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What are my clients saying about working with me?

by amitdevhanda

Hey Gang!

I am very excited to share with you all what my clients are saying about working with me. For those of you who are looking to purchase a watch and haven’t worked with me before, hopefully this video will clarify any questions you may have. Please click the video link below to watch the video. I would love to hear from you. Please submit any questions you have for me by filling out the contact form below the video.

Thank you

Amit Dev Handa

 

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Rolex introduce a brand new GMT-Master II for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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New Rolex GMT-Master II Black and Blue ceramic bezel
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The Rolex Oysterlock Folding Clasp
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The Rolex Caliber 3186 movement
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Historically speaking, the Rolex GMT-Master II has always been available in three bezel configurations: black on black, black and red, and red and blue. Today,  Rolex introduced the newest member to the GMT -Master II family, the black and blue bezel. In 2007,  Rolex re-designed the GMT-Master II with a new movement, case, dial, bracelet and new ceramic bezel.

Like anything new Rolex does, it first takes my eyes time to adjust and then I just stare at it like a pervert for a while until I like or dislike it. The new stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II with black and blue ceramic bezel is definitely appreciated and welcome. Even though my heart immediately desires a black and red or blue and red ceramic bezel this new addition feeds my GMT addiction just fine for now. The black and blue bezel signifies day/night for functional visibility.

I know right now most collectors are like what is this watch? Trust me this is good, because they will have to have it once Rolex delivers the watch to their boutiques and authorized retailers next year.

Like the current GMT-Master II with black on black ceramic bezel, which has been a smash success across the globe, the new Rolex GMT-Master II with black and blue bezel will eventually become the same. The properties of the watch are almost exactly the same as the current one, except for the new bi -color ceramic bezel and the GMT second time zone hand is blue for contrast and visibility matching the blue in the bezel.   In fact, this new GMT-Master II gives me hope that the other two colors of black and red and blue and red will be available sooner than we think. The rumor going around was that Rolex was having technical difficulties with executing bi-color bezels in ceramic because of the color separation, but this new watch puts those rumors to rest.  Rolex doesn’t bring anything into the market unless it’s perfectly finished.

Technical Specs for the new Rolex GMT-Master II Black and Blue ceramic Bezel

Ref #116710BLNR

Model case
Oyster, 40 mm, steel
Movement
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, GMT function
Dial
Black laquer
Bracelet
Oyster, three-piece solid links

Jason Bateman wears IWC in the April 2013 issue of GQ

by amitdevhanda

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photo courtesy of GQ

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IWC Portuguese Chronograph Red Gold Ref# IW371482 retail $16,400 photo courtesy of http://www.iwc.com

In the latest April 2013 issue of GQ  with Jason Bateman on the Cover, he is wearing IWC on one of the pages of the style shoot.  The watch he is wearing is non other than the IWC Portuguese Chronograph in Red Gold with an Ardoise dial, ref #IW371482.

This is the perfect match for IWC, because Jason Bateman epitomizes IWC sophistication. He is an understated guy with refined taste, and doesn’t seem flashy at all and that’s what IWC is in my opinion, understated elegance with history. In the photo shoot he is wearing designer casual wear jumping in the air, and unless you are a watch head like me, you would never know that Jason Bateman is wearing a watch valued at $16,400 in Red Gold. Instead you see a subtle and casual glimpse of it.

A lot of times when you see a magazine shoot like this, the watch doesn’t match the personality at all. In this case, it couldn’t be a more appropriate fit. I would like to congratulate IWC and GQ for making the perfect choice in choosing Jason Bateman to wear the IWC Portuguese Chronograph in Red Gold with Ardoise dial in The April 2013 issue of GQ Magazine. This was done in a very classy way that will translate well to the public.

Technical Specs of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph Red Gold ref#IW371482

  • Mechanical chronograph movement
  • Self-winding
  • 44-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Water-resistant 3 bar
  • Case height 12.3 mm
  • Diameter 40.9 mm

Hublot and Depeche Mode team up to support Charity: Water

by amitdevhanda

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Water Shortage is a global resource problem that we should all work at making available for everybody on the planet.  On March 18th it was announced by Luxury watch manufacture Hublot and really cool British Band Depeche Mode  will be working together in partnership to support Charity Water.

