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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.

Richard Mille is coming to Las Vegas

by amitdevhanda

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Crystals Shopping Mall  at City Center in Las Vegas is one of the most high-end retail shopping experiences in the world . They house every major fashion and luxury maison from Louis Vuitton to Paul Smith to Swatch Tourbillon and many others. Very soon, iconic and technical watch brand, Richard Mille will open its second US Boutique here.

Richard Mille opened its first US Boutique in Beverly Hills in 2010. I remember what a big deal that was considering the troubled  economy and how niche this brand is. With introductory price points of $50,000 and up, one would think, who can afford it? Believe me, in Vegas anything goes. This is the perfect location for Richard Mille to have its presence in the United States because Vegas is opulent and outlandish.

When you walk into Crystals, the Richard Mille Construction wall is up with a very cool image of Richard Mille watches and silhouettes of construction workers and writing under Richard Mille that just says “soon”. This state of the art boutique will use interesting materials like Makassar wood, Corian stone, leather, steel and anti-reflective glass to assemble an innovative  boutique to house their incredibly technical and exotic timepieces. Due to the high value of these watches and exclusivity, this new boutique will have a separate area for their VIP guests.  Once this boutique is completed, this will be Richard Mille’s fifteenth boutique worldwide.

Hermes at JCK 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Hermes Arceau Chronograph Bridon

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Hermes Dressage Chronograph Blk Dial

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Hermes Dressage Chronograph Slvr Dial

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Hermes Cape Cod GMT Blue Dial

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Hermes Cape Cod GMT Slvr Dial

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Hermes Clipper Sport Blue Dial

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Hermes Clipper Sport Green Dial

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Hermes Clipper Sport Silver Dial

Hermes is the most iconic and acclaimed fashion house in the entire industry. They are a family owned company who started as saddle makers, and stand for tradition, class and distinction. They are probably one out of two fashion brands that I really respect in the watch industry, that manufacture their own watches.

At this JCK 2013, I was able to see the new collection in its entirety and it looks incredible. When I was in retail almost six years ago, I sold Hermes watches and I noticed they are a brand to look out for in the future, and after seeing what I saw this JCK 2013, my hunch was indeed correct.

The brand has progressed immensely with complications and design. I like that there are not too many models within the collection and yet there is enough variety within the core to make this a real watch brand. It also doesn’t hurt that Hermes has a 20% stake in the movement manufacturing company Vaucher. For those of you unfamiliar with Vaucher, they are a movement manufacturer owned  by complicated,well finished, and technical watch brand Parmigiani.  Needless to say, the quality is there in Hermes watches as the more complicated pieces use Vaucher movements.

When you take a look at the construction of the watches made by most of the fashion brands, they can look cheap and lack creativity. This is not the case with Hermes. Since Hermes is the most prestigious maison that fashion has to offer, they make sure that their watches uphold the same image and high quality standards as the rest of the products they manufacture.

My favorite watch in the Hermes collection which embodies the brands identity and yet is a serious watch, is the Arceau Chronograph Bridon in stainless steel. This watch couldn’t be cleaner for a chronograph. A lot chronograph watches are so crowded and incredibly cluttered that you can’t read the dial because it’s so distracting and confusing. The Hermes Chronograph Bridon incorporates a silvered dial, with jet black whimsically scripted Arabic Numerals around the edge of the dial, while leaving plenty of room for a three registered chronograph subdials with Hermes orange hands. This subtle nuance and pop of color makes this watch completely distinctive and iconic from the rest of the collection. Hermes truly pays homage to their roots as a saddle maker  with their stirrup-shaped asymmetric lugs, their strap, inspired by riding bridles, made out of historic bridle leather is a very strong and durable material.  The small leather bit known as a bradoon reinforces the strap attachment to the case with distinctive saddle stitching, which shows off Hermes expertise and attention to detail as a saddle-maker.

With a creative collection like the Hermes Arceau Chronograph Bridon, there is no doubt in my mind that Hermes is slowly making strides in becoming a serious player in the luxury watch market.

Technical Specs for the Hermes Arceau Bridon

Chrono Bridon
Round, 43 mm in diameter
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Water resistance
5 atm
. Type
Mechanical self-winding
movement, crafted in Switzerland
. Diameter
28.2 mm (12 ½’’’)
. Thickness
6.1 mm
. Power Reserve
42 hours
. Jewelling
37 jewels
. Frequency
28’800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz
. Time functions
Hours, minutes,
seconds at 3 o’clock, date
. Chrono. functions
60-seconds counter by central hand
30-minutes counter at 9 o’clock,
12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Matt white, dark-brown transfer
Dark blue, light-grey transfer
bony, etoupe transfer
22 mm
17 mm safety folding clasp in steel
Matt white dial:
Natural bridle leather with bradoon
at 12 o’clock
Dark blue dial:
Smooth indigo blue calf with bradoon
at 12 o’clock
bony dial:
bony Barenia calf strap with bradoon
at 12 o’clock

Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos clock for Hermes

by amitdevhanda

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Atmos Hermes Clock-Front

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Atmos Hermes Clock -Back

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Atmos Hermes Clock -Side

Jaeger- LeCoultre is historically renowned for making the best and most innovative timepieces in the world as well as their iconic and innovative Atmos Clock which has always been minimalist art deco at its best.

In 1928, Jaeger-LeCoultre developed an amazing mechanism which doesn’t require a battery,  electric current or winding. It lives on air by means of an ingenious principle: a hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gases that expands when the temperature rises and contracts when it drops. This capsule is connected to the mainspring of the clock, the capsule acts like a concertina or a pair of bellows, thereby constantly winding the mechanism. The impressive part of this technical ingenuity is that it is so sensitive that a one-degree temperature difference is enough to power it for 48 hours.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre recently  stepped up their game when they joined forces with luxury fashion brand Hermes to make a limited edition Atmos Clock known as Atmos Hermes. This clock is limited to 176 pieces for the world and literally lives on air.

The crystal sphere structure is manufactured by Les Cristalleries de Saint-Louis who have been producing glassware creations since 1586. Filigree glass, glass dyed in the mass, pressed (pattern) glass, handblown glass, hand-carved, engraved and decorated glass; opaline glass or double or triple-overlaid glass. Les Cristalleries de Saint-Louis has been part of the Maison Hermès since 1989.

Technical Info
Shape/dimensions Sphere: 276mm x 276mm x 272mm – Transparent crystal globe from Les Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, lined with white enamel, with a Rhodiumed 172mm diameter base. Weight 10 kg (+/- 1 kg). Glass extra-white mineral glass with black silkscreen printing – Hands black dauphine type

Movement is the Swiss mechanical perpetual winding JLC in-house caliber 560a with 15 jewels, and one vibration per minute.