However, the fact that there is a community called Paneristi does show that there is a lot of love for the brand. The Paneristi community celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and Panerai decided to produce a limited edition Luminor Marina Base PAM to celebrate this anniversary, limited to pieces only. Panerai gave me the watch on loan for a couple of weeks to give it a try.
A limited edition is something desirable too. Both watches, ref. They are only differentiated by their dials and a minor change on the movement.
You might think that all the Panerais are exactly the same. Well, they all share several common features and design codes fonts, sandwich dials, cushion-shaped case…. However, inside the catalog of the Italian Officinewe have to differentiate 4 collections: the Radiomir with its wired-loop attachments, the Radiomir with its lugs integrated to the case, the classical Luminor known as the modern interpretation and the Luminorthe vintage-inspired editions of the Luminor.
This week we come to the second of the two, a series that while a little younger in age does not lack in comparative heritage: the Panerai Luminor. Released in — and representing a transition in luminescence from the radium-based paste of the Radiomir to the tritium-based Luminor substance — this new watch seemed at the time to be a fluid progression of one series into another. Today, the Panerai Luminor series is separated into two sub-series, the Luminor and the Luminorand is regarded as an iconic watch that has led the way for contemporary aquatic-oriented and diving watches.
In PaneraiVintage. Introduced as a limited edition of just 1, pieces inthe design of the Fiddy — as it has become affectionately known — was inspired by an original Panerai watch design from yes, you guessed it, This is largely because it is heavily imbued with what I can only describe as the DNA of the brand.
In order to pay tribute to the rich history of Panerai, the french auction house Artcurial will hold a dedicated auction with not less than watches, including some of the rarest and more collectible examples of PAMs. For years, it supplied precision instruments to the Italian Navy, originally equipping the frogmen commandos. The projects conceived during this period, such as the Luminor and Radiomir watches, were concealed for years, regulated by military secrecy, until the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group inand was subsequently launched on the international market.
The early References chapter I and chapter II are explained and with rich reference to several variants by their number groups. This overview is complimented by the legendary Mare Nostrum chronograph chapter IIIrare compasses chapter IV used in the Second World War and some of the few straps and buckles which rarely survived after more than 70 years chapter V. They give precise information about the stages of his training and his successful missions at the western and eastern fronts.
We now managed to get our hands on to a piece with very unique patina, which we found so thrilling that we dedicated it a little photo story. Ever since then he wore it constantly during his annual beach holidays. So the watch was faced with a lot of salt water and sun- heat. Two factors that have some decisive impact on the patina of bronze material.
What started in as an exercise in limited-run exclusivity has become a franchise-within-a-franchise that spans the spectrum from dive watches to borderline dress options. The PAM was kind of a big deal. As an homage that stopped short of a factory replica, the PAM drew upon the authenticity inherent in its SPECWAR shape and the swagger of its generous size to become an instant favorite of the burgeoning oversized sports watch segment.
Created in for deck officers in the navy, this chronograph with two push buttons, is one of just two or three prototypes made at the time. Acquiring vintage timepieces can be a tricky business - as with any specialist collectable, if you are not in the know, how do you know where to look? Independent auction houses are a good place to start and the best ones are increasingly savvy to the fact that beyond the inner workings that make a watch tick, design is a key factor in collecting.