52MM Great Size Panerai PAM00300

Mare Nostrum, the most mysterious and rarest of all Panerai models, for the main characteristics of this impressive chronograph: case, measurements, dial and production processes. The result is a large watch with big historical appeal and big visual impact.

Discovery by Officine Panerai of one of the prototypes, now part of the collections at the Officine Panerai Museum in Florence, enabled creation of a new Mare Nostrum an extraordinary model from a collectors’ point of view, in a single edition of just 99 examples that reproduce the original right down to the smallest detail.

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The replica Mare Nostrum – 52 mm has an impressive brushed case in three parts and measuring 52 mm in diameter, like the original. With very strong lugs, it has a tonneau shape, but looks round due to the wide flat bezel with ridged edge on which, just as on the prototype, a fine circular mark stands out, perhaps due to an unfinished process or a reference mark for a subsequent scale engraving. The screw-down back plate has four grooves to assist unscrewing and this too is in brushed steel, but unlike the original, it features a sapphire crystal window through which the movement can be seen. The cylindrical winding and regulating crown, with the words Mare Nostrum engraved on its ridged edge is of the screw-down type and the pump buttons are cylindrical.

The watch is guaranteed watertight to 3 bar (about 30 metres), a depth that depended on the historical use of the Mare Nostrum. The two reasons for this were that, firstly, the model was designed for use on ships and not underwater and secondly, at that time it was virtually impossible to make the chronographic buttons on a watch totally waterproof for any length of time.

Protected by a 1.6 mm thick anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the dial has a black base and two levels. The outer, upper ring, bears small Arabic numerals, stick hour markers and round minute markers, all coated in luminescent material. The central one level, over a millimetre lower, bears the names of the brand and model and the two subsidiary dials. On the left the small seconds one, on the right the minute counter, set to 45, as was the norm in those days. The considerable gap between replica and authentic PAM00300 are too real to find out.

Panerai Radiomir PAM00384 8 days Ceramica

Produced in only 500 units, the Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica – 45 mm(PAM00384) is part of the Historic Collection, the new Radiomir PAM00384 8 Days Ceramica – 45 mm, presents the combination of a well selected material, ceramic, and a Panerai movement entirely developed and produced in the manufacture in Neuchâtel.

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The Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica – 45 mm has a completely black appearance, both in its ceramic cushion case and its dial with the characteristic sandwich construction, as well as in the buffalo leather strap closed by a titanium buckle with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. The back is also consistent with its appearance, having a smoked sapphire crystal window through which the movement can be seen. All the characteristic elements of the dial – the large figures and hour markers, the hands and the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, the date window and the linear power reserve indicator.
Calibre P.2002The P.2002 hand-wound calibre is the progenitor of the P.2000 series and it takes its name from the year in which the project was launched to supply Panerai watches with movements entirely designed and developed in the Manufacture in Neuchâtel.

Fore replica PAM00384. The moderately decorated movement is visible through a transparent sapphire crystal. The crystal is not clear, but is slightly smoked: a very nice touch, which provides the watch with a certain charm.

The rest of the display is more or less the same. The watch features a matte black layered dial with a small seconds display at 9 o’clock, a small date aperture at 3 o’clock and Panerai’s signature linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.

The watch is delivered on a black buffalo leather strap that sports a huge buckle made of black-coated titanium. Almost no differences from authentic ones.

Bronze Panerai new Special Edition Luminor Submersible

The new Special Edition Luminor Submersible unique, a powerful, fascinating reminder of the sea makes . This professional underwater watch is the development of the model made by Officine Panerai more than half a century ago for the commandos of the Egyptian Navy. The new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo – 47 mm is actually made of bronze, which is one of the materials associated since antiquity with the world of the sea.

