Sponsored: Striving for Innovation and Value, Mancheront Debuts its Sports-Ready Pacer


True innovation in the sub-$1,000 price range for mechanical watches – in particular for sports-focused ones – is a rare feat. That is, of course, unless you are Sydney-based Mancheront, a new watch brand making its global debut with a modern timepiece that works to perfectly pair useful and novel design with robust, value-driven watchmaking.

True innovation in the sub-$1,000 price range for mechanical watches – in particular for sports-focused ones – is a rare feat. That is, of course, unless you are Sydney-based Mancheront, a new watch brand making its global debut with a modern timepiece that works to perfectly pair useful and novel design with robust, value-driven watchmaking.

The Case

Taking a look at the new Pacer, you will find a 39.5mm diameter by 13.6mm thickness featuring sharp almost squared lugs, polish-accented crown guards and a matching, deeply-grooved crown. All that in addition to a brushed finish outlook.

While distinct in its own right, the case stands out among the crowd with its unique bi-directional bezel, which brings its total diameter to 41mm. The bezel’s toothing is conceived in Mancheront’s signature Wreath design which can only be achieved in manufacturing via milling rather than stamping – the more common, less expensive, and less intricate method.

Apart from its unique toothing, the Wreath bezel also features a Pulsometer Bezel Insert. This innovative application of the pulsometer scale enables the user to have the function of a pulsometer without paying the price of a movement with a stopwatch function in a mechanical chronograph. This in-turn allows Mancheront to pass savings to the customers with an additional pulsometer function. To use the pulsometer is easy – the user can simply turn the bezel to the current seconds hand position and begin counting heart beats (using the seconds hand as a stopwatch counter).

The Wreath and the Pulsometer Bezel Insert design comprise two of the Pacer’s four held design patents across 28 major countries. The other two are the unique Petals case back and dial configuration. The Petals case back is a novel design featuring a set of hexadic grooves that decreases contact area of the watch to one’s wrist and increases ventilation for a comfortable wear, day in and day out.

The Dial

The design patented dial features a highly legible black-on-white colorway with plenty of functionality and Super-LumiNova accenting. A power reserve indicator tops the configuration, a contrasting date window rests at the 3 o’clock, while a 24-hour display features towards the 6 o’clock position with a subtle Mancheront logo that echoes its utilitarian outlook.

The style of the dial is particularly sporty, speaking further to the watch’s purpose as an everyday tool watch. Combine the quick-reading look with the Pacer’s tough case with 100m water resistance, and you will find a watch equipped to face anything.

The Movement, Manufacturing, and Finishing

Conventionally, with most microbrand’s debut, the Sellita SW-200 movement is often the cliché choice. In bold contrast, Mancheront opted for the Citizen Miyota 9132 movement for the Pacer as the display of the power reserve is more coherent to the timepiece’s sports watch sensibility. Not to mention that it is also reliable, robust, and capable of 40-hour power reserve (visible via the dial-side), making the Pacer a very strong value proposition.

Importantly, while Mancheront has made significant efforts to keep its final retail price just below the $1,000 USD mark, it is worth noting that they are accomplishing this with smart innovations, high-quality finishing, and manufacturing that is difficult to match at this price point. Part of the reason is because they are partnering with some of the same people that provide for the big brands within the Swiss watchmaking industry. This allows Mancheront to maintain its manufacturing tolerances within +/-0.03mm across the whole timepiece via specialized CNC machines, manufacturing know how and stringent quality control. These are finishes and tolerances that are similar to most entry level luxury watches and above.

Pricing and Availability

The new Pacer by Mancheront is currently in the midst of its debut Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which is ongoing now until Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7am CET (1am EST). Production will begin shortly after and delivery expected by October 2022.

Pricing as part of the pre-order campaign begins at $770 AUD (just above $550 USD), with regular retail price at $1,280 AUD (or about $925 USD).


To learn more about the unique Pacer and support its Kickstarter campaign, visit here.


No Responses to “Sponsored: Striving for Innovation and Value, Mancheront Debuts its Sports-Ready Pacer”

Show all responses
  1. Whineboy

    I’m not that impressed by the four design patents. Design patents merely protect the ornamental appearance of an object. In my view as a patent lawyer, they are closer to copyright than utility patents. When companies crow about design patents it means they’re focusing on the appearance of the object, not its construction or technical features.

    Reply
  2. Gerry Dimatos

    What is exactly is the point of this new micro brand ? A Miyota movement belongs to Citizen….. Both Seiko and Citizen have this market more than covered…
    This does not advance watchmaking at all and Miyota may be reliable but it is not by any measure accurate…

    Reply
    • Whineboy

      Agreed. The PR reminds me of an Orient (but not as well done) and nothing else besides the bezel edge design is interesting. Hard pass.

      Reply
Leave a Reply