Every watch brand loves to celebrate its anniversaries, and Perrelet is no different in this regard. For the 10-year anniversary of the release of its distinctive Turbine technology, Perrelet is celebrating with the release of the Turbine Evo — a fresh new design for the Perrelet catalog, sporting an in-house movement and retaining the same unique style we’ve come to expect from Perrelet.
Perrelet has released a large number of watches in the Turbine collection over the last decade, with the hallmark design cue of the series being the turbine-inspired dial, which spins around like a propeller, adding a fun, kinetic aspect to the dial. We have covered the history of the Turbine collection more in-depth in the past, and have gone hands-on with a few as well, and have found them to be a charismatic and interesting line. For the 10th anniversary, Perrelet has taken the same design aesthetic, propeller and all, and updated it for a broad new line. The Turbine Evo watches all feature a 44mm-diameter case that is 13.82mm-thick, made out of stainless steel. Perrelet is offering the case in three different finishes: satin stainless steel, black PVD, and 4n gold PVD. To go with your choice of case finish, Perrelet is also offering the line in three dial colors, with red, “electric blue,” and gold, all with a black anodized aluminum propeller spinning on top of its respective color and color-matched seconds hand. Powering this new Evo line is the in-house caliber P-331-MH, an automatic COSC-certified movement beating at 28,800bph with 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve.
The overall style of the new Evo line is quite similar to the older generations of Turbine watches; Perrelet draws attention to a few specific design updates with the Evo line that you would be forgiven for not noticing right away. First up, the Evo line features a newly designed flat, smooth bezel, along with a now-fluted case finish along the sides of the case, and a new lug design. The crown is easier to grip, whereas older models saw the crown recessed quite far into the case. Around back, the Evo line features a sapphire caseback, with the steel caseback ring also decorated in a turbine pattern that aligns with the grooves on the side of the case (a nice touch). Also new here is the option for a bracelet, available in both a steel and gold finish to match the case. If steel bracelets aren’t your thing, Perrelet is also offering the Evo on an alligator-patterned calf leather strap, in a couple different shades.
While this Evo line doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel (or propeller — sorry, I’ll show myself out) for Perrelet, it does continue to refine the popular design of the Turbine. We’ve definitely seen a lot of the Turbine design over the past decade, so I think it’s a positive move to revisit it and refresh the design moving forward. The concept behind the kinetic dial is rarely seen and provides for a fun visual aspect to the watch. This Evo line seems much more in line with something I would be likely to wear (especially the steel finish with the blue under-dial), with its more reserved and contemporary style compared to many of the older Turbine models, and there’s certainly plenty of options available in this Evo line, with multiple under-dial colors and case colors.
Breathing some fresh air into one of their more popular designs, the release of the Evo line brings a more contemporary, modern style to the Turbine design from Perrelet. With a variety of options and colors available here, the Evo line is seeking to capture a new generation of enthusiasts going into its second decade on the market. While the kinetic propeller and overall design won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, the Turbine has definitely had a cult following the last 10 years, and I expect that Perrelet will continue to see a faithful following for its fun design moving forward. Should you want to join that following, or continue an existing Turbine collection, prices on the Perrelet Turbine Evo collection range from CHF 4,380 to CHF 4,780, depending on configuration. More information available at Perrelet.com.