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Bronze is an alloy based on copper and one other metal, usually tin, to which other elements can be added to achieve particular performance. As well as its high degree of structural strength, this material preserves the warm shades of the original while acquiring over time the aged appearance through the patina which covers it. This patina is the result of the reaction of the bronze to external agents (air, humidity, heat and wear). It does not alter the selection of material, but a sign of its ageing, making each example unique and personalised.

The brushed bronze case has 47 mm in diameter, is water-resistant to 300 metres and has a unidirectional rotating bezel with ratchet click and graduated scale for calculating the times of immersion, with raised studs for reference. The characteristic bridge protecting the winding crown, with the lever ensuring perfect water-resistance of the crown itself, is also made of bronze. The sapphire back is fixed to the caseband by a ring of titanium, a metal chosen for its hypoallergenic qualities.

The dial follows the characteristic appearance of the Luminor Submersible, with bar markers applied in place of the figures 12 and 6, but it is executed in an unusual dark green colour which goes well with the bronze colour of the case. Protected by a sapphire crystal, the dial has skeleton hands which are highly luminous, the little dials of the small seconds at 9 o’clock and, in a symmetrical position, the window with the date.

The movement of the replica Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo – 47 mm is the automatic P.9000 calibre, entirely designed and produced in the Officine Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. The P.9000 calibre has a structure with a three-quarter plate, clearly visible through the transparent caseback, a diameter of 13 3/4 lignes and two spring barrels which provide a power reserve of three days.

For official information, the limited edition has only 1,000 units, the replica Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo – 47 mm is completed by a leather strap, treated in such a way as to have an appearance similar to that of the period models and fitted with a personalised titanium buckle. Almost the same as authentic ones.

 

 

Watch Review: Panerai Luminor 1950 (PAM 321)

There are reasons why people love and wear Panerai watches.  Maybe their watch has some emotional connection to an event in their past, maybe it was a gift, and if you are like us (watch nerds) you simply love having a useful mechanical toy on your wrist that also has style. While I usually readily understand my fellow watch enthusiasts, I will have to admit that I did not understand the subgroup of watch nerds who are quite frankly fanatics of the Officine Panerai brand, otherwise known as the “Paneraistis”.

If you are not familiar with this breed of watch fan, just spend a few minutes perusing the Paneraisti forum and I pretty much guarantee that you will leave the site astonished, if not perplexed, by the genuine enthusiastic and frequent posts from Paneraistis all over the world.  They discuss every model, post pictures, speculate on new models, give advice to newbies, and even frequently throw parties (all over the world) where fellow Paneraistis come for a good time, make friends, and of course show off their beloved Panerai models…

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On my PAM 321, the case is the so-called 1950 case, which is a cushion case formed from a solid brushed stainless steel.  The crown is polished steel and is protected by the unique-to-Panerai crown protecting device which helps make the watch watertight.  Essentially it’s a half-crescent crown guard (tight seal device) of brushed steel that entirely covers the crown except for a small lever that when pulled (with nail or finger) releases the crown.  Once released, the crown can then be pulled and turned.

Like most Panerai watches, the PAM 321 is quite large at 44mm and sits high at 19mm.  It’s not for small guys though I have seen various pictures on the Paneristi forum of what appears to be smaller guys and even women wearing 44mm and even larger Panerai models…

Perhaps the most incredible part of the PAM 321 is its amazing legibility, day and night.  This is the result of the sandwich dial construction where the hour markers and the 12, 6, and 9 hour marks are filled with Panerai luminescent that simply shines with a little bit of charge.  Historically, Panerai has had various innovations in that space.  The legibility is so good that simply using it during the day, you will get all night legibility… so it’s the perfect watch to sit on your night table.  Aiding in that legibility is a nicely domed sapphire crystal on top of the grandfather clock-like simple dial with the Panerai unique numerals that can be read from a distance.

