Replica Panerai’s “modern-day classics”

At Replica Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, the Florentine firm trained the spotlight on its RADIOMIR 1940, which took its first steps in 2013, with the introduction of a new movement and first-time complications to what is Panerai’s most understated line.

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If there is one word Angelo Bonati loathes above all, that word is “banalisation”. History with a capital H has made Panerai replica watches uk what they are – totally atypical diving “instruments” – so why change a winning formula? A single founding principle split between two product families. End of. Selective distribution, coherent product development, communication… the world of Panerai revolves entirely around Lumior and Radiomir. Any attempt to stray from this path would immediately come up against a brick wall. Angelo Bonati defends this approach: “We did try to introduce changes, particularly in our dials, but it didn’t work. So it’s easy to understand why anything that might interfere with the Panerai image is strictly prohibited.”

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The Paneristi, the brand’s most devoted admirers, simply wouldn’t allow it. Like the tifosi who would sell their Alfa Romeo if it meant tickets to the match, the Florentine firm is probably the only watchmaker to have succeeded in surrounding itself with a community of fans whose passion is so great they would walk on water if they thought the Panerai of their dreams was waiting on the opposite bank. Theirs is a well-organised community with its own forums and a growing membership. In fact its ramifications have spread well beyond the Po to reach China, where Panerai has the dubious honour of being one of the most copied replica watch brands. “You could say it’s the price of success,” says Angelo Bonati, “even though counterfeiting is detrimental to the brand’s image. We can always console ourselves with the thought that the people who knowingly buy a fake Panerai will never count among our customers. They are not the ones we’re in Hong Kong to meet. Watches&Wonders gives us a unique opportunity to talk with real fans in the region who are clearly interested in what we do.”

A “wearable” case

With them in mind, Panerai came to Hong Kong with its fair share of new models, for the most part extensions to the Radiomir 1940 line, introduced two years ago and which doubtless inspired art historian Philippe Daverio for these words: “Only a rare few objects from the first half of the twentieth century have succeeded in withstanding fashion’s trends. Those which have have done far more than simply illustrate a period and its specificities: they have been instrumental in defining them. They are now archetypes, rooted in the collective conscience. This is what is happening with Panerai’s Florentine watches. They are modern-day classics.” Such a style is clearly reflected in the Radiomir 1940 case, which is evidence of how the brand’s products evolved between 1930 and 1950. It retains the cushion shape of the original Radiomir from 1936, but replaces the wire lugs with those to be found on the Luminor 1950 models (which adopted the trademark crown-guard). In addition to this classic style that has every chance of seducing Asian customers, the case has been slimmed to a 42mm size so as to better fit their wrist. And perhaps also to attract women Breitling replica watch-buyers who currently account for just 10% of Panerai’s customers.

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This particular line-up includes a hand-wound Radiomir 1940 equipped with the new P.1000 calibre, which features a seconds reset function and a three-day power reserve delivered by twin barrels. There is also a self-winding version driven by the P.4000 calibre. Joining them are two models with complications that Panerai has previously introduced in other collections, namely a GMT with ten-day power reserve (Calibre P2003/10) in 45mm and 48mm versions, and a GMT Tourbillon, better known as Lo Scienziato (P.2005/S skeleton calibre). In keeping with its policy to release the occasional limited edition, Panerai is also presenting two special editions of 300 units each of its Luminor 1950 3 Days 47mm in titanium. A table clock with a classic Panerai dial beneath a mineral glass sphere adds the finishing touch. A reminder that it never hurts to break with convention from time to time…rahl.co.uk

Replica Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm Review

The Luminor 1950 case was developed by Panerai replica watches uk in the late 1940s to be worn by commandos of the Italian Navy and is inspired by a model created in 1956 for the Egyptian Navy. From that came the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 47 mm, a professional 300-meter divers watch, which until this year was only available in titanium. For 2015, Panerai introduced the same model in a new high-tech material called Carbotech. I recently had the chance to review this distinctive-looking watch. Read on for the results.

The new Carbotech material is designed to enhance both the aesthetics and performance of the case. According to Panerai, it is both lighter and stronger than ceramic or titanium, as well as being hypoallergenic. No two cases are the same due to each layer being compressed in a non-uniform pattern, so in addition to performance benefits, each piece is visually unique to its respective owner.

