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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

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Panerai Box

by amitdevhanda

Hey People,

Ever wanted to know what a Panerai Box looks like and what’s in it? Please click the play button below.

 

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.

Panerai PAM00438 Tuttonero: The video

by amitdevhanda

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

 

Are watches good investments for the future?

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00203

 

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As the fluctuations in the economy and the market are getting increasingly more unpredictable and unsecure, more and more people are putting their money in tangible things like gold, silver, wine, art and watches? That’s right watches! If you think about it, watches are very transportable, you can take anywhere and some are extremely exclusive and rare and hold or increase in value. Don’t get me wrong, cars are still being purchased for luxury and status, but you can’t take that exotic expensive car with you into the board room like you can with a watch. In my opinion, watches are the ultimate luxury product that you can buy, wear, collect and five to ten years from now make money depending on what you buy and who you listen to.

A great example of this would be the Special Edition Panerai PAM00203 ,which made it’s  worldwide debut in 2005. I remember when this watch came out, I was in shock that Panerai made a special edition watch in stainless steel for the retail price of $19,900. I was blown away with how expensive that seemed at the time. They only made 150 pieces for the world. I researched it more and realized they had found 150 old 8 Day Angelus movements from the 1950’s, which Panerai refinished to modern-day specs to create this incredible Special Edition. This watch exudes Panerais DNA from the 47 mm 1950 stainless steel case, to the 8 Day original Angelus movement, to the incredible dial which has all four original Panerai Arabic Numerals,  a sub second hand next to the nine o’clock, and in Italian is written 8 days, making this completely iconic and distinctive from any other 1950 watch Panerai has ever made till today.

At it’s pinnacle, this watch has achieved record breaking numbers at auction of close to $200,000. Should you be so lucky to find one used in decent shape, your still looking at about $100,000. Talk about an amazing investment! Believe you me, if I had $20,000 lying around at that time, I totally would have done it. This goes to show you that watches are the new investment for the future, and before making that watch purchase, please consider what you are buying and who you are consulting. I am always here and will let you know my thoughts, if I can ever be of service. I feel it’s important to buy a watch because you like the way it looks and feels, but it’s equally important to buy something that holds or increases its value that you can pass down from generation to generation.

Please feel free to contact me with your questions and ideas by filling out the contact form below.

I want to thank you all!

by amitdevhanda

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I am so grateful to all my fans and followers of this blog, Twitter and Facebook for your support and comments and helping me achieve over 150,000 views on YouTube for the video underneath entitled “How to buy your first Panerai watch?”I couldn’t have done it without your loyal commitment and interest and everyday I am striving to write newer and better content to educate you all with passion and conviction.

Thank you

Amit Dev Handa

An amazing night with Panerai Las Vegas

by amitdevhanda

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The Invitation

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Once you open the invitation

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Panerai PAM00508 Submersible Ceramica

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Panerai PAM00507 Bronzo Power-Reserve

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Panerai PAM00446 Tourbillion Pocket Watch

I have had the honor and privilege of attending many watch events all over the world throughout the years. There are only a handful that really stick out in my mind as being truly memorable, connective and enjoyable. Last evening, June 15, 2013, was one of those events that really made an impact that I will never forget.

By now, we all know that I am a Panerai fiend. Last week, I was invited by the best boutique in Las Vegas for 2013, Panerai, to an exclusive by invitation only event at the Nobu Towers at Caesars Palace. This event was done first class from top to bottom.

The event was held at a private two-floor suite with a total of twenty five people. 12 collectors flew in from all over the world to participate in this very classy yet casual event. Panerai used this medium to kick off and celebrate the novelties of 2013 presented at SIHH in Geneva Switzerland back in January.

Also in attendance, besides the incredible staff of the Panerai Las Vegas Boutique, was North American Director of Retail, Jean-Bernard Diez who was incredibly gracious, down to earth and engaging.

What I loved most about this event was not only did Panerai showcase the new watches being released, but celebrated their collectors and made them feel a part of something very special unique and exclusive. The suite was beautifully  transformed into a very chique watch salon, with food prepared by world-renowned sushi house Nobu, while the drinks were flowing in abundance, as collectors were mingling and trying on the novelties and creating an amazing energy around the brand by their in-depth passionate conversations and humor.

I have never seen a watch brand evoke so much emotion, passion and connection as Panerai. From my experience, collectors stay for the food and drink and then leave as soon as there is no more food and drink to be had. In this case, collectors wanted to stay longer and talk more and hang out together, The event started around 7pm and everybody left around almost 1 in the morning.

Unlike other events from the past, this event proved that the product was definitely the hero.  The new product for 2013 is absolutely amazing. Collectors responded very well to it. Many pictures and wrist shots were taken. Subsequently, I am sure orders we already placed.  I was very impressed with the new Submersible Bronzo Power Reserve, PAM00507, retails for $13,200, which is strange because I didn’t really think I would like it.  What I really came to see was it’s darker brother, PAM00508 , the 1950 Submersible Ceramica. retails for $17,500.  I liked it, but was not overly impressed to be honest. The watch looks smaller in an all black finish and the strap is tapered, making this watch look less stealth and masculine. Even though both watches are exactly the same size of 47 mm, the Bronzo feels bigger, looks more historic and just has a more versatile aesthetic over all. Other pieces on hand, included the new PAM00510, which will eventually replace the iconic PAM00111, as well as the new Regatta Flyback in Titanium with 1950 case, PAM00526 and many others.