However, this is not mentioning official Panerai straps and bracelets that you can also purchase.  It’s very hard to find authentic ones online.  As mentioned, each strap for replica PAM 321 simply completely changes the watch as if I had purchased a new watch.  This is also from comments of friends and family during my vacation where I used the watch daily.  With the stainless steel bracelet, I essentially converted my PAM 321 to a PAM 347 since the bracelet is the only difference between the two models.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Titanium Watch

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Panerai is an polarizing brand which has seen a massive spike in popularity in recent years, and it has become a somewhat household name in men’s luxury wrist watches. Now, it was often included in the brands that your non-watchnerd friends are aware of, they hold rank in upscale jewellery boutiques alongside Breitling and Rolex. While SIHH saw quite a few new models from Panerai, none were as intriguing to me as the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio (PAM00526).

That’s a rather long name, so we’ll stick with Regatta 3 Days. What we have here is a 47mm Luminor case constructed from titanium and encapsulating Panerai’s in-house P.9100/R automatic chronograph movement with a flyback feature and central minutes (orange) and seconds (blue) hands. This information layout allows the Regatta 3 Days to stick with the familiar Panerai dial aesthetic while still offering an effective view of the elapsed time with a maximum measure of 12 hours. This layout is fantastically elegant and the use of color is just enough to set the PAM00526 apart from their other chronograph models.

The P.9100/R is no conventional chronograph movement, offering dual barrels supporting 72 hours of power reserve alongside a column wheel chronograph with a vertical clutch. Comprised of 328 pieces with 37 jewels, the P.9100/R even incorporates a KIF Parechoc anti-shock system. This movement is currently only used in the Regatta 3 Days and, along with the practical chronograph display, also features a flyback chronograph and a regatta countdown feature that is as cool as any I’ve ever seen.

Yacht racing requires a countdown period before the official start of a race to help keep the starting grid of boats as fairly placed as possible. Signals (provided by flags and horn sounds) keep the start of a sailing regatta structured as the boats fight the wind and current to remain aligned. Typically, a five minute countdown is used to keep the boats synchronized. On the Regatta 3 Days, the wearer can zero the chronograph and then press the four o’clock pusher to reverse the minute (orange) hand by one minute increments. Assuming a five minute countdown for your regatta (or microwave TV dinner, no judgement), you can set the chronograph back five minutes and then start the chronograph with the pusher at ten o’clock. The watch will now countdown as the hands progress back to zero. At zero the race starts and the chronograph will continue running and measure the duration of the race without any additional input from the user. Simple, effective, and presumably useful for things other than regatta timing, what’s not to like?

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio is Panerai at its best. Excellent dial design, a thoroughly impressive movement and a feature set that is practical, legible and easy to use. Not like authentic watches, 100m  water resistance and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the replica should be ready for your day at the races whether you’re actively racing or simply spectating from the shoreline. However, no matter authentic or replica, 47mm case is usually too large for most consumers.

Panerai 1940 Radiomir Limited Edition with Chronographs

Panerai has a knack for SIHH novelties and there is no exception this year. Being rather firmly a Radiomir fan, I found myself fell in the new Radiomir 1940 Chronograph. There are three limited edition versions rendered exclusively in precious metals, with dial design eschews Panerai’s signature sparse appeal for something entirely more retro.

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Although three versions may sport different case materials and dial designs, they do share a number of common elements. 45mm diametere and, being of the “1940″ Radiomir variety, they have Luminor style lugs (rather than the Radiomir’s signature wire lugs). The 1940 Chronograph is fitted with a 2.8 mm thick plexiglas crystal up front and a sapphire crystal in the rear to allow a view of the Panerai OP XXV movement. The plexiglas is likely employed to support the vintage vibe of the 1940 aesthetic.

The three versions span an ivory dial model with a polished platinum case called the “Platino” which is limited to 50 units (PAM518), a brown dial model with an 18 ct polished red gold case called the “Oro Rosso” (PAM519) and a black dial model with an 18 ct polished white gold case called the “Oro Bianco” (PAM520). The latter two models are limited to 100 units and all models come on an alligator strap with matching tang buckle.

