Whilst you won’t have been paying consideration, watch model Cecil Purnell has had some severe inside adjustments and has rebranded to be simply “Purnell.” In the meanwhile, aBlogtoWatch goes to maintain the 2 manufacturers beneath the identical label, however you will need to make it clear that Cecil Purnell and Purnell are distinct from one another. What has remained, nonetheless, is that Purnell is a “tourbillon-only” model, that means that its timepiece merchandise are designed to, on the very least, embrace one tourbillon. The Purnell Escape II watches really embrace double spherical tourbillons. Immediately we go hands-on with two variations of the Purnell Escape II watches.
The watches on this article embrace the Purnell Escape II Black Gold and in addition the Escape II Rose Gold Rainbow. My understanding is that even the black-colored segments of the “Black Gold” case are PVD-coated gold, so each of the watches right here have 18k rose gold circumstances. Purnell additionally makes the Escape II in both a 44mm- or 48mm-wide case dimension (waterproof to 30 meters), and I imagine these are each the 48mm-wide fashions. They’re huge watches, to make certain, however carrying consolation is definitely fairly excessive, and these are speculated to be “assertion watches” if nothing else.
A lot of the enchantment of this product is the caliber P03 motion, which is unique to Purnell and fairly cool, really. One actually must see this product in motion to understand it given how the twin tourbillon techniques are designed to work. The motion contains two “Spherion” tourbillons that sit adjoining to one another on the underside of the dial. Every Spherion is a spherically formed tourbillon meeting that rotates on not one, however three axis factors. Extra so, the Spherions are designed in order that the tourbillon spinning instructions transfer at completely different charges. Accordingly, the innermost tourbillon cage spins as soon as every eight seconds, adopted by the center cage, which spins as soon as every 16 seconds, after which lastly an outer tourbillon cage that spins as soon as every 30 seconds. To place issues into perspective, most single-axis tourbillons make one full rotation every 60 seconds. Meaning the Spherions are designed to not solely function plenty of animated motion, however fast animation for a enjoyable viewing expertise.
All of this comes at the price of energy effectivity. The one approach this technique works is with the inclusion of 4 complete mainspring barrels. Two of the barrels embrace two springs, which signifies that the Escape II motion contains six complete mainspring barrels. You’ll be able to see two of the mainspring barrels (the opposite two are stacked beneath them) on the dial within the house reverse the spinning Spherions. The manually wound motion is extraordinarily power-hungry and, regardless of all the facility obtainable within the motion, the absolutely wound motion solely offers 32 hours of energy reserve. Good factor the time solely (with tourbillons) dial additionally contains a small energy reserve indicator hand situated at roughly the 9 o’clock place on the face.
Who’s answerable for this attention-grabbing motion? Grasp of the gyro-tourbillon himself, Mr. Eric Coudray. His work is greatest identified for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon watches, in addition to some merchandise from Cabestan. All of this expertise noticed Eric creating a number of axis tourbillons that spin round one another. So, that makes him the best candidate to each think about and assemble one thing as seemingly difficult to assemble because the actions within the Purnell Escape II. (The Purnell Escape One is kind of the identical watch however with one, and never two “Spherions.”)
The watch face itself is usually made up of the skeletonized P03 motion, which has a gap close to the underside permitting you to see by the watch and a smaller dial to point the time positioned at 12 o’clock. Legibility remains to be fairly good on condition that the precise dial features a sapphire crystal with hour markers utilized on it, in addition to comparatively easy-to-read arms.
Between the 2 fashions pictured right here, you possibly can see how Purnell can have some enjoyable with the Escape II product when evaluating the Black Gold with the Rose Gold Rainbow fashions. The Black Gold mixes rose gold and black colours for a principally masculine, sporty look that emphasizes the watch’s predominant strains and technical componentry. Alternatively, the Escape II Rose Gold Rainbow is one other story because it options 1.04 carats of rainbow-colored assorted facet-cut valuable stones because the hour markers, together with extra rainbow-colored stones really set within the spherical tourbillon case itself (that’s not one thing you see on a regular basis, for certain).
For seeing the motion and spinning Spherion tourbillons extra simply, the Escape II case has facet home windows in sapphire crystal to assist full a extra dynamic view of what’s contained in the watch itself. The product as a complete is supposed to be a comfortable-wearing body for the visible fascination inside. All the presentation can be trendy and sporty, versus basic and subdued. Options like a rubber ring across the crown emphasize ergonomics and practicality extra so than excessive design. That mentioned, the general composition is fairly cool in a gear-head type of approach. Not that I’m in Purnell pricing territory, but when I had the means, this is able to be a really cool watch to put on with an considerable area of interest enchantment and actual horological benefit. Worth for the Purnell Escape II Black Gold watch is 450,000 Swiss Francs, and worth for the 18k Rose Gold Rainbow is 475,000 Swiss Francs (with diamonds on the case; not photographed) is 1,200,000 Swiss Francs). Be taught extra on the Purnell watches web site right here.