Watches: Perrelet Turbine Helvetia

By Thierry Ané on December 10, 2013

We are only two weeks away from Christmas now. It is time for many of us to think about the gifts we would like to offer to our loved ones. But Christmas is also a period of the year many watch lovers choose to treat themselves.

I was reviewing this year’s production trying to find something available now, affordable but original and “horological” enough to please watch enthusiasts when I stumbled upon the perfect “him and her” present: the perfect excuse to treat yourself while pleasing your loved one!

With the two Turbine Helvetia models, Perrelet pays homage to its motherland and its rich heritage, both in terms of history and watchmaking expertise.

Part of the popular Turbine collection, these watches feature a 12-blade turbine that rotates freely over the dial. Beyond the mere optical illusion, this rotation reveals the motif on the background. On these two models, one can admire a white cross floating above the red background. The Swiss national flag, however, underwent a serious makeover to give birth to this alternative version. In Perrelet’s interpretation, the immaculate white cross is stained with sprinkles of red, very similar to blood spatters. Has someone caught their hand in the turbine and left blood drops on the Swiss flag beneath?

Both models feature the P-331 calibre designed in-house and entirely made in Switzerland. This very reliable automatic movement can be admired from the sapphire case back. It bears the traditional Cotes de Genève decoration and showcases a nicely decorated hollowed oscillating weight.

The men’s version of the Turbine Helvetia measures 44 mm. It is crafted in stainless steel with black DLC coating and comes with a black alligator strap with red stitches. Also in stainless steel, the 38 mm case of the women’s version has not been coated but its bezel has been set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds. It is fitted with a beautiful white alligator strap with red stitches. Both models are secured by a steel folding buckle.

Interpreting the same watch in men’s and women’s versions is not an easy exercise. You don’t want something looking too masculine for the ladies or something oddly feminine for the gents… but both models have to share the same DNA! With the Turbine Helvetia, Perrelet brilliantly succeeded. Individually, each timepiece is contemporary, great-looking and even fun but their appeal is enhanced when they are paired together. A great gift idea!

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