First presented at Baselworld 2008, the Turbine XL collection was reintroduced for this year with a gorgeous Perrelet Turbine XL (Ref. A3027/1) automatic watch. While the collection is currently available in an extra-large size of 50 millimeters in diameter and offering six different color and material combinations, it is the limited edition watch of the same size in rose gold and DLC-coated stainless steel that actually looks the best if you are into this sort of styling.
It took the Swiss watch brand almost two years to present a plus-size version of their mesmerizing Turbine Collection.
While the original Perrelet Turbine model was offered in a not particularly legible black on black color scheme, the Perrelet Turbine XL Ref. A3027/1 is sporting a very contrast dial layout. Its laconic hour and minute hands are generously covered with white SuperLuminova luminous substance that looks extremely contrast on the matt-black background provided with the black dial and black Titanium winding rotor shaped as twelve turbine blades.
Black Arabic numerals engraved on rose gold plaques are also highly legible as is the bright-red central second hand and odd hour indexes that are also painted in white luminescent stuff.
Like the original Turbine, the refreshed watch is powered by the Perrelet P-181 automatic movement that features their patented Double Rotor winding mechanism. The movement, as far as I know, is based on the ETA 2892A2 ebauche with the twin-rotor complication made totally in-house.
The uniqueness of this movement is that both oscillating weights share the same shaft, more evenly distributing their weight and making the winding process more efficient and, probably, even extending the caliber’s estimated life span.
As you can see on the photos, the watch now features an extra maintenance horn added between the lugs. The additional horn makes the watch look even sexier and also provides the natural rubber strap with better support.
Well, as it is often the case with so called “sporty” watches, the only real problem of this timekeeper is its size.
According to official specs, the new Turbine XL (as the name actually implies) is presented in an enormous body whole 50 millimeters in diameter and more than 14 millimeters in height! Equipped with rather long lugs, the watch will probably look good on a mighty wrist of a quarterback or a professional body builder, but I can hardly imagine it on a wrist of a normal man (if he is not terribly overweight, that is.)
Perrelet plans to sell as many as 77 units of the watch.
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Perrelet Turbine XL (Ref. A3027/1) Limited Edition automatic watch specification
Price range: €18,350 (MSRP)
Movement: Perrelet P-181, automatic, ETA-based, modified by Soprod, 21 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Complications: Double Rotor
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: DLC-coated Stainless steel and rose gold
Bezel material: DLC-coated Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 50.00 mm
Case height: 14.30 mm
Dial: Black with rose gold elements
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black natural rubber
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire