Perrelet Turbine

By Florian Matrion - July 18, 2010
Turbine Diaporama
Review of a watch-making “phenomenon”: the Perrelet Turbine. A watch with an original design and which double rotor will impress more than one. Visual and sound effects guaranteed !
Exclusive! review of the Turbine. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
Editor's opinion
57/100
Users' rating
68/100

A watch that is highly original

When the automatic rotor of a watch splits itself in two parts, like the caterpillar becomes a butterfly, and takes its flight by becoming a turbine laid on the dial, and freeing itself by the way from its role of assembling the movement, the amateur remains astonished!

First of all, astonished by the roaring of the engine, which by starting at every movement of the wrist, reminds through its sound the flight of a bee swarm.

Astonished then by the optical effect that provides the movement of the twelve titanium blades (of which 6 are ballasted with tungsten marbles), contrasting with the back's index of the dial.

But what do we have to deal with? A one-armed bandit launched amidst action? The sectors of a radar screen that have driven crazy?

The press release informs us: no, it is merely the latest discovery that results from the Perrelet's incursion in the aeronautical sector, “pioneer in matter of the development of the perpetual movement since 1777”. And hence “pays attention to any invention that can generate its own energy”.

In this case, it is the gas turbine engine that inspires the design of this amazing watch.

Perrelet Turbine : you will be astonished by the optical effect that provides the movement of the twelve titanium blades (of which 6 are ballasted with tungsten marbles), contrasting with the back's index of the dial.  

Visual and sounds effects guaranteed !

Let's come down to earth for some moments.

So, what is this astounding discovery? What does it bring new?

Up to now, the Perrelet's double rotor is known as the one that ensures the winding of the mechanism (one on the dial side and the other one on the back side).

Here, the second rotor – withdrew from the movement and thus from the frictions and inherent slow down of the humble function of winding – goes literally freewheel for the pleasure of the eyes.

Let's reassure the populations: turbine for sure, but no greenhouse gases within this watch!

The module remains mechanical, but generates a renewed visual and sound effect.

It is a regret that the colored zones of the dial are not made of bright material to “launch” the turbine at night.

 

The amateur has to face the facts: this development is then totally useless from a purely technical point of view.

But when with a neglected arm's movement, in order to put his glass, he launches what one of his mischievous friend has qualified of “gas plant”, the conversation stops around the table full of cocktails and every eyes stare his wrist: the effect is guaranteed!

 

A comfortable watch

Although the 44 mm diameter is quite generous, the casing's curve designed in the shape of a reactor, the integration of the comfortable rubber strap in the lugs and the lightness of the titanium give a comfort to the wrist to the point to almost forget it – if the turbine does not opportunely reminds its presence.

The almost invisible crown that is manipulated with a kind of lever contributes to the lightness of the whole.

 

Conclusion

This Perrelet Turbine is definitely to indulge oneself – which problem is that it is practically impossible to depict it since how unique it is...

Thus, I strongly advise you to look the 13 pictures of the slide show and to watch the video on the Perrelet's website: it's worth the trip!

 

The + :

  • originality
  • comfort
  • visual effect

 

The – :

  • the turbine is “noisy”: do not keep it while sleeping, in order to avoid divorce!
  • the visual effect would though be extraordinary in the darkness if the dial were luminous
  • the price, a bit high

 

Further information :

  • journalist's wrist = 17,5 cm
Slideshow
13 pictures to see this watch in all its angles
Click on one photo to enlarge the watch gallery
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Manufacturer data

Brand Perrelet
Model name Turbine
Reference number A 5006 / 2
Case material Titanium
Case diameter (without crown) 44 mm
Case diameter (crown included) 44 mm
Movement type Automatic
Calibre P 181 Double rotor
Calibre base ETA + module Dubois Depraz
Functions Second
Minute
Hour
Crystal Dual-face crystal with anti-reflective coating
Power reserve ability 40h
Transparent back Yes
Lug width 18 mm
Length from lug to lug 55 mm
Case thickness 18 mm
Water resistant 50 m
Strap material Rubber
Clasp type Deployment clasp
Clasp type Titanium
Total weight 109 grammes
Retail price France at 2010/07/18 3,600.00 € calc

Editor's opinion 57/100

Confort (/15) 13
more Movement (/20) 7
Movement Optimisation / Garnishment (/5) 3
Ease of handling and adjustment (/5) 4
Movement control proceeded by the Manufacture / horlogical awards (/3) 0
Power reserve ability (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
more Finishing (/20) 14.5
Dial finishing (/6) 4
Case finishing (/6) 4
Quality of garnishment / caseback engraving quality (/2) 1.5
Crystal quality (/4) 3
Clasp finishing (inner and extern) (/2) 2
more Practicality (/20) 9.5
Diurnal legibility (/5) 4
Night legibility (/4) 0
Water resistant (/3) 0.5
Strap : ease of size adjustment + ease of substitution (/4) 2
Clasp : quality and safety (/4) 3
more Bonus (/10) 3
Limited edition (/3) 0
Watch delivered with several straps (/2) 0
Quality of the watch box (/1) 1
Portability with shirtsleeves buttoned (/2) 1
Goodies included (/1) 0
Understandability of the brochure (/1) 1
Value for money (/15) 10
When to wear it ?
On the macadam of every single airport !

Users' rating 68/100

Confort (/15) 12
Movement (/20) 13.5
Finishing (/20) 15.5
Practicality (/20) 12.5
Bonus (/10) 5.5
Value for money (/15) 10
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