With the world reeling under waves of despair, here is some hope that brings light, the Charity Timepiece Auction, ‘Only Hope’. Under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the leadership of its founder and organizer Luc Pettavino, the 9th edition of the charity timepiece auction ‘Only Watch’ to help research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, will take place on November 6th under the hammer of Christie’s – at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. ‘Only Watch’ is a stellar driving force for hope toward finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. With EE’s special series of ‘Weekly Watch’ dedicated to ‘Only Hope’ timepieces, Priyanka Sippy selects Perrelet’s exceptional timepiece as the first.
Perrelet, the prestigious Swiss watch making house with origins dating back to 1777, joins in the charity timepiece auction Only Watch. “Hope” is the leitmotif of this unique piece created by Perrelet to support this outstanding initiative.
Especially conceived for ‘Only Watch’, the Turbine Hope flaunts an innovative case with a stainless-steel bezel with black PVD coating and a central body made of polycarbonate and carbon fiber, used by Perrelet for the first time. The advantageous properties of carbon fibre include its thermal insulation capacity and its resistance to chemical agents and temperature changes. Additionally, it is beautifully light and comfortable on the wrist. The case, 44 mm in diameter and 13.82 mm in thickness, has a sporty look with a refined aesthetic appeal thanks to the flat, smooth bezel and the fluted case band – a signature feature of the brand.
Looking carefully at the case back, the ring in black PVD stainless steel surrounding the sapphire crystal matches the same decorative grooves featured on the sides of the case. The convex channels are lined up at precisely the same position as the concave channels on the case. Perrelet is celebrated for its unique representation of the automatic movement thanks to its patented Double Rotor and Turbine technology. The famous 12-blade dial, a distinctive design code of all Perrelet’s Turbine models, is protected under a sapphire glass. The original 3D effect created by the blades gives the impression of diving into the core of the dial. The propeller, picked out in black anodized aluminum with five tungsten counterweights, rotates in time to the motions of the wrist. As the blades spin, a lower sub-dial reveals a medley of positive words: hope, love, support, volunteer, life, social, community. The word ‘Hope’, highlighted in bright orange, is the dial’s central character and features an original letter “O” formed by a fluffy white cloud with a rainbow. This design was inspired by paintings by Italian children at the beginning of the pandemic in Italy and is a powerful symbol of hope that all will be right and a mark of gratitude to the ongoing progress of medical and scientific research towards victory over the virus. The Arabic numerals on the flange and the hours and minutes hands are covered with white Super-LumiNova for optimal legibility in any light. As a final touch of enhancement, the words printed on the sub-dial are luminescent with green light emission. The central seconds hand and the indices are picked out in orange to match the word ‘Hope’.
Turbine Hope is powered by the new generation in-house automatic calibre P-331- MH. Chronometer-certified by COSC and Chronofiable, it beats at 28,800vph and has a 42-hour power reserve.
The transparent porthole on the case back offers a view of the refined finishes on the bridges and its elegant open-worked oscillating weight, which is mounted on ball bearings and personalized with the House logo. The crystal case-back displays the transferred logo “Only Watch 2021” and the inscription ‘Unique Piece’ Turbine Hope comes with a customized bi-material orange strap made of rubber and water-resistant calf leather with black stitching, fitted with a folding clap in black PVD stainless steel and embellished with the Perrelet logo. The timepiece is also equipped with an additional and comfortable orange strap in rubber and fabric for a more casual look.
Here’s to Hope!