It’s pretty tough to say which is my favorite as the Platino has a beautiful ivory dial with blued steel accents for the chronograph register and chronograph seconds. This would definitely be one to see in person as there is a chance that the light tone of the dial might be overpowered by the large and chunky case. The Oro Rosso has arguably the best dial, a deep brown with a super cool California dial (a mix of Roman and Arabic numerals), but a 45 mm watch is a tough sell for most wrist.

Finally, the Oro Bianco is the only one to get a sandwich dial, in which the luminous elements of the black dial are actually cut-outs that reveal a luminous layer underneath the main dial, another distinctly Panerai design trait. Each model has its merits and the overall design is one that mixes a bit of current-day Panerai with a lot of vintage-sourced style.

Functionally, the replica Radiomir 1940 Chronograph offers a standard time display along with a two register chronograph system displaying running seconds and a 30 minute chronograph measure which displays its seconds centrally (on the large seconds hand). The movement enclosed within the large case is the Panerai OP XXV which is based on the Minerva 13-22 movement which has been connected with Panerai as far back as the 1920s. This hand-wound column wheel chronograph movement features 22 jewels, a rate of 18,000 vph and 55 hours of power reserve.

Pricing for authentic ones starts at €44,000 (~$54000) and topping out at €60,000 (~$81,250) for the Platino, this is definitely a case of Panerai making something special for a truly niche group of collectors. Add in the reality of a rather limited supply, the excitement generated by a stand-out design from Panerai and you have the making of a very popular watch and word on the street is that they’ve already sold out. While far too expensive to grace my wrist, replica is supposed the deciding factor for the well-heeled watch lover and the Radiomir 1940 Chronograph definitely has the appeal to outweigh its price tag.

Skeleton Panerai Radiomir 48mm Lo Scientziato Watch

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Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramica 48mm Lo Scientziato PAM348, the first skeletonized Panerai watch that I know of, and it does not let me down. It is actually the same movement from their normal tourbillon watch but skeletonized. This is in contrast to what some makers do by making a watch movement specially designed to be skeletonized. Good that the watch movement leneded itself nicel to the “open” treatment. The watch is really stunning and exactly what you would expect from a Panerai watch if it was skeletonized. This piece is truly unique in the brand’s current watch line. Most of the other new models of 2010 are minor variations on existing models to differ broaden an established brand feel, but retain its strict identity.

The 48mm super wide case is in a dark brownsih color matches to a vintage looking leather strap. The presentation of colors has a pleasant retro feel to it. As you can tell by the “Ceramica” name, the watch is not in metal but ceramic. Though it is a special type of ceramic that Panerai has developed. It is made from zirconium oxide which apparently is similar to or related to aluminum. The finish would be called satin or bead-blasted and the weight of the case is incredibly light. The rear of the case around the sapphire caseback window is in titanium. For a tall 48mm wide watch it sits pretty well. You have a classic turnip style Panerai crown in metal. The crystal of course is sapphire and the case is water resistant to 100 meters.

Unlike most skeletonized watches the dial is really easy to read. Panerai made sure that all the necessary markers are there and with bright lume applied to them. As such, there is no real part of the skeletonization that makes it difficult to read.

Panerai did an impressive job with their Ceramic compound, but an even more impressive job with their work on the dial making the PAM 348 a really cool looking timepiece. You might not know this, but Panerai has a special form of single axis tourbillon that spins on a diagonal axis each 30 seconds that makes it much more fun to watch. Inside the watch is the in-house made Panerai P.2005/S movement. It is manually wound with a 6 day power reserve (power reserve indicator is located on the rear of the watch). Let’s talk functions now. Of course there is the time, but there are also two subsidiary dials (again the power reserve indicator on the back of the watch as well). The main hands are also accompanied by the GMT hand. It is easy to read, but I would have liked Panerai to include a dedicated scale for the GMT hours around the bezel or flange of the watch. The left subsidiary dial is for the small seconds and well as a little dot that moves around the dial each 30 seconds – this indicates the movement of the tourbillon. The right subsidiary dial is an AM/PM indicator, which is essentially a synchronized 24 hour hand for the main time. All useful functions, with the neat little tourbillon dot thrown in the mix. By the way, that dot was originally added because the original watch with the caliber P.2005 movement did not have an exposed tourbillon on the dial so Panerai wanted to remind you that it was there.

