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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.

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
pic courtesy of Jake’s Rolex World

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The Rolex Brevet Crown
pic courtesy of Jake’s Rolex World

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Rolex ref#6154
pic courtesy of Jakes’s Rolex World

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

Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir 47 mm S.L.C. 3 Days the video

by amitdevhanda

So, hopefully you read the article, now it’s time to watch the video. Please click the play button to learn about the Panerai PAM00425

 

 

The Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days is the best valued watch in the current Panerai collection

by amitdevhanda

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PAM00425- Panerai Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days
pic courtesy of http://www.panerai.com

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wrist shot of Panerai PAM00425

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live shot of the PAM00425

I know it’s about to get crazy with all the Baselworld 2013 coverage coming up within a day as Baselworld is officially under way tomorrow on April 25, 2013. I thought I would sneak in my favorite Radiomir in the current Panerai collection, the highly sought after Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days.

The toughest challenge has been finding this watch in stock, whether it’s from a Panerai Boutique or an authorized Panerai retailer as it’s rare with only 1500 pieces for the world being produced. Recently, I was lucky enough to locate the watch locally in Las Vegas at an authorized dealer and actually had the opportunity to try it on. Man, I was absolutely blown away with how cool this watch really is. This watch couldn’t be more perfect except for one or two small details, but I will get to that in just a bit. I have never been a huge fan of the Radiomir case, because It has always been a little bit too small and dressy for me. To be honest, I can’t wear a Panerai smaller than 47 mm but this watch has restored my faith in the Radiomir  product line because of its size and style. I like wearing my watches everyday and the PAM00425 is definitely a daily wearing watch despite the fact that it has the refined wired lugs and screw down onion crown.

Since the Radiomir case is cushion shaped, it hugs the wrist like no other watch, basically it’s extremely comfortable. The watch is stainless steel so it has a great weight to it and the size of course couldn’t be more perfect at 47 mm. The PAM00425 was inspired by a watch that was originally a prototype from 1936 commissioned by the Italian Marina Militaire and produced by Panerai and Figlio in 1938. The dial  of the watch is amazing because it’s so simple in the execution of the luminous vertical and horizontal hour markers and dots.  In fact, 5 years ago, I wrote about how I thought Panerai would make this watch and all the collectors thought I was nuts, but now the proof is in the pudding. The dial has such a beautiful Patina, that it further enhances it’s vintage aesthetic to a nice grey/black  making it look more original.

This watch has the modern-day in -house P3000 hand wound movement which is very robust and reliable. They crystal of this watch is made out of sapphire which is great because it’s scratch resistant, but I have to say, on these historic Panerai watches, I really prefer the plexi glass  crystal because of it’s attention to detail and authenticity. The dial has the torpedo above the six o’clock position on it which to me is overkill. I don’t understand why they would do this on a piece that is historic. Then again, the rumor is because this is the first year of its production with an O serial#, The P serial # that will follow will not have the torpedo on the dial making the O serial number much more collectible. The dial is brought together with gold hands, which gives this watch class and distinction.

The strap of the watch is known as the Assolutamente strap which is a cigar brown color. The strap feels like suede because of its texture, but it’s actually a Tuscan calf. This aged looking calf is another highlight to making the watch look vintage and original.

Finally, we come to the price of the watch. To get into a decent Panerai today, you need to spend at least 8 grand to get one with an in-house movement. To me this watch is the best valued watch in the Panerai Collection at $8,700 because you are getting so much bang for your buck. From the vintage look, to the exclusive amount of pieces being made, to the 47 mm size and the in house manufactured movement 3 Day manual wind movement, to something completely unique and different from any other Panerai watch in the collection, what more can one ask for?

Technical Info for the Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 16½ lignes, 5.3 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 160 components.

 

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes.

CASE

Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Screw-down winding crown personalised OP.

BEZEL

Polished steel.

BACK

See-through sapphire crystal.

DIAL

Black with luminous hour markers. 

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

            

WATER-RESISTANCE

10 bar (~100 metres).

STRAP

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

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

Current Retail- $8,700

Watch Concierge Video

by amitdevhanda

Hey watch fanatics. This is Amit Dev Handa, your personal Luxury Timepiece Concierge.  Have you ever wanted to buy a watch and not sure how to go about it? Well, the time has come when you need to get your very own personal Luxury Timepiece Concierge. What is a Luxury Timepiece Concierge? You will just have to play the video to find out.

The Panerai PAM00233 is the unsung hero in their collection

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00233- Luminor 1950 8 Day GMT

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wrist shot of the Panerai PAM00233

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The caseback and movement

2006 was a land mark yer for Panerai. You could say they had their horological bar mitzvha, going from regular pedestrian movements to in-house manufactured movements that year.

The watch that really kicked it off and is a symbol of the progression of their evolution is the PAM0233 -Luminor 1950 8 Day GMT.  This watch took the 1950 case in a 44 mm diameter in a brushed stainless steel case, a sandwich dial with engraved Arabic numerals for the ultimate throwback to vintage, a linear 8 day power reserve indicator and an in-house 8 day P2002 manual wind movement for a modern day engine.

To me, the PAM00233 is the unsung hero of the entire Panerai collection because it truly embodies what the company stands for today from a historic and modern-day perspective and has the two most useful complications in the industry of power reserve and second timezone.

