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Panerai PAM00507: The Video

by amitdevhanda

Hey Panerai Fans,

Please take a moment to watch the video below of the highly anticipated Panerai PAM00507 47 1950 Submersible Bronzo 3 Days

 

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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.

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 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

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.