Perrelet Split-Second Chronograph “Louis-Frédéric” Limited Edition

Perrelet presents a special, split-second Chronograph as homage to the “savoir faire“of Louis Frédéric Perrelet, the Grandson of Abraham-Louis Perrelet.

Louis-Frédéric (1781–1854) underwent his first years of formation under the watchful, yet benevolent eyes of his grand-father in Le Locle. After reaching adulthood, he chose to quit the harsh mountain climate for the excitement that Paris had to offer. There, he is known to have worked for the famous Abraham-Louis Breguet, most probably by a contact established by his grandfather. This stage evidently helped to sharpen Louis-Frédéric’s skills to the extent that he soon was granted access to the royal court. On his merits he served no fewer than three French kings as official Royal watchmaker. He equally gained fame by many an exhibition culminating in winning 4 gold medals for outstanding horological work. In 1827, he deposited a patent application for a new invention, the chronograph split-second mechanism.

His patent was officially registered in his name on March 11,1828. This invention led the “Academie de Sciences” in Paris to award him with another gold medal a few years later.

Driven by the same passion, Perrelet’s engineers have conceived a series of new timepieces by reinterpreting this complication with the possibilities offered by today’s technology.

The 1st series is limited and numbered to 50 pieces in a combination of 18 carat white and rose gold with a black skeletonised dial. The second series limited to 27 pieces in 18 carat white gold only, features a blue, skeletonised dial.

Both editions feature Perrelet’s automatic, semi-skeletonised calibre P-241. Central hour and minute hands work in perfect harmony with the seconds and date being displayed by rotating glass disks. Another two disks serve to display the chronograph totalisers, all of which produce a highly innovative and aesthetically appealing look to the watch.

The contemporary design is enhanced by using a natural rubber straps which has been embossed with the Perrelet Logo. A gold deployment buckle is standard for both models. The anti-reflective sapphire crystal allows an unimpeded view into the intricacies of this beautifully skeletonised movement revealing rhodium-plated bridges and plates, blued screws, polished and angled parts as well as allowing the dominant barrel to unwittingly take centre stage.

Technical details

Model: Split-Second Chronograph “Louis-Frédéric”
Semi-skeletonized and limited edition to 77 pieces

Automatic P-241
Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor
Power Reserve: 46 hours
Vibrations per hour: 28’800 (4Hz)
Rubies: 25

Reference 1A1827/1

Case diameter: 43.5mm
Case material: Middle part 18 carats white gold combined with bezel and back in contrasting 18 carat rose gold (4N)
Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Dial: Open-worked black
Strap: Natural black rubber strap
Steel deployment buckle with solid 18 carats rose gold cap
Edition: Limited and numbered to 50 pieces

Reference A1827/2

Case diameter: 43.5mm
Case material: White gold 18 carats
Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Dial: Open-worked blue
Strap: Natural black rubber strap
Steel deployment buckle with solid 18 carats white gold cap
Edition: Limited and numbered to 27 pieces

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