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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

 

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 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.

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.

Daniel Riedo is the newest CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre

by amitdevhanda

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Daniel Riedo new CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Now that newly appointed CEO of Montblanc, Jerome Lambert, is no longer running sister brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, it leaves the question, Who will take his place? As of July 1 ,2013 Daniel Riedo became the newest CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre worldwide. Mr Riedo will have some pretty big shoes to fill, but I am sure he can accomplish this with sophistication, style and grace.

Daniel Riedo joined Jaeger-LeCoutlre in January of 2011 as an Industrial Director.  He is no stranger to taking on big projects and new challenges. Before he joined Jaeger-LeCoultre, he spent over twelve years with the Rolex Group, where he headed up production at Rolex Geneva and at the same time executed Marketing Development for Tudor.

Mr Riedos experience with the biggest brand in the world combined with his education where he graduated from the University of Geneva in corporate management and of the Geneva School of Engineering, will give this brand a broader prospective and catapult them to a different level globally.

a close look at the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm

by amitdevhanda

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Since 1994, Omega has been a proud sponsor of the Americas Cup Racing Challenge. In support and sponsor of Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) for the 2013, Omega have released a very special watch known as the Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETZN Limited Edition

I recently had the privilege to play with this watch and I was blown away. Generally speaking, I like really clean and simple watches without a lot of complication, but this watch proved to be a rare exception. From the impressive stainless steel 44mm case, to the grey/black ceramic bezel, to the countdown timer and chronograph functions on the dial, this watch boasts quality, durability and heart all at the same time. The colors of red and black are used throughout the watch dominantly to reinforce Omegas brand identity as well as tie in the colors of ETZN Team Boats.

What makes this watch so easy to read is that the chronograph sub-dials are recessed, which makes the bold and classic Omega white hands and matte black dial pop, while the accents of red are a nice contrast bringing the entire theme of the watch together completely organically. The 44 mm stainless steel case is nice and thick, making it look much more substantial and sporty, while the integrated black rubber strap is comfortable and wearable in any situation.  I even like the way Omega is written on the strap in red.

Even though the movement is not completely in-house, it has a very reliable and well made 3330 movement, which is ETA based combined with a column wheel chronograph and co-axial escapement with silicon parts. The watch is also C.O.S.C. certified for accuracy.

On the underside of the watch, there is  an engraving of the ETNZ team logo and a mark that the watch is to help celebrate the 34th anniversary of the games. This watch is limited to 2013 pieces for the world which is also engraved on the case back. Finally, I am very impressed because you would think  a watch like this would easily be in the $10,000 price range, but it’s very well priced at $6,600 for a limited edition sports watch. To complete the story, Omega has included an addition stainless steel bracelet for versatility which comes packaged in the specialty box.

Technical Specs for the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm ref# 212.32.44.50.01.001

Features

technical data

  • CrystalDomed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • CaseSteel
  • DialBlack
  • Water resistance300 m (1000 feet)
  • SizeCase Diameter: 44 mm
  • Retail $6,600

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

Audemars Piguet celebrates LeBron James 2nd NBA Championship

by amitdevhanda

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Audemars Piguet stainless steel Millenary ref# 4101

Arguably, Lebron James is one of the most accomplished, talented, and influential Basketball players of all time. He recently became Two-Time NBA Champion, where he lead his Miami Heat to victory and was also crowned MVP of the NBA Finals for the second year in a row, which makes him become the third player in league history after Michael Jordan and Bill Russell to win back-to-back Finals MVP and regular-season MVP awards

According to LeBron James “I came here to win championships and to be able to go back to back, two championships in three years, so far, it’s the ultimate.”  Not only is his coach proud of his work ethic, commitment and talent to victory, but watch brand Audemars Piguet, who LeBron James is the ambassador for, congratulates their iconic ambassador and embraces this momentous victory.

LeBron James is the embodiment of Audemars Piguet Brand philosophy “to break the rules, you must first master them”. As a perfectionist and love for the game, LeBron James constantly reinvents himself and pushes his limits. Being a passionate watch enthusiast and ambassador of the brand, LeBron James proudly wears the Audemars Piguet  Millenary 4101 watch in stainless steel.

Technical Specs for the Audemars Piguet Millenary ref#4101 in stainless steel

 47mm x 13mm stainless steel case,

sapphire crystal back, glareproofed sapphire crystal, black and anthracite dial with black off-centred disc,

black small seconds counter, pink gold applied Roman numerals, and pink gold hands,

automatic-winding Audemars Piguet Calibre 4101 movement with small seconds, approximately 60 hours of power reserve,

hand-stitched large square scale black crocodile strap with stainless steel folding buckle. Water resistant to 20 meters.

Retail $ $24,100

How to buy the right watch?

by amitdevhanda

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As a luxury timepiece concierge, I keep hearing that buying a watch is not only stressful, but can be a downright daunting task! I have had many questions about exactly what I do? I wanted to clarify for all of you out there who may be wondering the same. Aside from being a journalist,  I am your personal watch consultant. This means I take the guess work out of buying a watch and will go to bat for you and help you every step of the way in purchasing the right timepiece. From style, complications, size, history, mechanics and competitive price points, I got it all covered, and the best part is, I don’t charge you the client for this luxury service.

I have great relationships and work with the most reputable dealers and boutiques all over the world to ensure that you get the best watches at the most competitive prices. Since I don’t stock any inventory or have a sales staff, this gives me the opportunity and freedom to travel the world and do what I love, help you! Please don’t hesitate to call me at 702.608.0251 and I will be happy to be of service.

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