Since making its debut at Baselworld in 2009, Perrelet’s Turbine collection has evolved from being something of an horlogical “amuse bouche” to where it has now found a respectable niche for itself with enthusiasts who might afford the luxury of owning a piece of eccentricity to compliment their collections.
The Perrelet Turbine with its spinning blades has always divided opinion since its introduction and you can see why: whilst it has been viewed as being technically accomplished – of which there is no doubt, at the same time, so too has it always had those detractors who found that so much high speed action on their dial was perhaps a tad too much cabaret for their docile sensitivities.
However, for Perrelet, the Turbine managed to do something which does not occur often in the world of watch making and design, and that is to create something truly unique and different to the masses, something which would stand out and be recognised, and with the blur of the swept free-spinning blades of its turbine they certainly achieved that.
The latest addition to the collection sees the launch of the Perrelet Turbine Yacht series, which comprises four variants, all with the same three hand configuration powered by Perrelet Calibre P-331 automatic self winding in-house movement. Beneath its sapphire crystal, the Turbine Yacht features chunky luminous arabic numerals and applied indices which answer to broad luminous filled hands. Beneath the spinning turbine blades with their central ‘boss’, the lower dial elements are lined vertically and call to mind the visual effect of decking on a yacht and the distinctive case design features bold angular indents on the bezel and flanks with the crown located at the 4 o’clock position, a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback and an overall diameter of 47mm.
By virtue of a wind rose on the outer dial ring, denoted by North and South markings, and which can be corrected or adjusted via a crown at the 10 o’clock position, the Turbine Yacht pays tribute to an age old maritime system which facilitated calculation of the speed and direction of the winds, as well as aiding with basic navigation in pre-compass times.
Among colour options are a choice of black or bronze pvd coating, or a polished and matte stainless steel case, and in truth it is difficult to choose a standout; although the versions in untreated stainless steel or the bronze pvd, both on black rubber strap and both sporting a mostly black visage contrasting against subtle blue and red detail, probably come in ahead by a nose. Price: from 5400 to 5950 €