September 21, 2011
by Ariel Adams
Apparently the 4th of July comes a bit late this year as Perrelet has just released a very American watch that celebrates our stars and stripes. See, if the Swiss can love America I am sure there is hope for our economy. Just send some of those excess Francs you guys keep whining about.”Boohoo! Our money is sooo valuable!” They truly are an oppressed people.
This cool new watch makes me happy to look at and is a special rendition of the newer Turbine XL watch. Perrelet also released two special edition (also limited) Turbine (non XL) watches that I will discuss in another post. What is exactly is up with the comically buff Uncle Sam? Why is he so pissed off? And who does our patriarch of patriots wish to punch? At least we know he puts on a Perrelet when getting pugilistic.
The Turbine XL America (see more stuff here) is 50mm wide in DLC black coated steel (ref. A4015/1). The outer bezel has blue sections with white stars (50 of them! Notice how the sections have either 8 or 9 stars to achieve this number) while the dial under the spinning turbine has red and white stripes. The red, white, and blue theme works well, and for all its whimsy, this watch actually works and looks darn cool in my opinion.
Insider the watch is a Perrelet P-181 Double Rotor automatic movement which you can see through the rear of the watch. It is attached to a black rubber strap and is generally agreed to be comfortable and fun. Perrelet will produce just 777 pieces in this limited edition Turbine America collection. Price is $7,000.