Born in 1777
Origin Switzerland
Prices from £1,600
Famous for  The inventors of the automatic watch are still going strong

As a teenage scientist Abraham-Louis Perrelet liked experimenting – and in 1777 he founded the automatic self-winding movement – and to this day no one has found a better way of animating mechanical calibres.

Today Perrelet offers a contemporary take on a traditional craft, and it’s formal and sports watches have many fans in the horological world.  The House has several collections with Classic and Double Rotor being the key ones; there are also Chronograph, Moon Phase, Regulator Retrograde and Tourbillon models (see the Turbine XS Steel with 286 diamonds and Satin Strap above). For its iconic, patented double-rotor movement, the traditional rotor is accompanied by another rotor that is permanently visible in the centre dial. These perfectly synchronised components ensure enhanced winding performance while enabling the wearer to admire and keep track of their constant oscillations.

Did You Know? It’s a family affair.  Perrelet’s great-grandson inherited his watchmaking genius and went on to create timepieces for three French kings and was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honour for his craft.

Brand Friends: Sports – international footballer Christian Karembeu.  The arts – actors Jamie Foxx, Paul Sorvino and LL Cool J.

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