A MECHANICAL BALLET IN THREE DIMENSIONS
The new collection of watches that has been produced in the Perrelet factory is available in three models with structured, three-dimensional dials
Since the invention of its double rotor system in 1995, Perrelet has become a past master in the art of hypnotising the eye with this oscillating weight placed at the side of the dial which dances when the wrist is moving. The company, founded almost 240 years ago by the Neuchâtel watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet (1729-1826) and now established in Bienne, in the Canton of Berne, takes pleasure in designing ways that time can be displayed, making it live, in the literal sense of the word as well as figuratively. You can see this in their new collection called simply LAB.
The LAB range is available with dials in three elegant colours: an intense black, a grey which is mid-way between anthracite and gunmetal, and a timeless silver. It has a very structured dial with a central disc crossed by horizontal lines surrounded by a brushed ring. A large chapter ring holds the minute track, in black or white depending on the chosen model, whereas the facetted, luminescent markers are fixed on a sapphire crystal ring, giving the hour rim the appearance of floating in the air. At the heart of the dial lies a trio of metallic hands that display the hours, minutes and seconds. The date is shown in white on a black background (except for the model with the silver dial where the colours are reversed) in a display at the 6 o’clock position.
The most spectacular aspect of the Perrelet’s LAB, however, is its oscillating weight on a rolling bearing, placed under the ring holding the markers. The part of it that can be seen is decorated with oblique lines and whirls on the dial. This rotor includes the calibre P-411, a self-winding mechanical movement designed and produced by Perrelet. It provides a 42-hour power reserve and is housed within the stainless steel, cushion-shaped case (42x42mm).
Price: 4,950 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin
Introducing the Perrelet First Class Double Rotor
Time spins, winds and uncoils in the heart of the cobalt blue First Class Double Rotor dial, the latest model from Perrelet. As the name suggests, the steel case houses two rotors. One’s silver semi-circle sweeps over the hours and minutes on the front whilst the other performs a dance through the sapphire caseback.
On the dial there’s a central blue grained disc for three leaf-shape hands to track the hours, minutes and seconds whilst the date appears at 6. A ring that glows with the same electric blue and vertical engine-turned engraving bears a silver hour rim whilst the minute track lies by the chapter ring.
A skeleton model is also available giving a glimpse of the self-winding mechanical calibre made by Perrelet.
Price: 3,690 CHF (blue dial) – 4,980 (openwork dial)
By Sharmila Bertin
The timeless First Class by Perrelet covers its buxom body in rose gold and flashes its mechanical heart. Its transparency means you can admire the delicately openwork self-winding P.381 calibre which provides a 42-hour power reserve and spins the cogs with class. It also brings to life the hours, minutes and seconds. Blue leaf-shape hands burst from the heart of the metal lace to tell the time. The hour rim unfurls its long slim gilded indices around a guilloché ring like sun beams. Depending on which model you choose, this ring is available in silvery white for a classic look or deep black for a strong contrast with the gold. The 42.5mm case has two brown or black alligator straps with a rose gold clasp to wrap around your wrist. The model is also available with a delicately grained disc “cover” in black or white. Price: 10,450 CHF (rose gold) – 12,450 CHF (rose gold and skeleton)
First Class epitomises a slightly hedonistic lifestyle. It represents the most comfortable and quiet class with premium services when you travel by plane, train or boat. Perrelet’s spin on First Class has given rise to a collection of classic watches all fitted with self-winding movements (P.321 or P.391 calibre) for men and women. The steel case is notched on the side and comes in two diameters: 42.5mm or 35mm (the smallest has a diamond bezel). The dial is available in black or white dial with a grained centre and guilloché hour rim for both models or mother-of-pearl with applied or diamond indices on the smaller model. Some versions in both sizes have a round display showcasing the balance wheel at 6 o’ clock whilst other models in the collection feature a date display instead. Price: 2450 CHF – 5950 CHF
The flower gleams with white mother-of-pearl and diamonds as its petals perform a romantic springtime dance. The floral performance gives glimpses of Perrelet’s spellbinding iridescent dial. The openwork bloom unveils a grey and white mother-of-pearl design wrapped around a finely notched chapter ring bearing classic or stylised Roman numerals. Two silver-tone hour and minute leaf-shape hands glide above the dial alongside a slim seconds hand on the counterweight reminiscent of the plant world. One side of Perrelet’s signature double rotor is visible on the dial to quickly wind up the self-winding movement in the diamond and steel 36.5mm case. This P-181-H calibre brings to life the hour, minute and second functions and a 42-hour power reserve. Price: 9,950 CHF (exc. VAT)