I would like to sincerely thank Gari Arevalo, Panerai Las Vegas Boutique Manager and his entire staff for putting on an incredibly stellar event second to none, which brought together collectors from all over the world, to experience Panerai on an intimate level, like they have never experienced before.

The Panerai PAM00111 will evolve into the PAM00510

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00111

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Panerai PAM00510

I think its safe to say that I have a mild obsession with Panerai watches. This is the only brand that I can say I have owned more than two different models of. I have owned a total of 5 Panerai watches since my fixation started in 2002. Today, I only have one watch and that is the coveted  Panerai PAM00372.

I have closely followed Panerais journey since the very beginning. I am extremely impressed with their commitment to pushing the envelope by releasing new novelties, digging deep into the archives to revive some sleeping giants, and using innovation to stay in-house and current while maintaining brand identity.

The watch that started it all for Panerai and was the icon from the beginning is the Panerai PAM00111. This is the watch that was used in all their original ad campaigns from Day 1. The Luminor Marina is to Panerai as the Submariner is to Rolex. Even though the PAM00111 is very much in the current Panerai collection, this watch will be phased out and replaced with an entirely new reference number, movement, dial and strap , known as the PAM00510.  The current PAM00111 has a hand wound movement, a sandwich dial, 44 mm stainless steel case, and is fitted on a tan strap, and retails for $6,800.

The new Pam00510 will retail for only $400 more than the current PAM00111, at a retail of $7,200, which is impressive considering it has an entirely new movement which is entirely in-house and manufactured by Panerai. This is a historic and technical milestone for Panerai, because it’s the first time that Panerai will be using the new P5000 hand wound 8 day movement in any of their watches. The only thing I am not crazy about on this watch is that above the six o’clock position, between where Panerai is written on the dial, they have decided to write 8 days. This definitely changes the aesthetic of the dial completely and doesn’t look as clean as the PAM00111, but only time will tell what the reception  to this will be. Personally, I am a less is more kind of guy, but some people may actually like this new addition to the dial. This watch is also fitted with a new black strap with contrasting white stitching. Hopefully, this watch should deliver before the holidays around Christmas time 2013.

Today, Panerai is 70% manufactured in-house movements 30% other movements. The new PAM00510 is the next logical step that will assist Panerai in becoming 100% in house manufacturer within the next few years. Those of you who want a piece of early Panerai still can with the Panerai PAM00111. It will only be around for a little while longer, I guarantee that once its discontinued and sold out, it will become seriously collectible.

Technical Specs for the Panerai PAM00111

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP XI calibre, 16½ lignes, 17 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Swan’s neck regulator. Power reserve 56 hours. Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges. It is tested and certified by C.O.S.C.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, small seconds.

CASE

Diameter 44 mm, AISI 316L Polished steel.

BEZEL

Polished steel.

BACK

See-through sapphire crystal.

DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN

(protected as a trademark) Brushed steel.

DIAL

Black with luminous Arabic numerals and markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, formed of corundum, 3.5 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

WATER-RESISTANCE

30 bar (~300 metres).

STRAP

PANERAI personalised leather strap and large size steel buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.

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

Retail $6,800

Panerai PAM00399: A return to Rolex DNA

by amitdevhanda

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PAM00399

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Movement of the PAM00399

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Wrist Shot of the Panerai PAM00399

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Left: Panerai PAM00399 Right: PAM00372

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Vintage PAM00372 and Vintage Rolex 6154
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The Rolex Brevet Crown
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Rolex ref#6154
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Originally, Panerai watches and movements were made by Rolex. If you look at the original Panerai designs from the early 1920′-1950’s you can totally see Rolex DNA. In fact, Panerai is the only brand that Rolex has ever affiliated itself with. The Rolex Ref#6154 is the inspiration for the 2012 release Panerai PAM00399. The vintage Panerai watches with vintage Rolex ligne movements command hundreds of thousands of dollars today at auction,

The PAM00399 is basically the Panerai 1950 case in 47 mm without the device protecting the crown is stainless steel. The dial is a black  sandwich dial, which has been treated to look vintage. with the 12, 3 6, 9 Arabic numerals and luminous indices for the rest of the numbers. The watch has been fitted with an original Minerva Base hand wound movement from the 1930’s, which has been re-finished according to Panerais modern-day specs. The crown is a screw down brevet crown, which is a tribute to the original reference #6154.

I have to say, even though the PAM00399 is not my ideal choice watch,  it’s an outstanding piece for anyone who wants something completely historic, in that it’s the first time we see the transition from Radiomir to Lumionor case, while witnessing Rolexes timeless design. This watch is so exclusive that it can’t be purchased singly because it comes in a set with the same watch in rose gold. There are only 100 sets produced for the world and they are packaged together in a specialty box which retails for $82,100.  If this watch had all four Panerai Arabic numerals like the Rolex ref#6154, this would be the only other Panerai watch that I would own.

Technical Details of Panerai PAM00399

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP XXVII calibre, base Minerva 16-17, 16¾ lignes, 18 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 18,000 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Swan’s neck regulator. Power reserve 55 hours.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, small seconds.

 

CASE

Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel. Screw-down winding crown personalized OP. 

BEZEL

Polished steel.

BACK

See-through sapphire crystal.

DIAL

Black, with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.

 

CRYSTAL

Plexiglas®, 3 mm thick.

WATER-RESISTANCE

3 bar (~30 metres).

STRAP

PANERAI personalised leather strap and large-size polished steel buckle.

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