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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.

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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.