Perrelet Turbine XL

Giant 50mm case…

In 2011 Perrelet will release its ostensibly popular “Turbine” watch in an XL Version.  The Perrelet Turbine XL will have a whopping 50mm case and come in a variety of colors and with a slight change to the strap/case integration.  The original version of the Turbine was 44mm.  You may recall that the spinning “turbine” effect is possible because of Perrelet’s double rotor system.

At this point I’m pretty much seeing this watch as being “too clever by half”.  When it was first announced, there was huge ‘buzz’ about the Perrelet Turbine and I was right there, intrigued and curious.  But the curiosity quickly faded..   The green and orange color options of the new XL watch only reinforce my view this watch is too much “toy-like”.  Seriously, would you pay $5,000+ for this watch?  The limited edition rose gold version will cost you closer to $20,000!  I can only imagine the depreciation as soon you walk off the lot with this thing on your wrist.  Perhaps the ephemeral enjoyment of the ‘wrist turbine’ is worth it for some…but not for me.

Perrelet Turbine XL – 50mm case

2 variations in “DLC” steel…

And 2 versions with a titanium + DLC steel case…

There will also be a limited edition (77 piece) rose gold option:

Any thoughts from other horological connoisseurs out there?

  • Delmar

    I agree, this watch is too gimmicky at a lower price let alone $5000 and upwards. Perrelet are clearly trying to create a cult classic but have created something that won’t age well I think. And 50mm!!!!! Far far too big. Perrelet are a great brand with good heritage, they can do better than this.

  • Bobmiller

    Delmar, your a moron…this watch is amazing!

  • DavidS

    sorry if 50mm is too big for your little girly wrist, I want this watch badly