Charity:Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Depeche Mode is one of my favorite bands New Wave electronic of all time and this is the second time they are teaming up with Hublot to do something charitable for a great cause. This unique initiative is part of the Depeche Mode 2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour. As Charity Partner, Hublot has designed a watch especially for this history-making collaboration: the Limited Edition Big Bang Depeche Mode.

Even more important, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each watch will go directly to charity: water. The Big Bang Depeche Mode will be launched with an international advertising campaign to coincide with the band’s 2013 summer European tour.

According to Depeche Modes Martin Gore :”I have personally been a supporter and advocate of charity: water for a while now, so I’m thrilled that we as a band can expand our support for the organization and help to make significant difference in places around the world struggling without a proper supply of drinking water.”

Hublot worldwide CEO and legend Jean Claude Biver added “:No Water, no Life! Water is life and water should be available to everybody. Nobody should suffer from a lack of water. That’s why we try to help to share water. Sharing water means sharing life and sharing love.”

Scott Harrison of Charity Water  concluded: “charity: water is honored to build a multi-faceted partnership with Hublot and Depeche Mode over the next year. The support of these two amazing partners will help bring clean, safe drinking water to thousands of people in developing countries while driving awareness about the water issue on a global scale.”

Please watch this video to learn more

Technical Details for Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode
Reference 311.CI.1170.VR.DPM13 – Limited series of just 250 numbered watches
Case “Big Bang” – Diameter 44 mm, made from micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel “Clous Pyramide” decoration, made from black ceramic
6 black PVD titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lug Black composite resin
Lateral inserts Black composite resin
Case-back Open, sapphire crystal and black ceramic “Depeche Mode” and “Charity: Water” logo transfers
Crown Black PVD steel with black rubber insert
Water resistance 10 ATM, or approximately 100 metres
Dial Openworked, micro-blasted black skeleton
Applique indexes in the form of Clous Pyramide decoration, micro-blasted ruthenium
Hands Faceted and polished with black nickel coating, plus black SuperLuminova™
Movement HUB4214 Automatic mechanical Aerobang chronograph
Components 257 (Jewels: 27, Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour)
Date Rectangular window at 4.30
Power reserve Approx. 42 hours
Bracelet Heat moulded calfskin strap with Clous Pyramide shaped polymer resin injection
Sewn onto black rubber with black stitching
Clasp Microblasted black PVD steel deployant buckle

Chef Tyler Florence favorite watch is Panerai

by amitdevhanda

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Tyler Florence wrist shot of Panerai PAM00279 Radiomir GMT Alarm with GP movement

I have been a real fan of celebrity chef Tyler Florence for quite some time. Originally, I started watching his show years ago on the food network because of the incredible watches he wore. To be honest, I didn’t really even care about the food at that time. I became a fan because I am a watch guy and to me Tyler Florence represented the everyday guy teaching people how to cook, but the food was secondary.  He wasnt’ afraid to immerse his hands in a pot full of all kinds of ingredients while wearing an IWC Big Pilot’s watch in stainless steel. That was really cool to me and meant he wasn’t afraid to wear his watches.

Honestly, I think chefs get a really bad rap, because some of them can be real dicks, but Tyler Florence has to be one of the nicest, most genuine people I have had the opportunity to have an encounter with.

Last year before the holidays, I saw him on Jimmy Fallon wearing a Rolex Deep Sea on a Nato strap. This prompted me to reach out to him on Twitter and tell him that I thought he has great taste in watches and I also asked him what his favorite watch is ? Even though I kind of knew it could be a long shot that I would get a response back because he is a very busy man, world-renowned and has a huge following, he graciously responded.  His favorite watch is the Panerai PAM00279 which came out in 2004, This watch is A 42 mm Panerai Radiomir in steel   The watch is a GMT Alarm with the Girard Perregaux Traveler II movement.  Not only did he tell me what his favorite watch is, but he was nice enough to send me a wrist shot of it with the description and amount of pieces made.