The Panerai Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramica 48mm Lo Scientziato watch is gonna be an expensive watch and part of a limited edition of just 30 pieces. No doubt that it will be a new popular star among replica wathces industry. I expect more skeletonized watches from the brand in time, but likely all limited editions with replica watch price.

Panerai Limited Edition PAM336 Says “FU” For China

There is a good signal Chinese watch fans, more and more luxury watch brands are taking more and more attention in Asian market,  the fast rising Eastern Dragon get a preference from Panerai. The new Panerai PAM336 has “Fu” on the dial. And more other luxury watch groups have their sights securely set on (primarily) China, and other parts of Asia, given the fact that the only excitement in watch sales to be seen now is coming from those regions of the world. Each brand is vying for the attention and respect of the Chinese consumer. Chinese consumers actually understand the mechanics of watches, know the values, and have keen eyes for details. Scary stuff for some watch retailers and some brands! Actually this is good.

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Althought many western consumers don’t like being in a country where their beloved hobby and career isn’t taken as seriously as it would if they lived in Europe or Hong Kong where watches are selling well, the consumers are forcing brands to put their best stuff on the table. Panerai never made a watch with a four-leaf clover on it, but they don’t have a problem making one with the Chinese character “Fu” that means good luck, or good fortune. Probably the most important “positive” character in the Chinese language is this the best way of telling consumers in China that “Panerai really does care about you?” I think enough Panerai fans will enjoy the novelty, but history tells me that Chinese consumers like western things because they are western. Panerai is seen as an Italian brand, not a Chinese one. So why is there Chinese on the dial? It is entirely possible that this tactic works wonderfully for brand fans looking for a cool new limited edition piece when they buy Panerai they want an Italian watch with an Italian or Swiss movement.

However, the limited PAM336 will surely not able to meet the high market demanding, more replcia PAM336 is catching more attention.

The watch in steel, is 44mm wide with a Swiss movement that is manually wound.  It has 50 hours of power reserve (replica PAM336 may not that long), and Panerai has them all COSC Chronometer certified. Water resistant to 300 meters (replica PAM336 may not that good), the watch has a sapphire crystal and a subsidiary seconds dial. Pretty standard stuff for entry level Panerai watches – which is what this is. The whole allure here seems to be the whole “Panerai + Fu” aspect of the watch. You are basically talking about a simple Panerai with the Fu character on the dial as the 6 o’clock indicator.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Destro, PAM557

Panerai PAM 557 Luminor 1950 Destro 3 Days designed specifically for left-handers – hence the “destro” designation – and powered by Panerai’s in-house P3000 movement, the timepiece pairs a 47mm steel case with a decidedly retro Plexiglas crystal over the dial. Essentially a flipped version of 2011′s PAM 372, which got luminous numerals, and a three-day power reserve and comes equipped with the brand’s usual leather and rubber strap options. The PAM 557 Luminor 1950 Destro 3 Days is expected to retail for $10,000-11,000 USD upon its SIHH 2014 debut.
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Debuted three years ago, the 372 was almost exactly like the watch presented this year, other than the crown’s placement on the more usual right side of the case. What we have here is something Panerai likes to call the “Destro”, which stands for “right” in Italian and implies that the watch is primarily designed to be worn on the right wrist as the crown has been moved to the 9 o’clock position. The case for replica PAM557 is in 316 solid stainless steel and it is polished all the way around, including the bezel. The crystal is not sapphire but 3mm thick Plexiglas, which is definitely not a first for Panerai, but certainly a welcomed treat for those in search of the more authentic Panerai “mood”.

