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Watches & Wonders 2020: Panerai

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Panerai was one of the most active brands during this edition of Watches & Wonders. This is hardly surprising: Jean-Marc Pontroué wants to boost a dynamic and this must be seen. The year 2020 is placed under the sign of the 70th anniversary of Luminor, it is also logical that Panerai structures its main novelties around this theme. In fact, when I think about it, I believe that it should not be easy to develop new products at Panerai...Story

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Panerai: a few words about the Luminor Sealand Year of the Rat

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It's come full circle. Panerai has just unveiled its twelfth watch dedicated to Chinese zodiac signs with the one celebrating the year of the rat. And of course, this watch is based on the same recipe used previously, namely a steel Luminor 44mm base, powered by an automatic P9010 caliber with a 3-day power reserve and released in a Sealand context, i.e. with a lid hinged at 12 o'clock...Story

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A few thoughts about the Panerai Radiomir 3 days Acciaio 47mm with brown dial

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I had the opportunity to see again the Panerai Radiomir 3 days Acciaio 47mm with brown dial a few days ago. This Radiomir with bears the reference PAM687 is one of the recent Panerai watches that I prefer. It was unveiled in the pre-SIHH 2017 context as part of a limited series of 1,000 pieces with its alter ego with black dial, the PAM685 (which is less appealing to me). In fact, every time I see it, I feel that I like it a lot...Story

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Some Mare Nostrum pictures and thoughts.

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Sergio and myself are disagreeing on the Mare Nostrum. I am a big fan of this model, while Sergio doesn't like it. I think that the Mare Nostrum is a superb alternative / interesting option to or for a Panerai collection. The original was a prototype, made in 1942, housing an Angelus movement ( Cal 215 if my memory serves me well ), while the Pre Vendome versions ( 5218-201/A, 5218-302 and 5218-304 ) housed an ETA movement with a Dubois Depraz module, as well as the PAM 6, 7 and 8 and the latest PAM 716...Story

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Fx in Rome: visit of the new Panerai boutique

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Rome is a city on the move from the watchmaking point of view. In a few months, the capital of Italy has been the setting of the openings of a Rolex boutique, a Patek Philippe boutique (both operated by Hausmann, the famous Roman dealer), a Hublot boutique and therefore a Panerai boutique that I propose you to discover. This boutique is interesting from several points of view. It strengthens the presence of the brand in its mother country which is one of its important markets...Story

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Panerai PAM 997: The Good Green dialed Radiomir?

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A few weeks ago, Panerai unveiled a series of Radiomir 1940 Green Dial. The two which caught my eyes are the 995 we already saw, and the 997. The PAM 995 for the record: Two very different watches, despite their green dial. The 995 is 45 mm big, 12, 2 mm high...Story

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SIHH 2019: Panerai Submersible Carbotech Marina Militare 47 mm references PAM 961 and 979.

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While till then Panerai Marina Militare were the apanage of the Luminor line, at the exception of the Radiomir PAM 339, we have, this year a revolution with the introduction of 2 " Marina Militare Submersible ", the PAM 961 and the PAM 979. The PAM 961: The PAM 979: Truth to be told, I don't understand some things, here. First of all, why two very close Submersible badged Marina Militare? Indeed, both come with the same case, bezel, case back ( Carbotech for the case and bezel / Blackened Titanium for the ... ...Story

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Hands on review of the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 days Acciaio PAM790 & PAM791

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The appointment of a new CEO is never a trivial event but it takes a particular dimension at Panerai. Indeed, Angelo Bonati was replaced by Jean-Marc Pontroué a few months ago after 18 years at the head of the brand. A position with such duration necessarily leaves traces and the challenge for Jean-Marc Pontroué is to give a new dynamic, to change certain habits, to adapt Panerai to the realities of the current market while building on the strengths of the brand and its production tool. The roadmap is clear: .....Story

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Hands on review of the Panerai Mare Nostrum 2017 (PAM00716)

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There are two ways to consider a new watch from Panerai when it is inspired by a mythical reference. The first one, which avoids the pitfalls, is to describe it as it is and to forget the historical context. The second one is to address the sore topic: the reaction of the collectors, owners of the original watch. And with the Mare Nostrum, this second way, which is more dangerous, is difficult to avoid because the 2017 version is extremely close (or shall I call it a clone?) to the 1993 Mare Nostrum which .....Story

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SIHH 2017: Panerai PAM 687. Some pictures and thoughts.

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Let's be clear, I don't " buy " the official explanation behind the watch, the fact that it has been introduced by the Italian Navy as a product which might be of interest for them. I don't have a verified explanation, but I always believed that the first Panerai introduced to the Italian Navy was the Ref 2533.A Rolex case and movement with a special dial. 2533: An the document... See the date: Picture and document which I will credit on request...Story

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