After pioneering beginnings, followed by a traditional period, Perrelet is now avant-garde – and has successfully fitted into the scene in each century.
Abraham-Louis Perrelet was born in the Le Locle region of Switzerland in 1729. As he was growing up, the young man became deeply interested in watchmaking and made a number of precision instruments.
In 1770, he concentrated on creating a system which would continue to function once set in motion. He thus marked out the route for development of the automatic movement – which he eventually completed in 1777.
His grandson Louis-Frédéric Perrelet was born in 1781 – and inherited the watchmaking genius of his grandfather. When he showed a very early talent for mechanics and mathematics, Abraham-Louis trained him before he left to study with Breguet.
Louis-Frédéric was a talented man, with a passionate interest in astronomy, physics and science; he soon became an independent watchmaker and presented his astronomical watch at the Universal Exposition of 1823. He was to become watchmaker-mechanic to three kings of France.
Over the next five years, Louis-Frédéric Perrelet produced and patented a split-second chronograph for physics and astronomy. This invention earned him a medal from the Academy of Sciences. More honours were to follow – in recognition of his talent and perseverance, he was made Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1834.
Louis, son of Louis-Frédéric Perrelet, took over on the death of his father in 1854 – and also became watchmaker to the kings of France.
The events of the second half of the century – followed by two World Wars in quick succession – inevitably halted Perrelet's progress. It was to be another 160 years before the firm produced a new watch. Perrelet presented the double rotor in 1995. Ever since, it has been ploughing its own creative furrow, regularly presenting new models – in particular thanks to the Festina group, which bought out the Firm in 2004.
After pioneering beginnings, followed by a traditional period, Perrelet is now avant-garde – and has successfully fitted into the scene in each century. In the Perrelet family, passion and the gift of watchmaking are hereditary. Across the generations, the family have left their mark both through their inventions and through their presence in the courts of royalty.
From this unique history, the Maison has successfully distilled the very essence of watchmaking to devise timeless watches that combine art and science – right down to the provocative pieces produced in recent years, including Perrelet's Turbine collections, with their own very special type of audacity.
1729: birth of Abraham-Louis Perrelet
1781: birth of Frédéric-Louis Perrelet
1823: Frédéric Louis Perrelet presents an astronomical watch
1995: creation of the double rotor
2004: the Firm becomes a part of the Festina Group
Double Rotor: The Double Rotor collection highlights this ingenious winding system. In addition to the traditional rotor, there is a rotor constantly visible in the centre of the dial. The two are fully synchronised, providing improved performance – as well as giving the wearer the fun of watching and checking the constant oscillations back and forth.
Diver: This collection marks Perrelet's stunning entrance into the world of deep sea diving. Redolent with a timeless elegance that will appeal to the lovers of all extreme sports.
Chronograph: With both full-back and skeleton versions, Perrelet provides an original take on a contemporary chronograph.
Specialties: This collection includes three types of complication and three different models: retrograde hour display, jumping hour and moon's phase.
Titanium: The collection includes models from the other collections, here featuring a titanium casing.
Classic: This traditional, timeless collection features two very sober models.