Much like with the chronograph, the PAM557 is also equipped with an in-house movement. Its P.3000 caliber has two barrels and hence provides up to 3 days of power reserve, paired with a more modest rate of only 21,600 vibrations per hour, or 3 Hz. Being a relatively new in-house movement one would perhaps expect more modern results, i.e. 4 Hz or 28,800 vph, but then again, fans of the vintage Panerai atmosphere would likely argue otherwise. If anything, this watch has a lot to offer to them, with its 3mm thick, domed Plexiglas, its sandwich dial with tan colored indexes and gold hands, all topped off with the large Luminor Panerai script just below 12 o’clock.

In summary, while both the chronograph and the two-hands only pieces were merely modified versions of novelties we have seen at the 2011 SIHH, Panerai did what it does best: with small but noticeable changes they made both pieces even more desirable, bringing the more historical side of the brand to the forefront yet again. Speaking of the PAM557 Destro 3 Days, with its Plexiglas front, in-house movement, and more exclusive left-handed layout, it definitely is a very desirable package of Panerai goodness. Honestly, in addition to being another flavor of an already desirable edition, the lefty crown is going to be more comfortable for many people who normally wear the watch on their left hand given that the crown is on the opposite side of their wrist.

According to offical offer, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Destro 3 Days PAM557 will retail for $10,600. A little bit higher than we thought, yes of course for replica Panerai watches, better quality higher price is for sure.

The Rocky Partership between Panerai and Ferrari Officially Break Up

37806For those passionate lovers and fans of the famous Panerai and Ferrai, they should know that there was a rocky relationship between these two world famous luxury big brands. Several years ago Panerai was signed the contract to create Ferrari branded replica Watches – luxury ones that is. Panerai was seemingly popular in the mid 2000′s, with tremendous popularity and demand at considerable high levels. It seemed to make executive sense to have them design and make timepieces with the famous Italian stallion super car moniker on them. Sources point out that the agreement wasn’t really something Panerai even intended to deal with at the very beginning, but was pressured to engage in by parent company the Richemont Group. Nontheless, in 2005 the well-known Italian replica watch brand took on the Italian car brand under its horological wing (under a 5 year agreement).

Nearly from the beginning the replica watch models could not sell. Consumers disapproved of the designs, and stores couldn’t move them. The items that possibly averaged in the $10,000 range were notorious for losing value – it was almost a funny joke if someone bought one. The sad thing was that nothing was internally wrong with the timepieces. It was just not enough for the money – not nearly enough. For those people who really did like the creations, it was a blessing, since they could get one at an amazing discount even brand new from a replica watch retailer. In 2005, the two companies began their five year partnership. With the contract is goint to expire now, neither side has any desire to renew. It is possible that this relationship was botched from the very beginning. Ferrari itself seemed to have completely no influence on the designs, and Panerai fans just saw the pieces are heftier, less attractive, and chintzy looking Panerai replica watch designs.

For those people who know well about the industry this is no surprise. The question now is who will Ferrari partner up with next time? While Panerai is possibly happy to be rid of the deal, others are probably drooling to get the Ferrari name license. Will it be another famous high-end brand? Will Ferrari go down market with cheaper replica Watches that are approachable but don’t do the nameplate justice? Maybe Ferrari will go with another route altogether and find a smaller independent replica watch brand which can create high-end timepieces more akin to the Ferrari look and lifestyle. I would like to wait and see. Until then, this breakup seems to have no unhappy parties putting those very few people that actually purchased the replica Watches aside. It’s not so uncommon to see, nowadays, many famous replica watch brands joint together with some wel-known replica watch makers to expand their mutual business enterprises. After this relationship broken up, some other new ones will come along.