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Panerai PAM00507 is coming soon

by amitdevhanda

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PAM00507- 1950 Submersible 3 Days Bronzo
pic courtesy of http://www.panerai.com

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Wrist Shot of the Panerai PAM00507 1950 Submersible 3 Days

Generally, when I think of Panerai watches I don’t normally think Bronze. The first Panerai Bronzo was released two years ago and was the first wrist watch with a bronze case.

Now two years later, the highly anticipated Panerai PAM00507 Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic, which was released earlier this year at SIHH in Geneva Switzerland is scheduled to deliver hopefully before the 2013 holidays. I have a feeling it’s going to be a blood bath to get this watch because there are only 1,000 units being produced for the world and the demand outweighs the supply. Since this watch is a SE (Special Edition) usually only Panerai Boutiques will receive this watch and authorized dealers will not receive it. That being said, if your a mega Panerai  Authorized Dealer, there still may be a chance, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

I recently had an opportunity to play with one of these watches at an exclusive Panerai Event. I wasn’t expecting much because the idea of a bronze case seemed really gimmicky to me, but then I actually held the piece in my hand and tried it on and I was completely in love and couldn’t stop staring at it. The Bronze case gives this watch complete character which I wasn’t expecting. The green dial makes this watch look historic and vintage as if it was found near the sea floor . The 47 mm 1950 case is the perfect size for me and provides and everyday masculine feel, while the power reserve indicator and the in house 3 Day movement are a great modern day compliment to give this watch life. The watch is fitted on a beautiful brown leather strap with contrasting stitching and the bottle opener buckle is made out of titanium. The only complaint I have which is minor is that the strap tapers at the end and detracts from the masculinity of this watch on the wrist. The exact retail price is yet to be determined, but is rumored to retail for between $13,000-$14,000.

All in all, not only is the Panerai PAM00507 a very cool and limited edition watch that will hold its value and become collectible, it’s an incredible everyday watch that is extremely durable and different from any Panerai made out there today.

 

Technical Details for Panerai PAM00507

MOVEMENT

Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9002 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾  lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 237 components.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, seconds reset, power reserve indicator, calculation of immersion time.

CASE

Diameter 47 mm, brushed bronze.

BEZEL

Brushed bronze with polished edges, anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel with graduated scale for calculating the time of immersion and ratchet click at minute intervals.

BACK

Brushed titanium with see-through sapphire crystal.

DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN

(protected as a trademark) Brushed bronze.

DIAL

Green with applied luminous hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, power reserve indicator at 5 o’ clock.

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, made of corundum, 2.9 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

WATER-RESISTANCE

30 bar (~ 300 metres).

STRAP

PANERAI personalised leather strap and trapezoidal brushed titanium buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.

* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.

Retail- between $13,000-$14,000

Panerai will be representing at the London Design Fesitval 2013

by amitdevhanda

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There is no secret that Panerai has come a long way not just in the watch industry but as a global icon for design. Panerai was started in 1860 and once supplied the Royal Italian Navy with precise instruments such as depth gauges. Their designs were kept top secret until the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997.

Panerai watches today are designed, developed in manufactured in their Neuchatel Manufactory in Switzerland where they  proudly execute the seamless integration of their passion for Italian History and Design Language combined with Swiss technical innovation. These core principals are the reason Panerai will be participating and presenting the Panerai London Design Medal at the London Design Festival from September 14-22, 2013.

This is a great way for the brand to exhibit their values to a different audience and create awareness for the brands identity. “It is an honor to be able to put our name to an award that recognises consistent and admirable contribution to as well as excellence, within the design industry.” Officine Panerai.

Ellen DeGeneres wears an 18kyg Rolex Daytona on her show

by amitdevhanda

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I am a huge fan of Ellen DeGeneres. She has overcome all kinds of obstacles and challenges in her life over the years and now to her credit she reins supreme with her own show Ellen, making her a modern day Oprah. What really caught my attention was when she started her show, she frequently mentioned she wanted to wear a stainless steel Rolex Submariner No-Date. Recently, I was watching her show and she wearing a Rolex 18kyg Daytona on a solid 18k yellow gold bracelet with a white dial. Not many women today have the balls to wear a watch like this because of it’s masculine nature, but Ellen pulls it of flawlessly with elegance, style and grace with an everyday wearing sensibility that is really endearing.

What I love most about Rolex is that they are so incredibly iconic that there is no mistaking what it is. Rolex is the universal symbol of  success. A solid gold Rolex can look really flashy and intentionally pretentious, but it really depends on the person wearing it. In this case, Ellen takes a $35,000 solid yellow gold watch and makes it look really classy as she wears it casually loose and slinky. This is a great example of someone wearing a Rolex watch and making it fit perfectly. I applaud Ellen’s taste and her love for Rolex watches. She is a great role model and I hope this inspires women to take risks to start wearing bigger watches that fit them right, because the right big watches on women are sexy, hot and just incredible!

