If Transylvania is greatest generally known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires, the story of the timepiece we’re reviewing at present is expounded to a watchmaker, Eugen Hintz (1869-1962), who had settled his boutique/workshop within the Transylvanian metropolis of Fagaras. The Peren Hintz is a tribute to a pocket watch that was produced for him by the Swiss producer Wyler within the interwar interval. Again then, it was frequent to see the title of the retailer who ordered a watch and offered it in his store featured on its case, on its motion, or on its dial. Andy Bica-Popi, the founding father of Peren watches, grew up in Fagaras. To rejoice the microbrand’s fifth anniversary, he had the concept to provide a nod to that Wyler/Hintz pocket watch by releasing an old school wristwatch with a twist. His direct to buyer method permits him to supply it at a fraction of the worth of comparable merchandise. Let’s take a more in-depth look.
Classic-inspired watches are all the trend today – on this respect, the Peren Hintz pocket watch inspiration is straight away clear. Its easy case, numerals, and dial texture all contribute to this sense and add as much as a wholly pleasing watch.
Offered in 316L chrome steel with brushed and polished surfaces, the mannequin measures in at a wearable 42.5mm x 11.20mm. The bezel is nearly non-existent and the watch is nearly all dial. The latter is off-white, easy, and chic, with giant Arabic numerals and a minute observe spanning the outer perimeter. Burgundy and orange accents carry an authentic twist. To finish the classic look, the watch has lengthy and skinny fingers. Along with the anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal, these present wonderful legibility.
If the Peren Hintz primarily stands out with utilitarian aesthetics, it does include an authentic function. Being a tribute to Transylvania, the 6 o’clock second hand is changed by an aluminum rotating disk impressed by the “Andesite Solar,” a big carved round photo voltaic disk from the Carpathian Sarmizegetusa Regia web site, a sacred Dacian heart. In case you wouldn’t be a fan of that authentic element, Peren additionally gives a extra conventional model of the watch fitted with a daily small second hand.
Flip the watch over and the exhibition case again gives an unimpeded view on the hand-wound ETA Unitas 6498-1 (the sibling of the Unitas 6497 with the small second indicator positioned at 6 o’clock). I’ve all the time been a fan of this tried-and-tested pocket watch sized motion. And winding it’s all the time a pleasure… Ticking at a gradual 18,000 vibrations/hour, it offers 50 hours of energy reserve when totally wound. It’s supplied in two completely different executions by Peren: customary or élaboré, the primary distinction being the precision and the ornament of every model. The watch we had for evaluation was fitted with the élaboré model, with its Geneva stripes ornament.
The Peren Hintz is offered on a pleasant brown calf leather-based strap fitted with a metal pin buckle. It’s nice and wears as comfortably as you possibly can count on for a 42.5mm watch, the curved lugs and smooth leather-based strap contributing in full. The big knurled crown is simple to wind and pull to set the time. Regardless of the old-fashioned appears to be like, the watch has fairly some presence on the wrist with its giant dial opening, distinctive fingers and numerals, and authentic particulars.
Total, the Peren Hintz does a great job of marrying classic and fashionable aesthetics. It left me with a great impression for a watch that’s now supplied at CHF 596 – and even CHF 496 for the model fitted with the usual execution of the Unitas 6498 motion – delivering wonderful worth as compared with most watches with comparable specs. These are pre-order costs that may quickly be adjusted to CHF 888 and CHF 788 respectively (as quickly as the primary batch of watches is totally delivered).
The Peren Hintz is obtainable via the model’s web site. For extra data, please go to perenwatches.com.