It’s fair to say that we’re saturated with microbrands these days. Some have come and gone with a run of just one or two watches, while others have found success with burgeoning collections. Bangalore Watches and RZE are examples of those that punch above their weight with intriguing models that rival comparable pieces from established brands. Mancheront Watches is a new brand for 2021, and its first piece, the Pacer, is rich in features and includes an always ready pulsometer. The Australian microbrand came out swinging.
Founder Dilon is a successful architect, and his passion for launching a watch brand was five years in the making. Based in Sydney, Mancheront is a blend of two French words, “manche” (sleeve) and “forgeron” (blacksmith). Dilon was undoubtedly busy during those years, with no less than 25 case iterations, 16 dial iterations, 12 bezels and 32 factory visits worldwide to reach a final model.
The Pacer shows a willingness to push beyond the basics, starting with a unique bidirectional bezel. The black stainless steel insert has a white pulsation scale, allowing the wearer to check their heart rate immediately by aligning the triangular mark with the seconds hand. Dials with such a scale require the user to wait for the seconds hand to first reach 12 o’clock. When the hacking seconds hand is aligned with the mark, you count 30 beats and then check where the seconds hand is on the scale. That bezel number shows your beats per minute. Simple, clever and useful for athletes, doctors and more.
At 41mm in diameter, the bezel is slightly larger than the 39.5mm stainless steel case and features a geometrical “wreath” pattern in lieu of more common knurling. It has a bit of a turbine vibe. The case height is 13.6mm, and lug-to-lug is 48mm. There’s a combination of brushed and polished surfaces, and an integrated, partial guard protects the screw-down crown. The caseback is solid but well thought with a series of six machined “petals” that create ventilation between the metal and wrist for comfort. A sapphire crystal with multiple anti-reflective coatings covers the dial, and water resistance is rated at 100 metres. The 20mm oyster-style bracelet is brushed with polished edges and secures with a butterfly clasp and security cap. Four extra links are included in the box for larger wrists.
The matte black dial has three complications – power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock and 24-hour sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Four numerals in 5-hour increments are printed below the power reserve indicator for a more precise gauge. The hands and indices are a contrasting white and coated with C3 Super-LumiNova. It’s a sophisticated dial with a nice balance and offers plenty of features in tandem with the bezel.
Powering the watch is a Miyota 9132 automatic, an affordable and proven workhorse. It has 26 jewels, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 40-hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds, power reserve indicator, quick-set date and 24-hour time.
The Mancheront Pacer is currently on Kickstarter with an Earliest Bird price of AUD 770 or USD 567, which is discounted 40% from the retail price of AUD 1,280 or USD 940. Additional Early Bird tiers include discounts of 35%, 30%, and 25%, and deliveries are expected in October 2022. For more information, please visit the brand’s Kickstarter page and website.
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