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The dial:

A black dial with a matte finish perfectly harmonizes with the surfaces of the Carbotech case, which are also completely matte. Large, applied luminous dots mark the hours, with the exception of printed luminous Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock. Oversized, black, luminous, skeletonized hour and minute hands indicate the time, along with the subsidiary small seconds display at 9 o’clock. A blue hand with filled with luminous material continuously circles the small seconds subdial — with blue dots, and luminous indexes marking 15-second graduations — every 60 seconds. A rectangular aperture at 3 o’clock displays the date. Protecting the dial is a slightly convex sapphire crystal.

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The dial is uncluttered and features big, bold markers and hands, so it is, of course, easy to read — even in low light, thanks to the generous application of luminous material. Any good Zenith replica watches should be easy to read, but when it is a professional dive watch, good legibility becomes a prerequisite. In fact, the ISO 6425 dive watch standard explicitly requires this, which is especially important underwater.

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The case:

Carbotech is used on the case middle, bezel and the lever bridge that protects the winding crown. As I mentioned above, the unique structure is both lightweight and strong, even more so than titanium or ceramic. To make the material, thin sheets of carbon fibers are compressed at controlled temperatures under high pressure with a high-end polymer (Polyether Ether Ketone), which binds to the composite material, resulting in superior durability. Further, to ensure aesthetic uniformity, the carbon fibers used are very long, and the sheets are superimposed and pressed together in such a way that the fibers of each layer are set at a different angle from the ones above and below it. The result is a material that is actually lighter and stronger than titanium or ceramic, not to mention resistant to external forces. It is also hypoallergenic and anti-corrosive.

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All of these are benefits; plus, because of the inherent nature of the manufacturing process, each piece has a distinctive look of its own.

The ridged bezel, made from the same Carbotech material as the case, is unidirectional and can track submersion time with a large, luminous dot at zero (12 o’clock position), as well as luminous graduations from zero to 15, with studs marking every five minutes and numerals at 15, 30 and 45. The bezel rotates only counterclockwise and enables the time of immersion to be calculated: a very useful function on a professional underwater instrument that is tested for water-resistance up to 30 bar (about 300 meters).

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The caseback is in solid titanium and features the engraved text, “Florence 1860” — the city and year of Panerai watchmaking’s birth — and the image of a Slow Speed Torpedo (SLC), the notorious “pig” on which, in the 1940s, the commandos of the Italian Navy sailed through the depths of the sea on their missions while wearing instruments made by Panerai.

Unlike with most dive TAG Heuer replica watches sale, especially those with more than 300 meters of water resistance, the crown is not of the screw-down variety. Instead the crown is surrounded by what Panerai calls a crown bridge (or crown protector). Functionally, this consists of a lever pressing up against the crown when in the closed position and essentially performing the same function as a screw-in crown. This is also the feature that gives many Panerais their distinctive, military look.

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With strap attached, the watch weighs 135.5 grams. This is by no means ultra-light. However, considering the size of the case — 47 mm in diameter by 16.8 mm thick by 57.5 mm in length — the total weight is relatively low.

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The Movement:

Inside the watch is the Caliber P.9000 in-house automatic movement, which runs at 4 Hz and consists of 197 components, including 28 jewels. Thanks to two mainspring power barrels, the watch can run autonomously for three days (72 hours). A single-piece rotor winds the movement by moving in both directions thanks to an automatic ratchet device. Although you can not see it because the caseback is solid, the balance wheel is free sprung and adjusted via screws.

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The P.9000 caliber was created entirely by Officine Panerai and is used in multiple Luminor 1950 and Radiomir models. To ensure accuracy when setting the time, the movement includes a device that stops the balance wheel while the hour hand moves forward or backward in increments of one hour without interfering with the progress of the minute hand. The oscillation frequency of the balance is 28,800 vibrations per hour.

The replica watches uk functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date, and calculation of immersion time via the bezel.

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The Details:

The Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic comes with a black, accordion-style rubber divers’ strap that is 24 mm wide at the lugs and 21 mm at the buckle. There is a quick-release strap feature, activated via a button on the back on each lug, on the left side of the caseback. Additonally, the lugs are pierced, which makes it easy to remove the strap by pressing the spring bars with a tool from the side as well.

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On the wrist, the watch is bulky, and you can feel the weight but at no time did it feel too heavy or uncomfortable. The smooth edges and overall ergonomic design results in a surprisingly comfortable experience. This is not something I can say is true of many watches in this size category.