Technical specs of the 18kyg Rolex Daytona

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona . 40mm 18K yellow gold case,

tachymeter engraved bezel,

screw-down push buttons, white dial, index hour markers,

18kyg Oysterlock bracelet.

retail-$34,650

Glashutte Original Senator Sixities: The video

by amitdevhanda

Hey watch fans,

Are you looking for that nice dress watch? Do you want something incredibly well made, in house, yet understated. Please look no further and click the play button on the video below to find out more.

 

Cheers

Amit Dev Handa

 

 

The Tudor Black Bay makes its way on the Sept 2013 issue of GQ

by amitdevhanda

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We are less than than a month away till the official release of Tudor Watches in the US and the Tudor Black Bay has already made its way on the cover of GQ for September 2013.

The Tudor Black Bay is my favorite watch of the year. I had a chance to see this watch  live  a few months ago and I was blown away! Tudor is going to be the biggest thing the watch industry has seen since Panerai made it’s debut in the late nineties.

On the September 2013 cover of GQ, NFL great RG III aka Robert Griffin III is rocking the Tudor Black Bay. The Tudor Black Bay is not your conventional boring looking divers watch. I have to say, it has personality and charisma with the red rotating aluminum bezel and  has a touch of vintage with the brown leather distressed strap, while still being masculine with a 41 mm stainless steel case. This watch not only looks and feels good, but it is really well made and very well priced at $3,100 on a distressed brown leather strap and $3,425 on a stainless steel bracelet.

By having a Pro NFL athlete like RG III who is 6ft2 and weighs around 220 pounds wearing this watch, it shows true scale of how it looks. The watch looks great and is proportionate in size, personally I would have liked to have seen this in a 47 mm size, but one miracle at a time.

To learn more about this watch, please click the play button on the video below

Panerai PAM00048:The video

by amitdevhanda

Hey Panerai Fans!

Those of you who feel that 44mm-47 mm Panerai watches are too big, I have the perfect solution for you to ease you way into the Big watch game. Please click the play button on the video below to see my review of the Panerai PAM00048 Luminor Marina Automatic 40 mm

Panerai PAM00438 Tuttonero review

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00438 Tuttonero

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wrist shot of the PAM00438 Tuttonero

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Black Ceramic Bracelet of the Panerai Tuttonero

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The titanium clasp of the ceramic bracelet on the Panerai PAM00438 Tuttonero

So, its been a long two years the world has waited to see the highly anticipated Panerai PAM00438 Tuttonero 44mm 1950 Ceramic GMT. I recently had the opportunity to hold, play and try one on. I am not a fan of Panerai watches on bracelets because I am a purest who is obsessed with its history and origins.

Panerai  bracelets are modern innovative and distinct from any other watch available in the market today. This particular watch on a  bracelet is even more unique because its made out of black ceramic. Ceramic watches have become popular in the last few years in part because of the influence and popularity of Panerai watches. Panerai has not only made watches in an all black finish cool to wear but collectible and highly sought after.

The Panerai PAM00438 is a 44mm 1950 GMT with a 3 day in-house P9001 movement in black ceramic. The watch is very comfortable, has a great weight, easy to read and easy to set.  The matte black ceramic bracelet is elegant, as each link is reminiscent of the device protecting the crown which further enhances the brands trademark and reinforces its identity.  The black sandwich Arabic dial showcases 11 Panerai numbers and a date at the three o’clock position in a contrasting dirty rusty gold, which is a great contrast to the black ceramic case and bracelet. The clasp is made out of titanium, which is very smart on the part of Panerai because the stress points of a bracelet always lie within the clasp. Titanium is a very hard, light and durable material.  The GMT hand is very easy to set with the winding  crown and is easily distinguished from the hour and minute hand because of its size and shape.

Think you can easily get your hands on this watch? Think again! There are only 1,000 units of this model being produced per year for the world. Should you have the means to purchase this watch and you are interested, you should. The retail price of this watch is $16,300 at the moment, nothing is official or confirmed but I hear a price increase is coming real soon.

                        Technical Details of the Panerai PAM00438 Tuttonero

MOVEMENT

Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9001/B calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 229 components.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, power reserve indicator on the back, seconds reset.

 

CASE

Diameter 44 mm, black ceramic.

BEZEL

Black ceramic.

BACK

See-through sapphire crystal.

DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN

(protected as a trademark) Black ceramic.

DIAL

Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2.3 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

WATER-RESISTANCE

10 bar (~100 metres).        

STRAP

PANERAI personalised ceramic bracelet with sandblasted steel buckle. Supplied with a steel screwdriver.

