Palloncino di Perle and d’Acciaio


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The Palloncino inspiration and concept

For better or worse, our days are ruled by an inflexible reality - there are only 24 hours in a day, and oftentimes it feels that we have 36 hours of tasks to accomplish!

At Isotope, we feel that time should be appreciated rather than blindly followed. Your day should be savoured rather than hurried through. You should be able to float through your day, rather than race madly through it.

The Isotope Palloncino is our way of reminding ourselves that, although we need to be on time and function within our schedules, our days, our time, and our lives should be enjoyed, not worried over.

The Palloncino di Perle (Mother of Pearl balloon) and the Palloncino d’Acciaio (Steel balloon). Savour time.

Technical Specifications

38 mm original stainless steel case

Water resistance up to 50 m / 5 atm

Sapphire crystal (scratch-resistant)

Sandwich dial with central balloon shape in mother-of-pearl, matte or skeleton

Austrian stone at 6 o’clock over white, black or brown sunburst Dial

Index at 6 o’clock over matte grey or blue dial

Isotope hands with Luminova® for night reading

Quick-release leather strap with signed butterfly clasp

Italian mesh bracelet available


Mechanical hand-wound skeleton

Swiss-made quartz movement

Battery life: 25 to 34 months

Float through Time, Savour the Day

Isotope offers a superbly designed dress watch that you can wear and enjoy for years. Its original and independent design includes a beautiful mother-of-pearl balloon central shape in a sunburst, matte or skeleton dial.

This central shape is Isotope’s DNA. It was inspired in our first model, the Isotope Rider Jumping Hour.

Dial Colours

The Palloncino is available with black, white or brown sunburst dials. All feature a balloon-shaped insert in mother-of-pearl and an Austrian stone at 6 o’clock.

The Palloncino is also available in grey, blue or naked balloon (skeleton), with a Swiss quartz movement or a mechanical hand-wound skeleton movement.

Straps and Bracelets

Quick-release straps: Black, brown or white genuine leather strap with signed butterfly clasp.

Italian mesh bracelet is available as an option.

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Ordering from and outside the U.K.

If you’re not based in the U.K. you'll probably need to pay import tax/duty when buying a watch (or any product) from Isotope Watches and other U.K.-based brands

Brexit changed the rules and since the 1st of January 2021, this also includes all countries within the European Community.

Prices within the U.K.

For customers in the U.K., all watches/products are priced including 20% of U.K. VAT.

As an example, if our watch is priced at £1,000, U.K. customers will need to pay £1,200 (£1,000 + £200 (20% VAT)

Prices outside the U.K.

For customers based outside the U.K., all watches/products are priced excluding U.K. VAT.

Your IP address will determine the prices you see on our website, but if for any reason you see prices including U.K. VAT, the prices will be updated at checkout, depending on your shipping address.

Isotope Watches Limited will not charge VAT when exporting, but you will certainly be asked to pay import duty and/or tax/VAT by your customs country.

How to pay for import duty/tax

We ship most of our products/watches via DHL Express. As per customs request, DHL will calculate the duty and taxes and they will collect the payment on behalf of your country's customs.

Neither Isotope Watches Limited nor DHL has control or profit over these costs/taxes.

How much do I need to pay in duty/tax to receive my watch?

It depends on the country you are based in.

Please see the examples below based on a £1,000 watch. These values are only a reference as they vary depending on the watch cost, and they might not be updated.


Within the U.K.

20% tax (GBP 200), is included in the price.

0% duty (GBP 0.00) + 0% DHL's handling fee


European Comunity Countries

Approx. 15%-24% tax (GBP 150 – GBP 240)

0% duty (GBP 0.00) + DHL's handling fee



10% tax (GBP 100)

0% duty (GBP 0.00) + DHL's handling fee



5% tax (GBP 100)

0% duty (GBP 0) + DHL's handling fee



5% tax (GBP 50)

8% duty (GBP 80) + DHL's handling fee



13% Tax (GBP 130)

20% Duty (GBP 200) + DHL's handling fee



10% tax (GBP 100)

5% duty (GBP 50) + DHL's handling fee


South Africa

15% Tax (GBP 150)

0% Duty (GBP 0) + DHL's handling fee


United Arab Emirates

5% tax (GBP 50)

5% duty (GBP 50) + DHL's handling fee


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