A month ago I talked about possibly bringing back an old model, the Peregrine. This updated version would resolve many of the quirks of the original. It is still in the design stage but I wanted to share with you a few 2D renders to get some feedback.
The first thing you’ll probably notice is the crown on the left. This wasn’t just a random design decision (cough, Rolex GMT Master II, cough), but necessary to bring the power reserve indicator (PRI) of the Miyota 9132 down to the 6h position. The PRI is then neatly and subtly shown as a hand instead of a disk. This will drastically reduce the height of the watch and also make it more reliable.
Above the PRI is a feature missing from the V1 Peregrine, the date complication. No more ghost date! We’ll have to do a custom date ring to be able to get it in this position, most likely a luminous date as we did on the Tugela.
To balance the dial design, there will now be a ’12’ in Arabic on what I am calling ‘version A’ of the Peregrine. This dial will have most of the same design elements seen on the original Peregrine.
Due to popular demand and to align with our current design language, I have added a ‘version B’ dial. This dial will have the triangle dots symbol at 12h, and Arabics for each hour in the same font seen on the Aoraki and Kruger. You could say that this ‘version B’ is a larger version of the Aoraki ‘Flieger’, except that the second hand is in the middle, it has a date and PRI, and will have small square applied hour indices on the outer track.
To keep things simple, we will only offer the two designs in black, and in two finishes – matte and sunburst black. I might do a stretch goal with a fully lumed dial and black paint-filled indices. Keen to hear your thoughts on this and whether there is a demand for it.
- Brush-finished 42mm case. Thickness TBC
- Flat sapphire with inner and outer AR coating
- Brush-finished applied indices and handset
- 22mm olive sailcloth strap with Draken buckle. No bracelet option at this stage.
One more detail I need to mention is the case back. Initially, I talked about doing a Faraday cage for anti-magnetism, meaning a solid case back. A Faraday cage would require a dial 0.8mm thick (0.4mm soft iron below the top dial). However, I want to keep the dial as thin as possible to minimise occlusion of the date (deep-set date = shadow).
For this reason, I have decided to not go down the Faraday cage route and instead do an exhibition case back. This will also make the case thinner, potentially under 12mm, and align with the V1 Peregrine which also had an exhibition case back. We are reviwing options for a decorated rotor.
I’m pretty excited about this design. There are a lot of great features packed in that will make it a very useful and interesting pilot-style watch.
Keen to hear your thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment below.