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Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch

Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

For 2015, the Perrelet Turbine Skeleton marks a return to some of the original reasons why the Turbine collection was so cool for a while. What you essentially have is a smaller version of the Turbine XL case (more on that below) with the entire rear part of the watch face missing. That means the dial “turbine” rotor spins around with a view of the naked mechanical movement inside of the watch behind it. The Perrelet Turbine Skeleton watch is like a peep show for movement lovers.

It was back in around 2009 that Perrelet first introduced the Turbine watch collection. The concept was dead simple, but also fun. The Perrelet Turbine watch dial was inspired by jet engines, and the turbine actually spins around as it is basically a second rotor on the dial – mechanically similar to the rotor in the automatic movement. The notion for this concept actually came from the fact the for a while, Perrelet’s trademark design was to have a rotor on both the rear of the movement and the dial. The original name of the Turbine watch was actually the Perrelet Double Rotor Turbine. In 2011, Perrelet revised the Turbine’s case design when they released the Turbine XL – that came in a 50mm-wide case versus the 43mm size of the original. While the 50mm wide case wasn’t produced for that long, the case design that came out of it stuck.

Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

Over the years, the variety of Perrelet Turbine watches has been rather staggering, and the brand (for a short while) went on a bit of a “limited edition” run producing a lot of Turbine versions with special dials. Among the interesting Perrelet Turbine styles that we saw were the Turbine Chronograph (hands-on here) as well as the Turbine Pilot (hands-on here). The 2015 Perrelet Turbine Skeleton is perhaps the most “back to the basics” Turbine in a long time.

Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

While the Perrelet Turbine Skeleton retains the case shape of some of its larger cousins, it comes in at a reasonable 44mm (water resistant to 50 meters) wide among a few model styles and even has a new strap option for the Turbine collection. Inside the Perrelet Turbine Skeleton is the Perrelet caliber P-381 automatic movement (with a sapphire exhibition caseback) which is a base Soprod (both Soprod and Perrelet have the same parent companies). Note the special “fold out” crown which has always been a cool part of the Perrelet Turbine watch collection’s trademark design.

Like all other Turbine watches the Perrelet Turbine Skeleton has a jet engine style turbine that is weighted from the bottom and spins with the momentum of your wrist. The fast, fluid motion of the turbine creates a fun sense of visual interest on the watch. With the hands (and hour markers) highly visible and on top of the turbine dial rotor, this allows the watch to remain very legible. Its a fun concept that I think a lot of watch lovers can still get behind, even if you don’t need more than one Turbine in your collection.

Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

Perrelet will offer the Perrelet Turbine Skeleton in three models, each with either a black rubber strap or the new Turbine black leather strap. The collection starts with the A1082/1 and the A1082/1A. These are the steel versions and represent the model number for the watch on the rubber strap and then the leather strap. Prices for these are $7,250 and $7,400. The A1081/1 and A1081/1A have black PVD-coated steel cases are and priced at $7,450 and $7,600. Finally there are the Perrelet Turbine Skeleton models A3038/1 and A3038/1A that have black PVD-coated steel cases and 18k rose gold bezels which are priced at $9,450 and $9,600. Compare that with the original price of the Turbine XL that was $6,500 and even less for the original Perrelet Turbine. perrelet.com

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  • Grinnie Jax

    So, that is the oldest watch manufacture with its 238 years of history? Oh, well, Breguet is two years older…

  • Jimxxx

    What’s with the smiley face in the middle of dial?

  • thornwood36

    Too difficult to read

  • nickyb66

    A nice watch Ariel, however as others have pointed out, could be difficult to read. Cheers

  • iamcalledryan

    I am torn with these. I love the look of them, they really are fun, and solid designs. But telling the time on them is hard at best, vomit inducing at worst!

  • nickyb66 I can understand what people might think from just seeing images but I assure you there is literally no vertigo issue when reading the time. They are very legible, I’ve seen and worn Perrelet Turbine watches many times.

  • Having tried their turbine watches on at BaselWorld, I will attest that they are fun and the time is easy enough to read. The model with the date behind the turbine was a pain to read. But the chrono with its sapphire counter above the turbine was a master stroke of how to combine a complication with the turbine metaphor. My concern strapping them on was how thick they were. I certainly like these watches but I wish they were priced a couple of thousand lower.

  • Funny, I was just discussing the turbine yesterday: someone posted a rather garish version of one, and I argued that there were so many iterations of it that there was probably one for just about anyone.
    I see they have also moved toward truly proprietary lugs a la Swatch and Roger Dubuis.

  • SuperStrapper  <sarcasm> In a future (we choose not to foresee), the norm will be triple lugs and standard straps will fit them. Then people will sneer at those cheap, cheesy watches with only 2 lugs per side and lament how a standard strap is not well supported and has an ugly gap where the now required center lug should have been. </sarcasm>

  • Ulysses31

    These look a bit naff.  I cannot unsee the little smiling face in the centre, especially with the hands at ten and two when it acquires the most hellacious of eyebrows.

  • lcraig7777

    Own the smaller 44mm version. Aside the obvious turbine feature, the case is the real surprise. Nothing like it. When ever I boot up the watch I’m also reminded of the unique crown hinge handle for winding. Watching the seemingly frictionless spinning turbine never gets old. No regrets. Just joy.

  • Shawnnny

    Are you smokin’ that Hawian Punch again. Hey, I’ll be in Maui for 7 days in September!!

  • Shawnnny If you make it to Oahu, give me a shout so I can buy you a beer. And the only thing I smoke is tires.

  • DG Cayse

    NVJim Jimxxx Radial engine….with a very subtle grin.

  • Shawnnny

    That’s what I like to hear! That sounds like a plan!

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