Retail $16,300

* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.

Tag Heuer release 1887 Jack Heuer Edition at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

by amitdevhanda

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This year marks a momentous occasion for the Tag Heuer Carrera. This watch is the first sports chronograph designed specifically for professional drivers and sports-car enthusiasts. So, it was very fitting that the Goodwill Festival of Speed was the stage used to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Tag Heuer Carrera. 

To commemorate this moment in time, Tag Heuer have released a very special Carrera 1887 Jack Heuer Chronograph. This watch is quite interesting in its execution. The  asymmetric 45 mm case in stainless steel is quite modern, futuristic and geometric, while the chronograph pushers are located with the crown and are slightly recessed into the case at the 12 o’clock position. The reason for this design was because it was inspired by a stopwatch. The movement used is the 1887 caliber with integrated column wheel.

The chronograph is a dual register with anthracite grey subdials, while the hour and minute hand of that watch are contrasting in white.

Tag Heuers commitment to preserving the past with modern day technical innovation ensures their relevance in the watch market for the future.

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TAG Heuer Honorary Chairman Jack Heuer is here celebrated in a spectacular edition inspired by the two-part construction Heuer stop watches that he once used on pro racing circuits around the world.

The technical details, however, are all leading-edge, with elements borrowed from Formula One and aeronautics: black titanium carbide steel bezel, hand-brushed and polished to a high sheen; polished, fine brushed and sandblasted steel and titanium cage; tachymetre and pulsometre on the dial.

Rubber B is the ultimate rubber strap

by amitdevhanda

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Rubber straps for watches can be one of the most annoying and unflattering accessories to buy. Most of the time they never look right and are way overpriced; and I am amazed how this one thing can make expensive watches look really cheap and pedestrian or it can make an inexpensive watch look expensive depending on the style, shape and quality.

Rubber B is a company that makes the best rubber straps in the world in my opinion. They are 100% made in Switzerland. Their straps  are made from the absolute highest caliber material available: pure, genuine Vulcanized Rubber, with no blends, coatings, glues, or bondings. Even though they are not affiliated in any way with Rolex SA, Rubber B specializes in making the best rubber straps in the world for Rolex watches. What makes them different from other after market rubber straps that fit Rolex Watches; Each integrated Rubber B strap is micro-calibrated around the exact watch model(s) for which it has been precisely designed, and has been engineered using “Blocked Integration“, establishing a motionless,rotationless, gap-free mount to your springbars, watch case, and lugs.

Also, you have two buckle options, one where you can take the clasp and deploymant buckle of your Rolex professional sports model which is what I prefer, or you can purchase a pin buckle from Rubber B for an additional $20. The Rubber B straps are available in assortment of colors and retail for $220. As distribution is limited and sold in only 4 places in the US, you can also order these straps on their website here.

I am super excited to see  the rubber straps they will be launching this fall 2013 that will fit Panerai watches. I don’t own a Rubber B strap, but I have plenty of friends who do and they all say the same thing, “it’s the most comfortable and well made rubber strap you will ever own”.

Get ready for the return of Tudor!

by amitdevhanda

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Tudor Pelagos Divers Watch

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The  anticipation is killing me , I cant wait. Tudor officially makes its return back to the US in September 2013. Distribution will be tight and everything is in place for Tudor to not only Debut the brand but own the intro-luxury watch market.

There are a lot of watch brands out there in the three to five thousand dollar price range, but I have a feeling Tudor will swallow the competition and spit them out and dominate.  At the end of the day, Tudor is a subsidiary brand of Rolex. With re-branding themselves and making a return to the US and having great products and price points, it will be very hard for the other brands to compete.

Those of you who are looking to get into the Rolex family and dont feel like spending ten grand or don’t have the means to do so at this time, you can rest assure that you have variety, quality and incredible styling with Tudor. I had a chance to play with most of the current collection, and let me tell you, I am very impressed.

One watch in particular that I need to own in the current Tudor collection is the Pelagos Divers watch in Titanium. This watch is very reminiscent of the Rolex Submariner. I am very impressed with the  construction of the entire watch , from the 42 mm Titanium case, the black ceramic bezel, the titanium bracelet with folding clasp, safety catch and bracelet extension system, to the incredible simplicity of the iconic and timeless 3 handed black dial. Unlike Rolex, Tudor does not produce their movements in house, but they use the very robust and reliable ETA 2824 self-winding movement . This watch is water resistant to 500 m and has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. This watch is packaged with an additional rubber strap. The best part of this watch is the price, at $4,125, it’s going to be difficult to find another watch that comes close.

Like this watch, Tudor has done a stellar job with creating a very solid collection which I urge you all to take a close look here.

Technical Details of the Tudor Pelagos

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Retail  $4,125