News February 2009

Perrelet rewrites watch making history with the launch of its special, split-second Chronograph as homage to the “savoir faire” of Louis-Frédéric Perrelet.

Split-second Chronograph “Louis-Frédéric”

Semi-skeletonized and limited edition to 77 pieces

The Watch Quote™ - February 10th, 2009

The Perrelet Split-second Chronoph “Louis-Frédéric”

Grandson of the eminent Abraham-Louis Perrelet, Louis-Frédéric (1781–1854) underwent his first years of formation under the watchful, yet benevolent eyes of his grand-father in Le Locle. After reaching adulthood, he chose to quit the harsh mountain climate for the excitement that Paris had to offer. There, he is known to have worked for the famous Abraham-Louis Breguet, most probably by a contact established by his grandfather. This stage evidently helped to sharpen Louis-Frédéric’s skills to the extent that he soon was granted access to the royal court. On his merits he served no fewer than three French kings as official Royal watchmaker. He equally gained fame by many an exhibition culminating in winning 4 gold medals for outstanding horological work. In 1827, he deposited a patent application for a new invention, the chronograph split-second mechanism. His patent was officially registered in his name on March 11, 1828. This invention led the “Academie de Sciences” in Paris to award him with another gold medal a few years later. The transcripts at the Academy were recorded as follows:

The chronograph split-second mechanism registered by Louis-Frédéric Perrelet on March 11, 1828

“Monsieur Perrelet is now accepted among the distinguished ranks of watchmakers of the highest order by virtue of his craftsmanship and experience… in all his works, you will find a good disposition and perfect execution illustrating the able artist’s hands to which we owe the invention of the counter with double stop.”

Driven by the same passion, Perrelet’s engineers have conceived a series of new timepieces by reinterpreting this complication with the possibilities offered by today’s technology.
The 1st series is limited and numbered to 50 pieces in a combination of 18 carat white and rose gold with a black skeletonised dial. The second series limited to 27 pieces in 18 carat white gold only, features a blue, skeletonised dial. Both editions feature Perrelet’s automatic, semi-skeletonised calibre P-241. Central hour and minute hands work in perfect harmony with the seconds and date being displayed by rotating glass disks. Another two disks serve to display the chronograph totalisers, all of which produce a highly innovative and aesthetically appealing look to the watch. The contemporary design is enhanced by using a natural rubber straps which has been embossed with the Perrelet Logo. A gold deployment buckle is standard for both models.

The anti-reflective sapphire crystal allows an unimpeded view into the intricacies of this beautifully skeletonised movement revealing rhodium-plated bridges and plates, blued screws, polished and angled parts as well as allowing the dominant barrel to unwittingly take centre stage. The entirety of the watchmaking masterpiece provides the connoisseur with a fascinating voyage for the eye that would have surely also appealed to Louis-Frédéric.

The Louis-Frédéric limited Split-Second Chronograph is immediately available at official Perrelet retailers throughout the world.

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Perrelet Split-second Chronoph “Louis-Frédéric”

Ref.: A1827/1 - Middle part white gold
combined with bezel and back in rose gold


The Perrelet Split-second Chronoph “Louis-Frédéric” watch
Middle part white gold combined with bezel and back in rose gold - Ref.: A1827/1


Référence:A1827/1
Movement:Automatic P-241
Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor
Power reserve:46 hours
Vibrations per hour:28’800 (4Hz)
Rubies:25
Case:Ø 43.5mm
Case material:Middle part 18 carats white gold combined with bezel and back in contrasting 18 carat rose gold (4N)
Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
Water resistance:5 ATM
Dial:Open-worked black
Strap:Natural black rubber strap
Steel deployment buckle with solid 18 carats rose gold cap
Limited edition:50 pieces

Perrelet Split-second Chronoph “Louis-Frédéric”

Ref.: A1827/2 - white gold


The Perrelet Split-second Chronograph “Louis-Frédéric” - white goldc - Ref.: A1827/2


Référence:A1827/2
Movement:Automatic P-241
Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor
Power Reserve:46 hours
Vibrations per hour:28’800 (4Hz)
Rubies:25
Case:Ø 43.5mm
Case material:White gold 18 carats
Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
Water resistance:5 ATM
Dial:Open-worked blue
Strap:Natural black rubber strap
Steel deployment buckle with solid 18 carats white gold cap
Edition limited:numbered to 27 pieces

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