Perrelet - Dragon Turbine
The Turbine double-rotor watch is celebrating the year of the dragon by offering a chance to unmask the mythical animal, the only one of its kind in the Chinese calendar, mysteriously perched on the dial of a truly refined creation.
In tribute to this long-awaited year, traditionally considered extremely auspicious, the Special Edition features a splendid depiction of the sacred animal, the symbol of the Chinese emperors. It appears in all its splendor when the turbine is set into action, portrayed according to the traditional rules, with an upward looking gaze, a body covered with scales and ending in a fish tail and five-clawed paws. Carved out from hand-colored Polynesian mother-of-pearl, it is encrusted into a naturally white mother-of-pearl dial. This shimmering creature, accredited with the magical power to engender happiness and harmony, is splendidly highlighted at the heart of a black-clad Turbine watch.
The Dragon special series comes in a DLC-treated 44 mm-diameter case fitted with an alligator leather strap, and is issued in a limited numbered 99-piece edition.
Ref. A8000/1 A 99-piece limited edition
MOVEMENT Automatic P-331 Double Rotor /
Exclusive to Perrelet
Open-worked black Perrelet rotor
FUNCTIONS Central hands indicating the hours,
minutes and seconds
CASE Diameter 44 mm, thickness 13 mm,
anti-glare sapphire (front & back),
steel case with DLC coating
DIAL Mother of pearl with dragon design beneath the black Turbine
WATER RESISTANCE 5 ATM
STRAP Black alligator strap,
folding clasp with push-buttons
At Chronopassion, you can sometimes find brands that you’ve been keeping your eye on, that you haven’t wanted to let slip off your radar, but that somehow haven’t quite done it for you. Until recently, Perrelet was one such brand. “I’ve known Joëlle (ed: Esculier, Perrelet’s France representative) for a long time. The double rotor principle was really interesting, but it didn’t really grab my attention in a big way,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. Then came the day when Perrelet moved on to the Turbine and unveiled their erotic Manga models. The concept, its implementation, and its no-nonsense workings – in striking contrast to the erotic subject it reveals – all aroused the curiosity of Laurent Picciotto, whereupon he brought Perrelet into Chronopassion.
The partnership began right there and has continued ever since, with the Turbine collection. In fact, the target market consists of informed watch-lovers, in search of fun timepieces at an attractive price – a watch that will draw the gaze of experienced watchmaking observers without being at all flashy.
From a brand point of view, Laurent Picciotto boasts the merits of a creative approach “that doesn’t take itself too seriously – but makes its watches very seriously indeed” along with a team that “really knows where it’s going.”
True to form, the owner of Chronopassion is not only measuring what has been achieved but above all looking to the future. He’s hoping for a turbine that, some day, “rather than simply having a fun aspect that serves no useful purpose on the watch, will feature that aspect with a function all of its own – such as displaying the time.” Without going into any more detail, he’s tossed out an idea right there – one that the brand may or may not take up when the time is right.
For now, Perrelet has found a place of its very own at Chronopassion. They bring out their new models circumspectly and intelligently – such as the gold ones that have been making an appearance lately. In any event, the brand will definitely be around for a good while yet: “we really are keen to work together. Perrelet is anything but a start-up; it’s a clear-headed business which is really open-minded, too.” Perrelet is not about to slip off Chronopassion’s radar!
Journalist : Olivier Müller