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Review: Panerai Luminor 8 Days
The Luminor has been a staple of Panerai’s collection since the Italian company first opened its doors to the public in 1993, this Base the purest and simplest iteration. It’s been discontinued now—and cost around £4,000 before it was—by something that looks exactly the same but costs over £1,000 more. Why would anyone want to pay that?
Feature: 3 Crazy Watches That Got Even Crazier
Whether we like them or not, big watches are here to stay. Thick, chunky and in your face, these are timepieces that hide under no man's cuff. Like a low, wide car, or a window-shattering concert, there's something inherently appealing about a watch that lets you know you're wearing it. Just as the Bugatti Chiron is too fast for its own tyres, and as the heavy metal band Manowar's 1994 129.5db performance was louder than a jackhammer to the face, there are a few watchmakers out there who want to see just how far they can stretch the limits. Here are three watches that took crazy to the next level.
Feature: The Bronze Age - Tudor, Panerai & IWC
4,000 years ago, humans discovered that if they heated the soft metal copper to 1,000 degrees and sprinkled some arsenic on top, the resulting creation was bronze. This was the first alloy ever made by man, and is much tougher than copper. It was a technological breakthrough in comparison to the stone used for the prior three million years. But that was then, and this now—so why is this outdated material making a resurgence?
Review: Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM00008
You could be forgiven for thinking the watch I'm holding right now is a fake. After all, it says 'Panerai' on it, yet looks nothing like the Radiomir or Luminor shapes the brand has become famous for. I can assure you, however, that this is a legitimate Panerai model, and not just any Panerai model—the Panerai Mare Nostrum is one of the most mysterious Panerai has ever made.
Review: Panerai Radiomir PAM00685 & PAM00687
In 1936, dive gauge manufacturer Officine Panerai and watchmaker Rolex joined forces to build a watch at the request of the Italian Royal Navy. Intended for use during covert, night-time dives, Panerai's expertise gave what was essentially a complete watch from Rolex that extra level of functionality: a glowing dial. With numerals that shone clear and legible at a consistent and unfaltering rate, the Panerai watch was unstoppable. There was just one tiny problem with it, however—that glowing dial was deadly.
Review: Panerai Radiomir Egiziano PAM00341
You may have noticed the trend for larger watches growing in recent years. Case sizes have been expanding from 40mm to 45, 50 and even 55mm. These watches are coming from brands like Hublot, Audemars Piguet, Panerai, and here's the biggest of the lot: the Panerai Radiomir Egiziano 341 at a whopping 60mm. Only this watch is different to the others; this watch set standards in size before it was cool. Way, way before.
News: Panerai Radiomir Brevettato 3 Days
As both the end of the year and SIHH 2017 steam toward us at an alarming rate, we’re starting to see teaser previews trickle out to us in dribs and drabs to pique our interest for the international watch trade fair. Panerai’s sneak peak of the Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio Brevettato PAM685 and PAM687 special edition watches have certainly done just that. Not surprisingly, the pieces draw from Panerai’s substantial and impressive history with the Royal Italian Navy and are beautiful examnples of the brand playing to its strengths.
Feature: Top Four Ceramic Watches
Ten years ago, most people would have associated the word 'ceramic' with potted plants and tea parties. After all, the Greek word that ceramic is derived from—kerameikos—means 'for pottery'. But that's all changed now, and ceramics are once again at the cutting edge of material science, harder, stronger and more impressive than ever before. We take a look at four ceramic watches to see just how good the technology really is.
News: Panerai Luminor Due PAM674
Officine Panerai has come a long way since a certain Sylvester Stallone introduced the world to the brand in 1996’s Daylight. A wartime design reimagined as a fashionista’s collectible, it’s been quite the journey from bottom-dwelling diver to boutique best-seller. Keeping things fresh is a big part of the Panerai ethos, and every year we’re spoilt with a raft of new models, much like this PAM674 Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic.
Review: Panerai Radiomir 1940
There's something about the Italians that attracts an almost religious following. Take Ferrari's Tifosi by way of an example; their dedication to the supercar manufacturer could make even the Pope feel a little unloved. The same phenomenon is seen with Officine Panerai and the Paneristi. They're nothing short of the highest order of Panerai fanatics, committed to the brand with steadfast allegiance.
News: Panerai Luminor 1950 EOT 8 Days GMT
The Earth, as you might know, is tilted on its axis and has an elliptical orbit around the Sun. This means that ‘solar time’—that is, time measured on Earth from the position of the Sun in the sky—varies throughout the year. To compensate for this, most watches tell ‘mean solar time’, which gives us a consistent unit of time to operate from. This ‘civilian time’ can deviate from solar time by as much as 15 minutes—and an equation of time complication is a method of determining the difference between solar and civilian time.
Review: Panerai Luminor Submersible Bronze
With the discovery of bronze, metal objects that were made for years and years could be made better than ever before. From tools, to weapons, to majestic statues we see all across the world. What more fitting of a material to use to create one of the most iconic Panerai models to date than the same metal used to depict sculptures of the gods in ancient Greece and beyond?
Feature: Dive Watches
It's often said that we know more about outer space than we do the bottom of our own oceans, and whether or not that is really true, it's no secret that getting to the bottom of the sea is a complicated endeavour. Pressure in the ocean increases by roughly one atmosphere for every ten metres of depth, and natural light never penetrates the deepest sea - making it a cold, dark and extreme environment to survive.
News: Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days
Panerai's boutique in the heart of Florence has acted as the brand's flagship location for over a century. Over the years, it has expanded and undergone renovation, but it still remains the spiritual home of the company. It is this boutique, the Officine Panerai Firenze San Giovanni, that was the inspiration behind this limited edition Radiomir Firenze 3 Days.
News: Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT
If you've got a spare £27k burning a hole in your pocket, Panerai is providing you with an opportune way to spend it: the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT. The watch is as complicated as its name - in fact, it's the brand’s most complicated piece to date.
Review: Panerai Radiomir GMT PAM00350
There is a certain Marmite-esque quality to Panerai's unmistakable aesthetic. You either love the big, brazen appeal of the military-inspired watches (and in fact, Panerai has a dedicated cult following), or it's simply not your cup of tea. But whatever side you fall, you can’t deny that the brand’s design is at the very least consistent throughout its substantial collection - so much so, that when a new model deviates from the norm, it makes big waves in the world of watches.
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Review: Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740/1G
Forty-two years is a long time. It’s long enough to go from enjoying a carefree childhood to having a serious need to make a will, and for those who’ve spent that time hoping Patek Philippe would fit a grand complication into the quirky Nautilus, the wait was a long one. But now the wait is over.
Feature: £3,000 vs £12,000 vs £40,000 chronograph
The hand wound chronograph is perhaps the foundation of a high-end watch company’s ability to demonstrate its prowess, a complex, intricate assembly unencumbered by a rotor weight hiding the mechanical wizardry going on inside. There’s no better palette upon which to exhibit the art of fine watchmaking—but can you tell the difference between one that’s more affordable and one that’s very expensive?
Feature: Rolex Sea-Dweller vs Tudor Pelagos
If you’re looking to buy a serious dive watch, then the Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 is likely to be right at the top of your wish list. It’s got the history, it’s got the heritage—but it’s also got a problem: the Tudor Pelagos.
Feature: 3 Vintage Heuers
It’s had its ups and downs, TAG Heuer—and perhaps more recently, the ups have been outnumbered by the downs. There’s a positive future on the horizon thanks to the efforts of brand fixer-upper Jean-Claude Biver, but a look to the future isn’t always enough to give us hope—we need to look to the past as well.
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