The famous Swiss watch Manufacture has recently updated its Perrelet Chronograph Squelette (ref. A1056.1) series of skeletonized timekeepers with a watch powered by their new open-worked chronograph movement.
As some of you may remember, two years ago the Swiss watchmaking brand whose founding father Abraham-Louis Perrelet actually created the very first automatic watch in 1777, has revealed its gorgeous Perrelet Louis-Frederic Split-Seconds Chronograph.
Beautifully crafted, the model was produced in a limited edition of just 77 pieces (50 watches in rose gold and 27 more in white gold.)
I guess the model was quite successful, since this year Perrelet decided to reissue the watch with almost the same skeletonized dial, but now equipped with another movement. It will also be less expensive, since the watch will be offered in a more affordable stainless steel body of the same size.
If you will compare the two models, you will notice that the new watch only slightly differs from the original.
Its applied hour markers were replaced with more legible Arabic numerals and the smaller inner disk now features a proper minute track that, too, makes the timekeeper easier to read.
The four transparent rotating disks that are crafted from mineral glass are still here. Strategically placed at 3, 6, 9 and 12 hours, they work as a simple calendar display, a 12-hour chronograph totalizer, a small seconds indicator and a 30-minute chronograph counter respectively.
The reason for replacing the usual smaller hands is simple: the skeletonized movement that serves as the dial of the watch is very pleasant to look at, but doesn’t provide very good background for tiny stick-shaped hands.
As to the movement itself, in this timekeeper the original caliber P-241 that offered split-seconds functionality was replaced with a simpler Perrelet caliber P-291 that works only as a normal chrono.
The movement is packed inside a medium-sized stainless steel case. Around 43.5 millimeters in diameter and 14.9 millimeters in height, the body of the watch is just large enough not to attract to much attention to itself.
By the way, compared to the 2009 year model, the new watch is equipped with a black DLC-coated fixed bezel.
Covered with the scratch-resistant coating, the bezel not only makes the watch look sportier, but actually makes it possible to wear the timepiece while on a boat trip or during some other activity where there are lots of hard surfaces.
There is still no info regarding the Squelette’s international availability, but it is known that in Europe the watch will be available at a pretty much affordable price of just €5500.
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Perrelet Chronograph Squelette (ref. A1056.1) automatic watch specification
Price: €5500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Perrelet caliber P-291, in-house, 30.00 mm x 7.90 mm, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Skeletonization
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case and Crown material: Stainless steel (there is also a version in black DLC steel)
Bezel material: Black DLC-treated steel
Size: 43.50 mm
Case height: 14.90 mm
Dial: Silvered, skeletonized
Hour markers: Black
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber with folding clasp in steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective