In order to pay tribute to its motherland, Switzerland, the country responsible for the greatest haute horological creations, Perrelet extended its very popular Turbine Collection with two special editions – a men’s watch (Ref. A4037 / 1) and a ladies’ model (Ref. A4038 / 1). Under their turbines which make an interesting visual effect when rotate, the new Turbine Helvetia watches reveal the Swiss flag – a white cross on a red background. Along with this cool feature, the ladies’ version provides a high level of luxury, offering a bezel set with 60 sparkling diamonds.
A few years ago, Perrelet introduced a new double rotor concept, which allows a rotor on the dial to spin much more freely, with each movement of a wrist, since it is not connected to the rotor in the mechanism. This change did not improve the functionality, but provided a unique visual effect and a lot of fun. The circular form of the 11-blade upper rotor remains of a submarine propeller. When it spins, the Swiss flag on the dial of the new Turbine Helvetia watch becomes completely revealed, just as there is nothing that covers it.
The men’s version of the Turbine Helvetia (“Helvetia” is a personified symbol of Switzerland) features a stainless steel case with black DLC coating. It has the diameter of 44 mm and the thickness of 13 mm. The turbine and the outer rim of the dial come in matching color. The minute track and applied hour markers are covered with white luminescent material, as well as hour and minute hands. The second hand is marked in red, matching the dial’s background, petit Arabic numerals on the flange, as well as stitching on a black crocodile strap.
The case of the ladies’ version has the diameter of 38 mm and the thickness of 12.77. It is made of brushed stainless steel and features a glamorous bezel, set with 60 diamonds weighing 0.90 carats. The turbine is white, as well as a leather strap with red stitching. At the outer rim of the dial, there are printed Arabic numerals indicating minutes. Inside of them, there are applied hour numerals and markers, covered with a luminescent material.
Both watches are powered with in-house Alternance 10 (A10) self-winding movements, whose beautiful Côtes de Genève decorations can be seen through transparent sapphire crystal case-backs.