Thursday, May 11, 2017

Perrelet - Turbine Macau (ref. A1047/A) & Turbine Monte Carlo (A1051/A)

Perrelet’s Turbine collection welcomes two new timepieces, the ‘Turbine Macau’ and the ‘Turbine Monte Carlo’, both to be released in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

The Turbine, with its 12 anodized aluminum blades, features 5 tungsten counterweights enabling it to turn freely with a simple movement of the wrist. This is a highly complex technical element requiring intricate mastery of the assembly process so that all the components are perfectly balanced and operate optimally. This technology is not limited to the three-hand models – it is also used for the chronograph and GMT functions and associated with the spectacular Turbillon (a cross between a Turbine and a tourbillon). One of the main characteristics of this technology is the way the turbine gives free rein to imagination and creativity, with the sub-dials able to take on different ‘faces’. The rotation of the turbine results in numerous combinations of colors and visuals, creating a series of polychromatic effects for the observer.
Turbine Macau (ref. A1047/A)
The Turbine Macau (ref. A1047/A) is available in a round 44 mm case in black PDV-treated steel, with a dial consisting of three parts: first, the black subdial screen-printed in the four suits of a deck of cards which appear as greyed-out wallpaper.
Each suit is then highlighted in black or red, alternating with the luminous Arabic numerals which indicate the time. Thus there is a red heart between 12 and 3, a club between 3 and 6, a diamond between 6 and 9 and finally a spade between 9 and 12. The beauty of the dial lies in the rotating 12 blades of the black turbine.
The third element of the dial is the flange from which the minutes can be read at 15-minute intervals (15, 30, 45 and 60) while the seconds are read from tiny red rectangles, apart from 60-second point, which is indicated by a green marker.
Turbine Monte Carlo (A1051/A)
The new Turbine Monte Carlo (A1051/A) – more generously sized compared to the Turbine Macau – boasts a 48 mm case, in PVD-treated black steel, featuring the fluting typical of the Turbine collection and an integrated crown at 3 o’clock. Its particularly elaborately wrought dial includes a fourth element described below. When the wrist is turned, the black turbine reveals a red-and-black subdial, evocative of a roulette wheel. The red and black form a circular board whose segments are framed by a gold band.
The black areas bear the hour markers 3, 6, 9, and 12 while the red areas contain good luck symbols. There is, for example, the inevitable horseshoe, but also a dollar sign, the number 777, which represents the jackpot on a one-armed bandit, but which is also a favorite at Perrelet as the house was founded in 1777, and finally a four-leaf clover.
Above the turbine, the Arabic numerals on the flange indicate the minutes in 10-minute intervals. Meanwhile, the odd-number hours are marked in red: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11). Between the turbine and the dial is the fourth component: a sandblasted glass ring bearing the word ‘automatic’ and giving the ring greater depth. The warm rose gold hue of the white luminescent hands and the small central ring of the turbine serve to enhance the dial’s spectacular effect.

The Turbine Macau and the Turbine Monte Carlo are powered by the P-331 mechanical self-winding Manufacture caliber: with Turbine technology, 28,800 vph (4Hz), a 42-hour power reserve and water-resistant to 5 ATM. The exquisitely finished movement, its oscillating weight decorated with the brand logo, is visible through the transparent caseback.

Both watches are fitted with a rubber strap with folding buckle in PDV-treated black steel for the Macau model, and with black PVD-treated ardillon buckle for the Monte Carlo model.

Technical details
Models
A1047/A Turbine Macau
A1051/A Turbine Monte Carlo

Movement
Perrelet P-331 manufacture caliber: mechanical, self-winding, Turbine technology
Vph: 28.800 (4Hz)
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 hours
Bridges: rhodium-plated and sandblasted
Rhodium-plated oscillating weight, openwork brand logo

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Seconds

Case
Round in black PVD-treated stainless steel
Diameter: 44 mm (Ref. A1047/A) and 48 mm (Ref. A1051/A)
Thickness: 13.3 mm (Ref. A1047/A) and 14.3 mm (Ref. A1051/A)
Integrated crown at 3 o’clock
Sapphire crystal with dual-sided anti-reflective treatment
Anti-reflective sapphire caseback
Individual number engraved on caseback (XX/100)
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Dials
Turbine Macau (Ref. A1047/A)
- Turbine in black anodized aluminum (12 blades) with 5 counterweights in tungsten
- Black subdial with, underneath, a grayed-out wallpaper screen-print of the suits of a deck of cards, and for the hour markers, white luminescent numerals at 3,6,9 and 12, interspersed with the suits of the cards (hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades)
- Flange with minutes indicated in black Arabic numerals, outlined in luminescent white, at 15-minute intervals
White luminescent second markers on small red rectangles, except at 60 where they appear in green

Turbine Monte Carlo (Ref. A1051/A)
- Turbine in black anodized aluminum (12 blades) with 5 counterweights in tungsten
- Sub-dial evocative of a roulette wheel with alternating red and black sections
- Gold Arabic numerals on a black background at 3, 6, 9 and 12, with good luck symbols on the red sections (horse shoe, dollar, 777, four-leaf clover)
- Flange with minutes indicated in luminescent white on a graduated scale and marked by hour markers from 10 to 10
Hours indicated in red on the flange
Sandblasted glass ring bearing the word ‘automatic’ at 6 o’clock
Rose gold hands with luminous white centers for hours and minutes
Central red second hand
Small central pink gold-colored ring in the turbine

Strap
Rubber with black PVD-treated folding buckle with the Perrelet logo for the Turbine Macau (A1047/A), and ardillon buckle in black PVD-treated steel with the Perrelet logo for the Turbine Monte Carlo (A1051/A)

Limited edition
Limited edition of 100 individually numbered pieces

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