The brand, which is mostly known to general public for its flashy Turbine Collection with the Double Rotor design, has recently introduced whole three special edition versions: a blingy “007,” the patriotic “America,” and the playful (in all meanings of the word) Perrelet Turbine Poker (ref. A4018/1) reviewed here.
Since I am not particularly fond of that Captain America aesthetics and don’t approve the tactics of making money on mimicking a well-established brand, that is going to be the Perrelet Turbine Poker version that I am going to tell you about.
It looks like the Swiss watchmakers are keenly interested in all things that have anything to do with casinos, gambling and other aspects of dolce vita.
As you may remember, this year alone a number of local brands, both serious and emerging, have introduced their takes on the casino-related theme.
The first watch that comes to mind is, of course, the highly complicated (and outrageously expensive) Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack.
Others, not so complex (like the new Roger Dubuis Chronograph La Monegasque Big Number (Ref. MG44-680-59-00/0IR01/B) or the limited edition Hublot Big Bang 44mm Greengo Bang (Ref. 301.CI.1170.GR.GGG10)) that simply exploit the inevitable nostalgia associated with such places of expensive recreation.
The new Perrelet Turbine Poker is placed in the grey area between the two extremities: it is not terribly complicated, but it also not simply limited to the green color of a poker table or black and red sectors of a roulette wheel.
As you can see from the photos, the new watch makes good use of Perrelet’s signature double winding rotor design. The famous front oscillating weight, which is stylized as turbofan engine turbine blades, in this particular case works to partially hide the dial with different card values painted on it.
The dial is available in three versions with the first one offering the only combination of a pair of sevens, the other giving you a couple of royal flushes with spades and hearts and, again, a pair of sevens. The third one offers you a couple of full houses.
Of course, you won’t be able to play a real card game with such a simple “complication,” but I can foresee that relatives of inveterate gamblers may have finally found an ultimate birthday gift for their beloved ludomaniacs.
As the rest of the series, the watch is animated by the Perrelet caliber P-181, which is based on the good old ETA 2892-A2 ebauche with the double winding rotor complication.
The Turbine Poker is presented in a standard gunmetal gray stainless steel body 44 mm in diameter and 12.5 millimeters thick.
To make the dial more readable, the Swiss brand has equipped the timepiece with a double-glare-proofed sapphire crystal with the famous Perrelet logo printed on its inner side.
There is still no official info on the timekeeper’s price, but the original watch was initially offered at a recommended price of $5000, so this one must be very close to it.
Perrelet Turbine Poker (ref. A4018/1) specification
Price: $6100 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Perrelet caliber P-181, base ETA 2892-A2, 21 jewels, Swiss Made
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Double Rotor design
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 12.50 mm
Dial: White with cards printed on it
Hour markers: White
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black rubber band with steel folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides