The world’s leading watch and jewelry show, Baselworld 2012 has just ended, but we will continue to review the latest products of the top end watchmakers. One of the oldest watch brands, Perrelet, started the year with a new contemporary interpretation of its famous Double Rotor watch that represents an original concept, perfectly followed by an original architecture. Besides, there is a new edition of Perrelet Turbines timepieces that come in several variations.
The new Perrelet Double Rotor watch features the original concept which involves an upper rotor in the form of a ring that is positioned above the mechanism and rotates around its periphery. This rotor is visible behind hour indices and it forms arches between the central dial and the upper bezel ring.
The transparent sapphire crystal case-back allows us to enjoy the beautifully designed lower rotor, decorated with the Côtes de Genève motif along with an open-worked P for Perrelet. Working together, these rotors wind a new proprietary Caliber P-341 self-winding movement, providing hour, minute, seconds and date functions.
You can enjoy the intriguing design and the amazing details of every single part of the watch. Particularly interesting is the three-leveled dial that has the power to hypnotize you with its contrasting geometrical patterns. The trussed center part is framed with the leaning fluted rotor, while the rectangular minute track goes around the outer ring. The date aperture is located at the 6 o’clock position.
The sign of recognition of the renowned collection is a distinctive cut-corner cushion-type case with a fluted case middle that is subtly tapered towards the back. It has the mid-size diameter of 42 mm (13.15 mm thick) and comes in three variations, depending of whether it is made of steel, DLC-coated steel or 18 karat gold. Shades that come from beautifully polished and brushed surfaces give the amazing visual effect in the combination with dial’s tones.
Each version is available with an elegant black alligator strap that incorporates a folding clasp in the matching material. The new Perrelet Double Rotor timepiece is protected with an anti-reflecting sapphire crystal and it is water-resistant up to 50 meters (165 feet).
New Perrelet Turbine Diver Watches Go up to 300 meters Under Water
A few years ago, the Perrelet’s signature double rotor concept evolved in the new brand’s trademark, Turbine watch with a rotor on the dial that was not connected to the rotor in the mechanism, which allowed turbine to spin much more freely. This is not a kind of change that improves the watch functionality. By providing a beautiful visual effect, the spinning turbine simply has the entertaining purpose.
The circular construction of the 11-blade upper rotor evokes a submarine propeller, spinning freely above the SuperLuminova-coated dial, with the movement of a wrist. The “turbine” comes in the combination of two colors which blend together when it turns, providing the amazing spectacle and the illusion of a completely luminescent dial.
Beside this cool feature, the Turbine Dive is highly functional watch, made for serious diving activities up to 300 meters (990 feet). Elapsed times are calculated by a rotating inner bezel ring with the minute scale which is highly readable thanks to the use of different colors and volumes. Dive times are measured by a rotating inner bezel on which the average 20-minute duration stands out clearly thanks to a play on colors and volumes. It is controlled by a crown at the 10 o’clock position, ensured with a locking system. The Arabic numerals, the main hour-indices, as well as hour and minutes hands are covered with white Superluminova, providing exquisite legibility. The striking dial is available in several color variations.
New Perrelet Turbine Diver watch has a robust case with the diameter of 47.5 mm and the thickness of 14.82 mm. It is available either in stainless steel or black DLC-coated steel, on a rubber strap with a stainless steel pin buckle which matches the color of the dial. A second crown with a petit fold out handle is integrated in the case, at the 4 o’clock position. The sapphire crystal set into the screw-in case-back allows a clear look at a P-331 Double Rotor self-winding movement developed on the basis of the new Manufacture-made Alternance 10 Caliber, with its Côtes de Genève motif.
This intriguing timepiece is another high-quality diving watch, released this year, at the world’s leading watch fair. If you are a passionate diver, compare it with the new Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000, Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ceragold Chronograph, Linde Werdelin Oktopus II, the new Clerc’s Hydroscaph Central Chronograph watch or the beautiful Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diving Chronograph.
Besides the 47.5 mm model, Perrelet also re-launched a luxurious Turbine XL watch with an over-sized, 50 mm case crafted in red gold. This exclusive timepiece comes in the limited Edition of just 77 pieces.