Here comes the big gun. 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) 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 remain 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 blank caliber.
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 the French Hermes and the Italian 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). 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. The modified movement also lacks the calendar function since the aperture would be 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 specification
Price: $7150 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Perrelet P-331 (base caliber Soprod A10), in-house “double-rotor” complication, 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: Stainless steel, black DLC
Size: 50.00 mm
Case height: 14.30 mm
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