Perrelet is launching a new limited edition timepiece named Turbillon (this is not a spelling error since the name derives from the combination of two words – a turbine and a tourbillon). Equipped with a proprietary self-winding caliber P-371, the newcomer comes from the manufacturer’s flagship Double Rotor series. This particular timekeeper combines a tourbillon complication with a novel transparent rotor made of sapphire which is yet an unseen mixture in the world of horology. The limited edition timekeeper called Turbillon will be issued in three versions (with different case materials), each made in just 20 copies.
Undoubtedly, the most notable traits of the novel timekeeper are its 60-second tourbillon placed at the top of the face, as well as the innovative sapphire turbine with ten blades. Unlike in the previous models, this watch has the turbine made from a translucent material. It can be expected that the following models from the series will also be using this trait. However, this is not the whole story, since the in-house movement of the watch likewise has an escapement with a wheel and a lever made from oxidized silicon. When speaking about the decorations, the automatic caliber P-371 is ornamented with Côtes de Genève pattern which can be observed on its main-plate and bridges through the transparent section on the case back. As the official brand’s statements reveal, the innovative caliber for this timepiece was developed by a sister company (Perrelet is currently owned by the Festina Group). The only supported functions of Perrelet Turbillon are hours, minutes and seconds displayed on the tourbillon carriage which is visible at the 12 o’clock position.
Apart from the characteristic turbine feature, the watch has additional visual elements which are commonly seen in a Perrelet product. The examples of the Perrelet aesthetics are its luminous and triangular-shaped hour and minute hands, a crown integrated in the case, Arabic numerals (in this instance visible on the black-colored dial) and polished steel surfaces.
Perrelet Turbillon watch is placed inside a round-shaped housing which has the diameter of 46 mm and the thickness of 13.4 mm. Both sides of the case are protected with sapphire crystals with double glare-proof treatment. The supported water resistance is up to 50 meters. Moreover, the Perrelet product includes characteristic triple lugs which connect the case with its reinforced black rubber strap (which fastens with a pin buckle).
As it has been mentioned, there are three versions of the timekeeper which all feature a middle portion of the housing made from stainless steel. The first of them with the designation A1077/1 has its fixed bezel and the case-back made from steel with DLC coating. The next one with the reference number A1080/1 is an all-black version with all steel elements treated with DLC coating (this iteration even has its hour markers in black, whereas the other versions are with luminous numerals). The last of three variations, the A3037/1 is somewhat different; it has a DLC coated middle portion, while the bezel and the case back are from 4N rose gold, as well as the top rotor ring.