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