We looked at Peren’s Nera Rogue diver last year and were impressed with its unique design and minimalist approach. It was inspired by a very rare 1960s Blancpain diver produced under an alias, Tornek Rayville. The “Tornek Rayville TR-900” was made for the US Navy Seals, and Blancpain used the alias to bend the rules that favoured domestic production for military use. Peren reimagined the design with its own flavour blended in, and the latest Nera Rogue BW is a stealthy version with a contemporary vibe. It’s an under-the-radar piece for sure and very different from the more conventional yet equally impressive Peren Hintz.
The stainless steel case is again 39mm in diameter and 12.8mm in height (lug-to-lug 48.8mm), which is a truly universal size. It has three finishes – bead blasted, circular brushed and hand polished. The bead-blasted caseback is individually numbered, while a flat AR sapphire crystal protects the dial. A big change from last year is the unidirectional rotating bezel, which removes all markings except for the 12 o’clock triangle. Well, almost removes them as dark engravings take their place. This is a bit of form over function from a diver’s standpoint, but it does look slick. The bezel insert is stainless steel with a layer of titanium nitride, while the outer conical bezel is black PVD plated with Peren’s tight knurling. The signed, oversized crown screws down and water-resistance is rated at 200 metres. The lugs integrate well with a three-link steel bracelet or a variety of straps, including fabric NATO, vegan silicone and waterproof Hightech Material Dynamic.
The dial is matte black with bold white indices coated in Super-LumiNova BGW9 and a simple minute track. The Wwhite hour and minute hands have BGW9 as well, as does the tip of the seconds hand. Dial text is predictably minimal, with the brand’s logo – vampire fangs – at the top, very fitting for a watch brand in Transylvania. A colour-matching date window sits at 3 o’clock and doesn’t interrupt the adjacent index. An angled flange surrounds the outermost perimeter, and the indices just cut into the inner wall; nice attention to detail.
Powering the Nera Rogue BW Edition is the well-proven Sellita SW200-1, which is an ETA 2824 alternative. It has 26 jewels and beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds and date. Although outsourced, Peren regulates the movements in-house.
The Nera Rogue BW Edition is limited to only 100 pieces, and all are individually numbered. Prices are very reasonable at CHF 595 with the strap options and CHF 665 with the steel bracelet. For more information and to place an order, please visit Peren’s website.