Flash News: Perrelet Turbine XL Red

By Thierry Ané on November 6, 2014

Black and red makes for a perfect combination of colours! This goes for watches as for pretty much everything else and the market overflows with models playing on this virile, sporty, and always trendy contrast. This month, it is Perrelet’s turn to come up with its own interpretation of this always successful match with a nice personal twist brought by the “Turbine” concept.

Drawing inspiration from aeronautics and featuring a sophisticated and energetic aesthetic, Perrelet’s Turbine needs no introduction. In a few years, this playful creation fitted with 12 titanium blades on the dial side in place of the brand’s historic double-rotor has established itself as one of the best reasonably-priced dial animations on the market.

The model is so successful that the brand has offered it in a wide range of interpretations showing its creativity and offering an alternative suitable for all tastes. It has become the spearhead of the brand so much so that anyone not entirely immersed in the watch world will have difficulties mentioning another collections from a brand that nonetheless offers complex automatic tourbillon models in its catalogue!

The efforts made by the design team to always renew the Turbine concept through inventive interpretations has once again paid off. With a lot of perspective, the brand successfully managed to present a not-too-obvious take on the black and red watch. Even better: they offered two alternatives!

The first model plays the all-black card with a black PVD steel case and bezel while the second offers more contrasts thanks to the presence of a titanium case band paired with a black PVD steel bezel. Belonging to the “Turbine XL” sub-category, these two timepieces boast an imposing 48 mm diameter but remain extremely comfortable on the wrist. They are mounted on black rubber and secured by a black PVD steel pin buckle.

The 3-dimensional dial presents an all-black upper part with a black flange graduated with a black 60-minute track, black central hours and minutes hands filled with luminescent material of the same colour, and of course 12 black titanium blades. At this level, only the discreet central small seconds hand brings a touch of red.

Things are quite different for the under-dial, though. Here, the brand opted for an alternating black and red motif that comes to life when the turbine is rotating, sending you just the right amount of red to make you want to look at the dial without becoming flashy.

As usual, both models are powered by the self-winding P-331 calibre entirely developed and produced in-house. This reliable movement offers 42 hours of power reserve and can be admired through the sapphire crystal that covers the back of these watches, which are water resistant to a depth of 50 meters.

The Turbine Red Black PVD Steel and the Turbine Red Titanium and Black PVD Steel are clearly less of a talking piece then the Turbine Poker or the Turbine Erotic for instance, but they remain very appealing watches, easy to wear in all situations and extremely fun due to the Turbine component.

For more information please visit the Perrelet web site.

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