Last year Perrelet pumped up its iconic (and patented) double-rotor design with the Turbine, a distinctive 44mm re-imagining that transformed the dial-side rotor into a spinning 12-bladed titanium dynamo. Not one to rest on its laurels, for 2010 Perrelet launches the new 50mm Turbine XL.
The new XL is offered in three executions: full DLC steel, a more sporty titanium with DLC steel bezel, and the original combination of the limited 77-piece series, in pink gold with DLC steel bezel. DLC stands for Diamond Light Coating, or Diamond-Like Carbon. DLC is a virtually unscratchable coating with a hardness of 4000 to 5000 HV (Vickers), about half as hard as pure diamond. This coating has been used for 20 years in other domains, including aeronautics and Formula 1, and it was recently introduced into the watch industry. Only a small number of brands use the coating because of its high price and technical production difficulties, involving a pigmentation process, oven treatment and final mat or shiny polishing.
To compliment the three case options, Perrelet offers 3 dial designs: a classic version in black and white, and for the more adventurous, orange and black, and green and black. To optimize the natural rubber strap’s connection with the case, a central support has been added between the lugs. The movement is visible through a sapphire caseback.
The DLC and titanium version is $6000. The full DLC steel model retails for $6,650. The rose gold and DLC limited edition is priced at $25,900.
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