Perrelet keeps introducing more and more inspiring models. Right after the bizarre Louis-Frederic Split Seconds Chronograph and the elegant Tourbillon Titanium limited edition, here comes the extravagant Perrelet Turbine collection.
I seriously doubt that the low-contrast All-Black and the Black-and-Red versions may be called perfect timekeeping instruments: in both models, the dial (or rather the rotating blades of the oscillating weight that form the background for the display,), as well as the hour and minute hands, are of the same color (until the room is dark enough for the black-colored Superluminova compound to start emitting greenish light,) so you will have a hard time reading, err, time until the lighting conditions are perfect.
However, I assume that the 2009 Turbine is not about usability or even readability. It is, as a great number of modern luxury watches, mostly about making a statement and, oh dear, what a statement they make!
The new timepiece from the legendary Swiss company whose founding father invented the self-winding watch was built with the only one purpose in mind: to once again show the gorgeousness of their Double Rotor mechanism: a winding system that combines a pair of oscillating weight on the front and rear of the mechanism to make winding efficient and overall layout more entertaining.
You see, doing to jobs at the same time, the Double Rotor serves two purposes, providing the gadget’s Perrelet P-181 automatic movement with lots of energy during even the slightest change of your wrist’s position in space while animating the timekeeper’s face with twelve rotating blades. The movement looks sort of bizarre, but inside it’s just an ordinary ETA 2892-A2 with a new winding system and better finish.
The Turbine’s connection with aviation is further emphasized with a pair of stylized diamond-shaped hour and minute hands that we often see in different versions of contemporary pilot’s watches. Featuring the same diamond-style shape, they are still a lot more refined and provide the timekeeper with a nice touch of classiness.
Hidden inside a rather large case 44-millimeters in diameter, the movement beats at a rather standard frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and features a power reserve of 42 hours, which is also unremarkable in times when the most advanced engines can keep a watch running for whole ten days or even longer. As far as I understand, the movement is modified for Perrelt by its sister brand, a complications specialist Soprod.
At this time, the Perrelet Turbine collection is available in titanium (Refs. A5006/1 and A1047/1), DLC-coated titanium (Ref. A1047/2) and much more expensive 18kt rose gold version (Ref. A3028/1), all of them offered on black rubber bands equipped with handy folding clasps.
Perrelet Turbine Collection specification
Price range: $5000 (MSRP, ref. A5006/1 in titanium) / $5900 (MSRP, refs. A1047/1 and A1047/2 in DLC Titanium) / $25,900 (MSRP, ref. A3028/1 in Rose Gold)
Movement: Caliber Perrelet P-181 (base ETA 2892-A2,) automatic, 28,800 vph, 21 jewels, skeletonized, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds
Complications: “Turbine” design Double Rotor oscillating weight
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Titanium / DLC-treated titanium / 18-karat rose gold
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 13.00 mm
Dial: Black / Black and Red / Titanium gray
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap with folding clasp, 20-25 mm
Crystal: Sapphire, AR-coated