Water-resistance is 300 meters, which is three times the 100 meters required by the ISO 6425 dive watch standard. And even though there is no helium escape valve, I consider this a professional dive watch. Officially announced at SIHH 2015 in January, the Patek Philippe replica watches (Ref. PAM00616) is available in stores now for $17,100.

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The Verdict:

The Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic houses a modern, in-house, automatic caliber, with a useful three-day power reserve, inside a case inspired by Panerai’s rich history, all while offering the benefits of a true professional dive replica Omega watches. Furthermore, the futuristic case material is both technically and visually superb. I especially like the unique pattern of the case, which is different on each and every timepiece. It has a grayish, marbled look that is amazing to see in a watch. For someone like myself, who mostly wears 40-mm diameter cases, this was a nice change, and it was quite fun to realize I was wearing a watch that does not follow but instead sets many of the trend in large watches. Panerai practically invented this category, after all.

Swiss Replica Watches Brands Graham Partners With Navy SEAL Foundation for Limited-Edition Watch

Graham, the Swiss replica watches brand with British roots, has partnered with a decidedly American institution for its new limited-edition watch. This latest version of the Graham Chronofighter Oversize, which launches tonight at a special ceremony aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, is the product of a collaboration with the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The Graham Oversize Chronofighter Navy SEAL Foundation — a limited edition of 500 pieces — makes an immediate martial impression with its gray-toned, digital camouflage-patterned dial. Graham says that the watch was designed with the needs of the U.S. Navy’s highly specialized Sea, Air Land (SEAL) team in mind: the Audemars Piguet replica watches sale has been tested for endurance in climatic conditions ranging from scorching deserts to hot, humid jungles to icy Arctic environments. The watch also embodies “stealth” with the dark hues of its 47-mm-diameter case with black PVD coating, and the use of carbon fiber for the side-mounted “trigger,” a hallmark of Graham’s chronograph watches.

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In addition to the chronograph display (with a central counter hand and a 30-minute totalizer at 6 o’clock, the gray camo dial features a small seconds subdial at 3 o’clock, a round date window at 8 o’clock, and a telemeter scale (calculated 77ºF and miles) on the outer perimeter. Black Super-LumiNova graces the hour and minutes hands. The insignia of the Navy SEAL Foundation — a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing support and assistance to SEALs and their families — appears subtly at 11 o’clock.

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The only splash of color on the watch appears on the sapphire caseback, with the white Foundation logo set against the red, white and blue of Old Glory. The black rubber strap (with pin buckle made of black ceramic) has been reinforced with carbon fiber and features a relief Clous de Paris pattern more often seen on dials and movement parts of other high end IWC replica watches. Beneath the colorful caseback is Graham’s automatic G1747 chronograph movement, with 25 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph, Incabloc shock absorber and 48-hour power reserve.

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The Graham Chronofighter Oversize Navy SEAL Foundation will retail for $8,050; Graham will donate a portion from the sale of each watch to the Navy SEAL Foundation. “The Navy SEAL motto, ‘the only easy day was yesterday,’ is a motto we at Graham live by,” states Eric Loth, Graham’s founder, “as we are always striving to find a way to make a better Graham replica watches uk and a better world. We were drawn to the Navy SEAL Foundation because of their excellent work supporting those who give so much to support others.”

Says Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation: The Navy SEAL Foundation is humbled by GRAHAM’s generous commitment of support to the warriors and families of Naval Special Warfare through the creation and replica Omega watches sale of this very beautiful limited-edition timepiece.”

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For the 2015 Only Omega replica Watch Charity Auction, we have seen many wristwatches thus far.  Today we bring you something different: A table clock!.  Introducing the Thomas Mercer Table Chronometer, The Brittanica for Only Watch 2015.

Thomas Mercer has donated the very first “Brittanica”, an all new, exclusive table chronometer made in collaboration with British furniture designer Jake Phipps. A precision timekeeper with Panerai replica watches sale chronometer escapement – the spring detent, the manually wound movement incorporates an elaborate fusee and chain system providing 8 days of power reserve. Made of stainless steel with fine leather and extra-white crystals, the case measures 183mm x 150mm x 90mm.

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It features a unique dial with celestial map of the constellations, from the point of view of Geneva with the stars aligned for the exact date of the Only Rolex replica Watch 2015 auction – 7 November 2015. The dial’s outer ring is galvanically treated with ruthenium, while the inner constellations map is in bas-relief, with hand-painted blue decorations.

This timepiece will be sold during the Only 2015 replica Omega watches charity auction, with all funds raised benefiting research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.