SPIN­NING AROUND

A biro­tor that keeps you en­ter­tained ev­ery time a slight move­ment is made.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Leong Wong

An en­ter­tain­ing bi-ro­tor that will keep you mes­merised from Perrelet Tur­bine Chrono A3036/2.

PERRELET IS A WATCH BRAND founded by Abra­ham-Louis Perrelet in 1777, an in­no­va­tor who has laid claim to the in­ven­tion of one of the ear­li­est forms of the au­to­matic wind­ing move­ment. There have been sev­eral claims to the in­ven­tion of au­to­matic move­ments, but Perrelet is pop­u­larly be­lieved to be the in­ven­tor of the au­to­matic sys­tem. As au­to­mo­biles would not come into the pic­ture for another two cen­turies, A-L Perrelet also in­vented the pe­dome­ter, which cal­cu­lates the steps and dis­tance a per­son takes while walk­ing, and that was in 1780.

The brand has pro­duced watches ever since, even if they were a lit­tle or­di­nary. It wasn’t un­til 2004 when the brand was bought over by the Festina Group that the brand was given a new lease of life and in­tro­duced some time­pieces with com­pli­ca­tions. Things re­ally started hap­pen­ing in 2009 un­der a new di­rec­tion and the watch­maker in­tro­duced an in­no­va­tive fea­ture: The now iconic Tur­bine ro­tor, part of the dou­ble ro­tor sys­tem that is part of Perrelet’s DNA. The Tur­bine dou­ble ro­tor is in­spired by the tur­bine of a jet en­gine which spins like a ro­tor vis­i­bly on the dial, while the lower part of the ro­tor is hid­den be­neath.

The lat­est ad­di­tion to their Tur­bine Col­lec­tion is the Tur­bine Chrono A3036/2. It is a great look­ing watch which is clev­erly de­signed with the en­ter­tain­ing tur­bine and also fea­tures a new way to tell the chrono time. What makes it one of the best watches of the year has to be the way the chrono minute counter works. It has the minute mark­ers in Ara­bic nu­mer­als trans­ferred on the cen­tre sap­phire disc, which moves in clock­wise di­rec­tion with the in­di­ca­tor marked in red ar­row, with ‘min’ at nine o’clock on the sta­tion­ary outer sap­phire ring. The black tur­bine ro­tor with its 12 blades is vis­i­ble just be­low the sap­phire dial and above a rose gold dial, so with ev­ery slight­est move­ment of your wrist it spins away in tan­dem with the ro­tor be­neath. Above the sap­phire di­als are the hour and minute hands in black coated with lu­mi­nes­cent and a red cen­tral chrono sec­ond hands in­di­cat­ing the Ara­bic nu­mer­als and in­dexes lu­mi­nous hour mark­ers on the black outer ring. The tachymetre scale is on the black bezel.

The move­ment cal­i­bre Au­to­matic P-361 is de­vel­oped ex­clu­sively with an ex­ter­nal de­vel­oper for Perrelet. This is prob­a­bly the only rea­son Perrelet Tur­bine Col­lec­tion is so iconic. The self-wind­ing ro­tor is unique as it is part of a dou­ble ro­tor sys­tem; the tur­bine ro­tor that gives the name to the col­lec­tion moves free and is at­tached to the self-wind­ing ro­tor sys­tem be­neath which pow­ers up the bal­ance spring in the bar­rel, har­ness­ing a to­tal of 42 hours of power re­serve.

The fun and spin in-house me­chan­i­cal au­to­matic move­ment is en­cased in a body with rose gold bezel, dial and push­ers with stain­less steel with DLC coat­ing with a 47mm in di­am­e­ter. Al­ter­na­tively you can have the other op­tion of stain­less steel and DLC coated stain­less steel case. The watch is matched with a rub­ber strap.

Now that is clever. After all, the ba­sic func­tion is to tell the time and also the main at­trac­tion of a watch is the aes­thet­ics cer­tainly en­ter­tain­ing com­pli­ca­tions that are vis­i­ble are a plus sign. The tur­bine ro­tor plus the ro­tat­ing sap­phire minute disc cer­tainly makes it one of the most in­ter­est­ing and at­trac­tive chrono­graph watches around.

Top: Perrelet Tur­bine Chrono A3036/2 in rose gold with black DLC stain­less steel case.

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