History of Perrelet

Perrelet Watches was founded in 1777 by Abraham-Louis Perrelet in Le Locle, Switzerland. Perrelet was fascinated by the idea of perpetual motion and was keen to design a system that would allow a mechanical watch to function indefinitely. Though he never achieved perpetual motion, he did invent the first automatic watch, using an oscillating weight to wind the watch (a system which is still in use today). His son, Louis-Frédéric Perrelet, went on to continue his legacy and he became watchmaker-mechanic to three French kings.

Perrelet Turbine Rat
Perrelet Turbine Rat

Five interesting facts about Perrelet

1 – The first double rotor

Perrelet introduced the first double rotor watch in 1995.

2 – Fast and Furious feature

Perrelet is worn by actor Sung Kang, from the Fast and the Furious series, as well as MMA fighter Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton.

3 – Bollywood

The brand was featured prominently in the Bollywood hit Rustom, directed by Tinu Suresh Desai.

4 – Founded in Le Locle

Perrelet was founded in Le Locle, Switzerland and is now based in the famous Swiss watchmaking town of Bienne (also known as Biel).

5 – The Turbine

One of Perrelet’s best-selling collections is the Turbine, which has a full spinning rotor on the front of the watch, as well as a rotor on the back. It is available in time-only, chronograph, skeleton, pilot and tourbillon versions.

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