Peragine Watch Co. is a young brand out of San Jose, Ca, founded in 2011 by enthusiast Ivan Peragine. Despite being nearly four years old, the brand just released their debut collection in late 2014 after spending several years developing and real-world testing their prototypes. The collection features 4 variations of the Nayroh Grande, a limited edition release of 400 units total.
If the Nayroh Grande feels immediately familiar, that’s because it is. The dial design takes direct cues from Sinn and, by extension, vintage dashboard clocks. I’m a big fan of Sinn’s x56 series–specifically the stylized explorer configuration of the 3, 6, 9, and 12–so naturally I appreciate the aesthetic of the Nayroh Grande, even if it is a bit a derivative. The overall pilot aesthetic is tempered a bit, however, through the use of rectangular hands instead of classic pilot hands. There is also an added chapter ring with a minutes/seconds track, boosting the real estate on the face. The whole thing is capped off with a sapphire crystal.
4 distinct styles mark Peragine’s freshman release. The first two–a black dial and a white dial–are housed in a stainless steel case. The second two–a gray dial and a black dial–are paired with PVD cases. I personally adore the gray dial against the PVD case. It’s a great tonal look for the style, and a bit of a novelty without losing any versatility.
Our readers already know of Worn&Wound’s preference for smaller watches, and the Nayroh Grande, at 47mm with 22mm lugs, is no small watch. At its current size, the watch is unfortunately limited to a very small segment of the market. Shrinking it down to a healthy 40mm, or even a larger but more reasonable 44mm, would work quite well for a number of wrists without sacrificing the desired presence.
At the heart of the Nayroh Grande is the Miyota 9015, a proven workhorse. The watch comes with a solid case back so you won’t be seeing the movement, but it’s no great loss really. The Miyota 9015 isn’t much of a looker, and it would appear mismatched against a 47mm case.
Size aside, the Nayroh Grande is quite the package. For $345 you get a solid-looking watch with a respectable movement and a sapphire crystal, which is in line with some recent startup watch brands, but is significantly less than most comparable micros. Plus, it comes with a few extras–a carrying case, two leather straps, and a cleaning cloth–to sweeten the pot. Peragine seems to be taking a page out of the Halios playbook. After this initial run of 100 pieces per style, the brand is going to retire the Nayroh Grande, presumably replacing it with another watch. You can specify your preferred production number when ordering.
Overall, the Nayroh Grande is an enticing affordable, with the only major caveat being the size. For those you who can comfortably wear a large 47mm watch, it’s a no brainer, especially if you’ve been after the Sinn aesthetic.
The Nayroh Grande can be purchased from Peragine’s E-store.