Watches: Perrelet Turbine XL Vegas Collection
By Thierry Ané on February 14, 2014
Perrelet has come a long way since the time the brand was known for its double rotor design, an ingenious system where the automatic rotor in the rear of the movement was connected to another rotor in the front of the watch.
A few years ago, the brand decided to transform this concept into something more whimsical by replacing the front rotor with a turbine no longer linked to the rear oscillating weight so that it can rotate much more freely and create a lively jet engine-like animation on the dial. Turbine watches were an instant success and, ever since, Perrelet keeps exploring the infinite design opportunities offered by its spinning blades.
This time, the brand brings us on a trip to The Entertainement Capital of the Word with three new Turbines in XL versions. Indeed, each model, limited to 250 pieces, features a 48 mm stainless steel case with black PVD coating. Thank to short lugs and a perfectly integrated black rubber strap, these watches remain extremely comfortable on the wrist once secured with the black PVD steel pin buckle.
These new iterations of the now iconic Turbine are equipped with the self-winding P-331 calibre. This time-only in-house movement boasts an exclusive hollowed Perrelet oscillating weight that loads the 42 hours of power reserve.
What makes each Turbine Vegas model unique is clearly the dial and what hides behind the black titanium blades.
With the help of your wrist’s motion, the blades of the Turbine XL Vegas Poker starts to spin and reveals the winning hands painted on the under-dial: one pair of sevens and two Royal Flushes, one spades and one hearts.
The Turbine XL Vegas Roulette refers to another casino game and the under-dial looks like the famous “wheel of fortune” with a succession of red and black divisions and of course the green “0” for the house!
Lastly, the under-dial of the Turbine XL Vegas Playing with Fire showcases a gold-plated turbine and matching hands and hour markers. When it spins, this gold base radiantly illuminates the black case.
A view of the three under-dials
Once again, Perrelet introduces well-made waches, with a fine movement and a more than welcome fun side. If you factor in the aura associated with Las Vegas, I am sure these models will also become an instant hit like the rest of the Turbine family.