The themes of Perrelet’s previous limited-edition Turbine watches have ranged from patriotism to auto racing to the Chinese Year of the Dragon; its latest are targeted to more, shall we say, prurient interests: the Turbine Erotic collection, which feature decidedly adult illustrations behind the spinning, dial-side rotors.
So-called erotic watches — which feature bawdy images on their dials — have been around at least 200 years, and remain an obsession among some collectors. Perrelet’s venture into this niche focuses on a very specific genre called hentai, a racy style of Japanese manga aimed at adults.
Each of the four dials features a different miniature hentai painting, executed primarily in black and white with just a touch of red. What gives these watches a sense of voyeurism is the design of the dial. As with all Turbine watches, the image on the dial is partially obscured behind the “turbine blades” of the rotor (as shown below) and becomes visible only when the wearer shakes his wrist and starts the rotor spinning. The effect is almost like watching the flickering image of an old stag film.
The watches all contain Perrelet’s automatic P-181 movement, with its exclusive double rotor winding system. Each of the quartet is available in a 44-mm case of either titanium or black-DLC-coated stainless steel, with anti-glare sapphire crystals front and back. They are mounted on black rubber straps with folding clasps of DLC-coated steel. Each of the four variations is limited to 88 pieces, priced at $6,150. You can scroll down (unless you are easily offended) to see the pictures on the four dials, minus the turbine rotor.
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