Well, here comes the big guy. Perrelet has offered its huge Turbine XL Ref. A3027/1 model more than two years ago and now the Swiss brand plans to reintroduce the watch using less expensive, albeit as flashy, materials. Still measuring outrageous 50 millimeters in diameter, the new Perrelet Special Edition XL Turbine Racing DLC (ref. A1051) watch now comes in a huge stainless steel case that sports an extremely scratch-resistant DLC (Diamond-like Carbon) coating that not only looks cool, but also keeps this expensive toy in mint, unworn-like condition. For YEARS.
Though the shape and size of the watch remains unchanged, the Swiss watchmaker decided to swap the original ETA 2892A2-based P-181 movement for a newer Caliber P331 engine (we have seen early this year when the brand introduced the Turbine Diver: a diving companion rated for 300 meters of water resistance), which is reported to be based on the Alternance 10 ebauche.
While the caliber is mostly known as Soprod A10, Perrelet prefers to call it an “in-house” job. Well, at least formally, they have a right to do so, since both Soprod and Perrelet are owned by the same Festina Group although I still have an impression that they are stretching it a little here.
Compared to the standard Soprod A10 movement, the Alternance 10 features a much higher level of decoration sporting a skeletonized rotor with the traditional Geneva Stripes, circular-grained plates and numerous stylized “P” signs adorning the bridges that somehow reminds me of how Hermes and Panerai often like to decorate their modified calibers.
Normally, the main visual difference between the Alternance 10 and the Caliber P-331 is that the latter sports the famous Double Rotor design: a pair of turbine blades-styled oscillating weights sitting on the same axle and visible both through the back and the front (right behind the hands) of the watch. However, this particular model doesn’t have the blades on the rear and, as I have already noted, is equipped with a normal oscillating weight. Quite predictably, the modified movement also lacks the calendar function since the aperture would be quite difficult to read with the blades constantly abstracting the view and probably becoming a major source of irritation for the owner.
Since the watch is decisively sporty in its look and feel, Perrelet was not afraid to offer the gadget in three colors, including such bright hues as lemon yellow and pomegranate red. If the choice of colors looks too bright for you, there is also a model colored a darker shade of blue, a nice choice for moody persons.
See also: Perrelet Turbine Poker
Perrelet Special Edition XL Turbine Racing DLC automatic watch specification
Price: $7150 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Perrelet P-331 (base Soprod A10), double-rotor, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 40 hours
Movement decoration: Skeletonized oscillating weight with vertical Geneva stripes, blued screws, bridges with multiple “P” logo motif
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Case material: Stainless steel, black DLC
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 50.00 mm
Case height: 14.30 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Blue (ref. A1051/8) / Yellow (ref. A1051/7) / Red (ref. A1051/6)
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Blue, Yellow or Red rubber strap with black DLC tang buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire