The self-winding Perrelet First Class Double Rotor Skeleton 20th Anniversary pays tribute to the Dipteros 1777 model that the brand issued back in 1995. For Perrelet, the model was groundbreaking. It was the first among their watches ever to feature so-called “double rotor” design where a front oscillating weight is visible freely right on the timekeeper’s face. Originally designed to advertise the fact that it was none other than Abraham-Louis Perrelet who first invented a self-winding timekeeper, the Dipteros 1777 became a grandfather of their current iconic Turbine family. The 20th Anniversary model was officially presented during the Baselworld 2015 show.
First presented back in 2009, the “double-rotor” Turbine line includes a number of beautiful three-handers. What the collection lacked till now was a chronograph: obviously, it is not that easy to make a chronograph out of a watch that has most of its dial covered with a turbine blades-styled auxiliary oscillating weight. However, with its new Perrelet Turbine Automatic Chronograph (Ref. A1074/2), the company demonstrates that anything is possible if you have some imagination.
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.
It’s been a while since Perrelet started offering a range of diving timekeepers to its loyal customers, but it is only now that the Swiss watchmaking brand decided to expand the product line-up with a model that features their outstanding, aerospace-inspired double rotor design. Called Perrelet Turbine Diver (ref. A1066), the new automatic watch is delivered in a terribly oversized body, features numerous color schemes and is good for whole 300 meters of water resistance.
The famous Manufacture has recently updated its Perrelet Chronograph Squelette (ref. A1056.1) series of skeletonized timekeepers with a model that, for a change, is powered by their new open-worked chronograph movement.
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.
At Baselworld 2011, among a number of other high-tech and classy timepieces, Perrelet has also presented its new collection of divers: a three-hander, a chronograph, and a GMT. Although they position the chrono as a flagship of the series, the new Seacraft GMT (Refs. A1055/3 and A1055/A) looks to be the most interesting (or, at least, the most useful) among them.
Perrelet has recently updated its Regulator family with a retrograde hour display with a model in a titanium case. Judging by the promotional photos that we have just received, the refreshed Regulator Retrograde in Titanium (refs. A1041/4 and A3014/5) will retain all the characteristic design elements of the collection but will bring in a more subdued, discreet color scheme with different shades of grey accented with burgundy-colored elements of the dial.
First presented at Baselworld 2008, the Turbine XL collection was reintroduced for this year with a gorgeous Perrelet Turbine XL (Ref. A3027/1). 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 model in rose gold and DLC-coated stainless steel that looks the best if you are into this sort of styling.
The last year’s Perrelet Big Central Moonphase is now reintroduced in titanium as (ref. A5000/2) model. Resurrected only six years ago, when the brand was sold to Miguel Rodriguez of the Festina Group, Perrelet is doing its best to reestablish itself as a haute horlogerie brand.