Over the last 7 years, The PAM00233 has undergone some subtle but important changes including in 2007, a new case back with the OP logo engraving and in 2009 the day/night disc was changed out to a much more legible am/pm indicator making the dial look cleaner and not as crowded. This watch is fitted with an Italo/Tunnel strap which is unique to this watch only.

I am very partial to the 1950 47 mm case because I love the vintage aspect, but I must say even though the PAM00233  is a 44 mm case this watch is extremely comfortable and is the perfect juxtaposition between modern, vintage and classic. To their credit, it is a real testament to Panerai and their quest for digging deep to ensure their relevance in the watch world.

Technical Detail for the PAM00233

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.2002 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 6.6 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 8 days with linear indicator, three barrels, seconds reset device. 247 components.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, 24h indicator, linear power reserve indicator, seconds reset.

 

CASE

Diameter 44 mm, AISI 316L  brushed 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 hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds and 24h indicator at 9 o’clock, linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

WATER-RESISTANCE

10 bar (~100 metres).

STRAP

PANERAI personalised calf strap and large-size brushed steel buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable rubber strap and a steel screwdriver.

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

Retail $14,900

Did you know the cast of the Expendables wore Panerai watches in both movies?

by amitdevhanda

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Sylvester Stallone is definitely a pioneer when it comes to Panerai watches . He was one of the first people in the world to wear it. He set the precedent for wearing over sized watches and as a result quickly became the unofficial ambassador for Panerai.

In 2010, when the first Expendables movie came out, he made sure some of the cast members wore the PAM00332 which is the  Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante in black ceramic. This was amazing because the watch got just as much movie time as the actors wearing it. As the movie focused on the biggest action heroes in the world from Stallone to Swarzennegger and everyone in between, you also got an idea of the true scale of how the watch looked because you had actors with different builds and heights. The watch really did this movie justice by exuding masculinity  and confidence combined with a very subtle and practical utilitarian aspect.

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Panerai PAM00332

The second Expendables movie put Panerai in overdrive as now you have the entire cast of the movie wearing it. For this movie the entire cast wore the highly collectible, cool and sought after Panerai PAM00382 which is the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo 47mm. The interesting thing about this watch is that when it was announced and SIHH in Geneva 2011,  the reception to this watch wasn’t very strong because it was the first time Panerai used a bronze case. People were uncertain and skeptical. When the watch physically came out later that year and collectors took notice, they realized the watch oxidized by simply rubbing ketchup and vinegar on the bronze case which would bring the watch back to its natural luster. Very quickly this news spread like wild fire and further peeked the interest of many around the world and became a huge hit.

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Panerai PAM00382

Due to the fact the case was bronze and looks gold, this watch definitely stood out more in the second Expendables movie . Also, you had more actors wearing this watch than in the first one, so it was literally everywhere. Today, the Bronzo PAM 00382 has become a bigger hit than the movie within watch collecting circles and trades for as high as $30,000 which is amazing considering it’s original retail was only $11,600.

Panerai Left-Handed Destro

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00219- Left-Handed Luminor Base pic courtesy of http://www.panerai.com

It’s no secret I am  just a little obsessed about Panerai watches. I have been a loyal supporter and have been wearing this brand for over 10 years now. I never have owned or dug deep into the depths of the highly coveted Destro or Left-Handed watches Panerai makes.

Firstly , I would love to own one because  they are a major part of Panerai watch history and DNA and secondly because they are really bad ass looking and different from any Panerai watch out there today.

Historically, the left-handed Panerai Destro came out in the 1940’s and were made for Italian Naval Officers to wear on their right hand while their wrist watch was worn on the left hand. This also served a purpose for visibility as they were over sized depth gauges and because the device protecting the crown was on the opposite side of the case, it was easy for the Naval officers to wind so their glove wouldn’t get in the way. This also insured that if one of their watches for any reason broke under water, they would have another watch on their other wrist to time their descents.

The Panerai Destro or Left-handed has become a cult watch amongst collectors and enthusiasts alike.  These watches have evolved into some of the most popular and highly collectible pieces from Panerais arsenal. Some of these pieces like the PAM00217, left-handed 47 mm 1950 Marina Militaire retailed some seven years ago for $9,900 and today if you can find one $19,000 isn’t unreasoanble at all!

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Panerai PAM00217- 1950 47 mm Marina Militaire

If you want to get your hands on a production piece that Panerai makes today and have something exclusive, different and a symbol of Panerais history, then you should buy the PAM00219, pictured below.  Since it’s release in 2005 till now they have only manufactured 3,500 pieces for the world, which is less than 500 pieces a year. This watch has a sandwich dial, hand wound ETA movement with Geneva striping, 44 mm stainless steel case, see through case back and retails for $7,300

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live shot of the Panerai PAM00219- 44 mm stainless steel Left-Handed Base

Technical Info for PAM00219

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP X 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.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes.

CASE

Diameter 44mm, 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.

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

Panerai price increase 2013: Not Happening for the US

by amitdevhanda

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The other day I speculated that Panerai will have a price increase April 1,2103 in the US based on information that they are having a price increase in Europe. In no way did I confirm this on Panerai’s behalf.  In fact I made it very clear that Panerai did not confirm this and it was my guess that Panerai was going to go up in the US .  I stand corrected and have been made aware that my guess was wrong and Panerai is not going up in the US April 1, 2013.

For those of you who felt in anyway that I miss informed you, I do apologize. With the way prices have been going up and the information I was given it seemed very much that this was what’s going to be the case.