What makes him even cooler is that he is someone who truly loves what he does, has incredible passion for the culinary arts, loves the finer things in life, yet he is very relatable humble and a hell of a nice guy.  I wish him nothing but continued success and happiness and I really hope one day I have a chance to interview him on what sparked his watch addiction. Let’s see, you just never know in life what’s around the corner.

Glashutte Original re-designs their iconic Senator collection for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Glashutte  Original new  Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase red gold

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Glashutte Original new Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase stainless steel

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Glashutte Original new Senator Panorama Date stainless steel on bracelet

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Glashutte Original new Senator Panorama Date red gold

Glashutte Original to me is the benchmark of German Watchmaking. This is probably one of the single most undervalued brands in the entire watch industry, especially for in an in-house luxury watch manufacture.

This year at Basel 2013, Glashutte Original have decided to launch the newly re-designed Senator collection in Red Gold and in Steel with Panorama Date and Panorama Date with moon phase. I am absolutely in love with this new re-design because it looks completely new and they have taken the world of modern and classic to produce the ultimate re-invention.

They have achieved this by subtle yet important changes to the bezel dial and case. The bezel has been recessed  to make room for a lacquered silver-grain dial whose finely textured sets the stage for bold black roman numerals and a timeless black railroad chapter ring.

These new watch cases are 40mm in diameter, with both polished and brushed surfaces, either in red gold or stainless steel. Crystals are sapphire and the matt black Louisiana alligator strap comes with a fold-ver clasp in gold or steel. A stainless steel bracelet is also available.

The Panorama date display is presented in black on an ivory ground matching the color of the dial, and new blued-steel “poire” shaped hands enhance it. The previous versions of the Panorama Date used a button at 8 o’clock to reset the second-hand to zero; the new version replaces the button with a corrector inset in the case.

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This new interpretation of the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase display features a polished silver moon moving on a deep blue disk representing the sky.

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What drives this incredibly technical German machine is in-house automatic caliber 100-03, the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase by the caliber 100-04, both with a 55 hour power reserve. The caliber 100 family features a screw balance with 18 weighted gold-coated screws, twin spring barrels, swan-neck fine adjustment, skeletonized 21kt rotor, and the exquisite finishing characteristics of the manufactory.

The most amazing part is that you don’t have to pay more for the new collection because the prices on all these brand new models will be the same as what the current retail prices are for the current collection.

The best watch boutique in Las Vegas for 2013 is Panerai

by amitdevhanda

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Las Vegas has become a very important destination for the luxury watch market because at some point or other everyone comes to Vegas.  All the best brands in the world have very impressive boutiques to represent themselves at their finest level.  Needless to say it wasn’t easy for me to make a decision on who I was going to give the award to for Best Watch Boutique in Las Vegas for 2013.

My criterion was very simple: service, experience, knowledge and brand identity. I am proud to announce the winner for Best Watch Boutique in Las Vegas for 2013 is the Panerai Boutique at Caesars Palace Forum Shops.

This Boutique is run by Boutique Manager Gari Arevalo, who is extremely down to earth and helpful. His staff especially Jo Soranaka exemplifies passion, knowledge, personality and service. I have never been to a watch boutique like this where I feel right at home every time I walk in. No world is perfect but Gari and his team all work together to ensure you have the best possible experience and feel comfortable from the time you enter to the time you leave. Their knowledge is second to none and they are able to relate the story of Panerai in a calm cool collected way that feels genuine and engaging. The best part is not only do they have and abundant collection of the core collection, they also have some very exclusive and unique boutique only pieces on hand for collectors and enthusiast to enjoy. Since this boutique is quite small it’s very easy to see everything that goes on, so it’s really nice because you can feel the unity between all of the associates that work there.

Like all Panerai Boutiques, this Las Vegas Boutique is minimalist modern and yet has that intimate European feel. Out of all the Panerai Boutiques, this one is definitely the brightest and the location couldn’t be better, located right next to Wolfgang Pucks Spago and right across from sister brand Cartier at Caesars Palace Forum Shops. Congratulations to Gari Arevalo and his entire team for winning the award for Best watch Boutique in Las Vegas for 2013. I wish them nothing but continued success and I really hope if you have the chance when your in Las Vegas that you stop by and get an education and experience on one of the few brands that really matter, Panerai.