We are accustomed to Perrelet’s watches being a bit different, such as the models with a dialside turbine, or the double rotor that also enlivens the dial. The Perrelet Weekend on the other hand is a classic watch, an everyday timepiece that could easily be a dress watch in the simplest versions. Circular case, baton hour markers and hands, leather or steel straps. It comes in three basic versions, three-hand, open-heart, and GMT.
They all have a stainless steel case, with optional rose gold PVD coating. The watches are 39 mm in diameter and 9.56 mm thick. The caseback is in mineral glass, and the case has a water resistance of 5 atm, 50 metres. While this is not enough for swimming, it’s better than the standard 30 metres. The strap is in leather with printed alligator finish, and has a pin buckle with Perrelet logo. A steel bracelet is also available.
Perrelet Weekend 3 Hands
The 3 Hands version has dials available in silver, white, black and charcoal grey. The movement is the self-winding Perrelet P-321-2-H, which Perrelet can call in-house because it is made by Soprod, part of the Festina group to which Perrelet belongs. It runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour, 3 Hertz, and has a power reserve of 72 hours, enough to keep the watch going during the weekend if you leave it at home and put on something sportier such as the brand’s Perrelet Turbine Chrono Sport. Perhaps that’s why they called it Weekend?
Perrelet Weekend Open Heart
This watch has an opening on the dial, centred on the balance. I think that this appeals to some people, to be able to see the mechanical heart beating inside the timepiece. It’s a matter of personal preference. The window is slightly offset from centre: I suppose that Perrelet are using a standardized Soprod movement here and so the position of the balance can’t be moved because the crown needs to be at 3 o’clock. The movement of these pieces is the Perrelet P-391-2-H, without date window, 72 hours power reserve.
Perrelet Weekend GMT
A central blue hand has a skeletonized triangular tip that shows the second time zone on a scale right at the outside of the dial. This is very subtle, and it doesn’t disturb the watch’s classical aesthetics. It is powered by the Perrelet P-401-2-H, self-winding, 72 hours power reserve, 21,600 vph/3 Hertz. Again, a movement made by Soprod.
Considering that this is a Swiss-made watch, the prices are attractive. The Perrelet Weekend 3 Hands starts at €1,180 with leather strap, €1,280 with stainless steel bracelet. The version with gold PVD-coated case costs €1,380 with leather strap.
The Perrelet Weekend Open Heart in steel costs €1,480, in PVD-coated steel €1,680.
The Perrelet Weekend GMT with steel case costs €1,680, in gold PVD-coated case €1,880.
The watches are available from September 2017. More details from the Perrelet website.