Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 25, 2020 marking the start of the year of the rat. The Chinese Zodiac, also known as Sheng Xiao, is represented by 12 animals. The first animal in the zodiac is the “Rat”, a symbol of wealth and surplus. Those born under the influence of this sign of the rat are natural leaders, highly intelligent and ambitious.
As in previous years, Perrelet celebrates the Chinese New Year with a timepiece from its Turbine collection dedicated to the zodiac animal of 2020.
Thanks to the high degree of industrial expertise at Perrelet and the total autonomy of production, the team of watchmakers and designers of the Manufacture enjoy full creative freedom when proposing new timepieces. Original ideas, technical innovations and aesthetic details can be expressed freely and converted into reality.
“Turbine Rat” is the result of this process and is characterised by Perrelet’s iconic Turbine Technology, which was introduced to the market just ten years ago. Since then, it has become one of the undisputed symbols of the brand along with the Double Rotor.
Housed in a 44mm steel case treated with black PVD and water-resistance of 50m, “Turbine Rat” features an intriguing dial. Protected by a sapphire crystal, the animated dial is as eye-catching as it is hypnotising.
One of the most distinctive features of this new model is the Turbine. The blades, made from anodised aluminium, are engraved with the 12 animals of the Chinese horoscope along with their respective Chinese ideogram. As the star of 2020, the rat is highlighted on the blade at 3 o’clock in an intense shade of red.
The fascinating aspect of the Turbine is its spontaneous rotation. The five tungsten counterweights applied under the blades of the turbine –which have to be perfectly balanced during assembly – allow even the slightest movement of the wrist to set the Turbine in motion.
While the Turbine completes its rotations, another image of a stylised golden rat appears on the lower dial against a bright red background.
The hours, minutes and seconds are placed on the black flange. The Arabic numerals at 15-minute intervals and the hour markers are treated with black Super-LumiNova as are the hour and minute hands. In keeping with the colour scheme of the dial, the central seconds hand is also red.
“Turbine Rat” is equipped with calibre P-331, an automatic in-house movement providing 42 hours of autonomy. The sapphire crystal caseback allows a view of the movement with its bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève.
The timepiece comes with a black rubber strap embellished with the brand’s logo and a folding buckle in black PVD-coated steel. This new creation is limited to 100 pieces.
Model: Perrelet Turbine Rat Limited Edition, Ref. A1097/3
Perrelet manufacture mechanical self-winding movement, calibre P-331
Vibrations per hour: 28,800 (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42 hours
“Côtes de Genève” decorated bridges
Round, in 3 parts, stainless steel, black PVD coating, integrated crown at 3 o’clock
Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Water resistance up to 5 ATM
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal case-back
Individual serial number of the limited edition engraved on the case-back (XX/100)
Turbine with 12 black anodized aluminum blades with the signs of the Zodiac engraved on each blade.
5 tungsten counterpoises positioned under the blades.
Figure of the Rat and its Chinese ideogram engraved in red on the 3 o’clock blade.
Red sub-dial with the figure of the Rat printed in gold.
Black flange with indication of hours and minutes in black Arabic numerals, at intervals of 15, covered with SuperLuminova.
Black central hours and minutes hands covered with black SuperLuminova and red central seconds hand
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass
Hours, minutes, seconds
In rubber with black PVD treated steel folding clasp and Perrelet logo
Limited edition of 100 timepieces, each engraved with the individual serial number