Swiss watchmaker Peren is going rogue this year. As such, there is reason to believe that something big could happen along the way. The brand’s relative timing cycle ended this year with the introduction of the Nera Rogue. The “time is relative” approach started gradually with the SOD moon phase indicator where the displayed lunation corresponds to 29.5 days instead of 29.53 days.
It then continued with the rotating diving bezel of the Nera. This does not have a start point marker to read the elapsed time. Finally, the cycle ended with the rotating disc of the Hintz watch which does not have separate indication markers.
A Remarkable Tribute
The Nera Rogue is a time-tested version of the rarer dive watch and you can use it as such. It is inspired by Blancpain’s diving watch for the US Navy’s experimental diving unit in the 1960s, the Tornek Rayville TR-900. It was intended for use by divers from the Underwater Demolition Team, a unit that would later become known as the Navy SEAL.
Only about 1,000 pieces were made and most were later destroyed. This was apparently due to the watch’s use of a radioactive element. On the bottom of the case, there is a radioactivity warning sign followed by the instruction: “If found, return to the nearest military facility.” Only 30 watches or less still exist today.
Despite the redesign of the TR-900 commemorative watch, the result is a distinct handcrafted Swiss watch with unique characteristics. The fluted taper rotating bezel is a singularity in the watch industry offering supreme grip and handling while the internally regulated automatic movement provides reliability in extreme conditions and up to 200m / 660ft underwater.
The watch case is made of 316L stainless steel with a three tone execution. Sandblasted base with matte and brushed top. The screw-down crown and drilled lugs complete the requirements of the old-fashioned diving watch. Meanwhile, the sapphire crystal boasts three times the AR coating for extreme readability.
Choose your Nera Rouge
The Nera Rogue comes with two bezel options to choose from. The diving watch has a unidirectional rotating bezel with white indexes and Super-LumiNova at 12 o’clock while the explorer’s watch has the same type of rotating bezel but with a GMT function and also Super-LumiNova at 12 o’clock.
The watches are handcrafted in-house and are limited to 300 pieces, individually numbered worldwide. The guys at Peren went the extra mile and managed to put together an unprecedented debriefing platform where you can pin down every aspect of the production process in real time: here.
The Nera Rogue collection is open for pre-orders on the official Peren website for 449 CHF or approximately 355 pounds. The timepiece is expected to ship by November 2021.
Pre-order one now and #gorogue
Images courtesy of Peren