1729: Birth of watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet
2004: Acquisition of the brand by the Festina group
Abraham-Louis Perrelet was one of the first watchmakers of significance in the Neuchâtel mountains. Born in 1729 in Le Locle, his gift for watchmaking was evident from a young age, and he would ply his trade with great talent until late in life. Several archive documents of various provenances credit him with the making of the first watches "to wind themselves", and for this reason Abraham-Louis Perrelet is considered to be the inventor of the self-winding movement. Heir to his grandfather's genius, Louis-Frédéric Perrelet, born 1781, was appointed watchmaker to the King of France.
Two centuries later, the Perrelet name has become a brand which in 1995 launched an innovative collection of watches. Named Turbine, its movements feature a double rotor that is visible from both the front and back of the watch. Now synonymous with the Perrelet name, the Turbine is at the core of a catalogue whose premise is originality and quality. From 2004 the brand continued its development as part of the Festina watch group. Alongside the Turbine collection, with versions for men and women, Perrelet implements a distinctive vision of watch design. Leaf-shaped hands have become a distinguishing feature of its women's timepieces, while its watches for men are defined by a clearly masculine style and the seamless incorporation of strap and case.