17 October 2016
A completely new creation, Perrelet’s LAB is an innovative watch, but one that at the same time is rooted in tradition. Because it interprets in an original way the winding rotor (the device that permits the automatic winding of a mechanical watch) invented by Abraham-Louis Perrelet, founder of the manufacturer, back in the 1770s. Usually located on the back, here on the contrary it is set on the dial, on which it bestows a particular animation: clearly visible along one section of the perimeter, in part thanks to its decoration with slanting lines, the oscillating weight turns under a ring of sapphire crystal, onto which the hour markers have been fixed, and catches the eye with its hypnotic motion, induced by every gesture of the arm (and “moving” dials are a distinctive mark of the brand, as numerous models in the catalogue confirm). The overall architecture is very carefully designed: the dial has a multi-level structure, with different finishes that accentuate the impression of depth, even producing a three-dimensional effect; the cushion-shaped case, made of steel (42 mm on a side), with an octagonal satin-brushed bezel; the case middle decorated with conspicuous vertical ribs. The finishes of the automatic caliber, obviously made in-house, are of high quality.