April 6, 2009
by Ariel Adams
One of Perrelet’s signature complications is offering various watches with two rotors – one on the back of the watch, and one on the front. After years of simply having the cool looking rotor oscillating on the face of watches, they started to get a bit more creative. The most recent iteration for a men’s watch is this Turbine collection. Designed after the turbine on a jet engine, moving the watch around has the turbine vanes spinning as though the watch was about to take off.
Other companies and played with this concept as a propeller, but Perrelet is taking it to the next level with the jet engine look. Cleverly hidden in the rear of the vanes are weights that help the assembly spin, but to the wearer’s eye, everything look symmetrical. The turbine is crafted from 12 blades of titanium. Hidden between the spinning blades are luminous hour markers. To enhance legibility, the chapter ring of the dial includes minute markers and further hour indicators. The look is really sensational. See the Perrelet Turbine watch video here.
Aside from the eye catching face, I think you’ll agree that the case of the watch is very sleek and well integrated. The rubber strap integrated perfectly with the long curved lugs, and I like how the crown fits flush with the case when not in use. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the entire 44mm wide watch case is tapered a bit to resemble an entire jet engine structure.
On the back of the watch is an exhibition caseback with a view into the decorated P-181 mechanical movement and automatic rotor. This is not only one of the sportiest Perrelet watches, but it is totally unique in its looks among competitors. Though there are a few that are thematically similar focusing on modern aircraft. I further think the Perrelet Turbine is a better alternative to the style of the Zenith Defy Xtreme watches that sometimes have a similar theme, but offer less to a wide audience. The Perrelet is a more reasonably priced luxury sport watch, as well has having more daily practicality.
Three versions of the watch will be available. In titanium with an all black version with DLC coated titanium. There will also be a pink gold version available. Combining DLC coating and titanium is an excellent combination of materials as DLC is very hard and scratch resistant, while titanium is also very hard, but light. The three models are the A1047/1, A1047/2, and the A.5006/1. My choice pick is the A1047/1 with its dark tones and potent red seen between the spinning turbine blades. The natural rubber straps are secured with matching titanium butterfly deployments. Also notice that the Perrelet signature on the sapphire crystal is likely applied to the crystal itself. Look for the Perrelet Turbine watch collection to be available soon around October 2009.
See the video on this Perrelet Turbine watch here.
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