to the unusual design the dial is kept clear.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Interesting. At the time oof the XL release, I had wondered about the possibility of a chrono version, and basically felt they would leave that stone unturned due to the limitations on the dial. Glad to see they had the sand to go out and get it done.

Ryan B
Ryan B

The central chronograph is a nice touch, not sure if it's been done before but I like it.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Very "Joisey" looking. Perhaps a 'Snooki" model is in the works.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Anyone else old enough to remember those cheap siren/whistle rings as a kid? You would blow into the turbine and it would whirl loudly. Maybe Perrelet is missing out by not making a siren watch (not water proof but you could wind your watch by blowing into it).

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

What an elegant solution for making a chronograph without losing their turbine DNA. Pretty cool (assuming you want a jet engine intake on your wrist).

stevej2001
stevej2001

It looks cool. Too bad it doesn't suggest it's price.. does anyone know what these things go for?

Hacker4748
Hacker4748

Should I get a Perrelet Turbine XL or a Planet Ocean? Can't decide.

nateb123
nateb123

@Hacker4748 The PO wears like a brick with a strap.  For some reason Omega can't make a thick watch that fits worth a damn.  The exception is the Ploprof.  I'd choose the Turbine XL myself both for personality and a better look.

Hacker4748
Hacker4748

@stevej2001 But that is for the existing range. The price I gave is for the Turbine XL A1050/1 in a local shop.

Hacker4748
Hacker4748

@nateb123 Indeed, I don't think there's ever been a watch that fit my wrist better than the 50mm Turbine XL which really surprised me.

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