Watches: Perrelet Turbine Yacht Collection (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on June 12, 2014

Dating back to the late 18th century when Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet invented a self-winding mechanism for pocket watches, Perrelet is one of Switzerland's luxury watch brands with the oldest and richest legacy. However, unlike many other manufactures with such heritage, Perrelet's recent models are surprisingly contemporary in style. Even more so since the brand discovered the countless design possibilities offered by its famous double rotor watches, in their playful Turbine version.

With the Turbine Diver released in 2012, the brand successfully transposed to the maritime world a design initially inspired by jet engines. This 300 meter dive watch boasted an upper rotor with 11 blades inspired by the propellers of a submarine as well as an inner rotating bezel operated by a crown at 10 o'clock. With a dial background covered with SuperLuminova, the presence of a 15-minute diving scale and the use of black, white or blue colours, these sporty watches truly evoked the universe of scuba diving.

For this summer holiday season, Perrelet introduces another take on the maritime theme with the new “Turbine Yacht” models. Four versions of the watch are available. They all share the same 47.5 mm case as the “Turbine Diver” with the two crowns at 4 and 10 o’clock as well as the inner rotating bezel and the bended blades. They are powered by the self-winding time-only P-331 calibre like their predecessors. What makes them aesthetically different from the “Turbine Diver” models is the presence of a background dial featuring a teak-like pattern similar to the deck of a luxury boat.

The simplest model is in stainless steel with a black turbine and a grey and black teak-like background. It is mounted on a black rubber strap and costs € 5,400. A black PVD-coated steel rendition is also available. This model plays on the contrast between the black of the case and blades and the blue of the rubber strap and background dial with a hint of bronze on the hands and central pinion on which the turbine is mounted. The sticker price is € 5,950.

The last two interpretations share an unusual and yet very appealing bronze PVD steel case. The first model classically mixes this golden colour with black: the case as well as the hands and centre are bronze in colour while the turbine blades and the rubber are black. The background dial uses both colours to form the teak pattern. The last creation alternates bronze and white the same way the previous one played on the mix of black and bronze. It also showcases a very elegant burgundy-coloured teak pattern on the background dial. These two bronze models will retail for € 5,950.

The blue and white interpretations are by far my favourite renditions of this “Turbine Yacht” so far. Whatever the model, though, this is a perfect watch for the summer: it has a generous size, it looks really great, it is extremely comfortable on the wrist and the turbine is always fun to watch. Plus, when you glance at the watch, you immediately get the luxury boat reference thanks to the background dial: another design success for Perrelet!