Swiss-based Perrelet this week uncovers its first wholly in-house automatic movement, Alternance 10 (A10) caliber, which will power its latest model, the Peripheral Double Rotor.
“The A10 movement represents a milestone achievement for us; we are well on the way towards complete independence” says company CEO Fausto Salvi. “Today more than ever, having in house means of developing and producing horological specialties represents a great opportunity. Production autonomy is an extremely important issue and an aspect that enables us to remain in the avant-garde of our field.”
Spanish entrepreneur Miguel Rodriguez, owner of The Festina Group, purchased Perrelet in 2004. It’s with the Group’s industrial infrastructure (through relationships with sister companies such as Soprod, IMM Ineltec, MHVJ and Astral) that Perrelet has access to the components and knowledge to make automatic movements.
The A10 caliber, produced entirely within The Festina Group, features:
–A new escapement featuring optimized efficiency and balance spring.
—An automatic 11 ½”’ movement, beating at 28,800 vph. Robust and reliable it has earned Chronofiable* certification and which may, on request, also benefit from COSC chronometer certification.
—Several variations – three hands plus date, three hands with visible balance, along with skeletonized models.
—A broad range of additional functions which to date includes Large Dates, Dual Time-Zone with day-night indicator, Power Reserve, 24-hour indicator, Chronograph and Small Seconds.
—The A10 also incorporates custom-made complications and in particular Perrelet’s signature Double Rotor modules.
Alternance 10 will equip all the new models launched in 2012, and will in due course replace all the other calibers used by the House.