Sunday, September 20, 2009

A.B.P. Special tannings alligator straps

It's been a while since I last ordered a strap from Atelier du Bracelet Parisien or A.B.P. The last one I bought from them may even have been two years ago or so. I was looking for a dressy strap for the PAM249 and figured I'd order one of their special tannings alligator straps.

PAM249 with ABP special tannings alligator strap
Panerai PAM249 with ABP special tannings alligator strap

The A.B.P. website features a - what they call - "online workshop" that allows you to exactly specify every detail about the strap that you want. Every ABP strap is made to order and to your exact specifications. They'll let you specify the measures but also the type and color of the stitches, the lining, the thickness and so on. You can even specify the number of holes you want punched and exactly where you want the holes.

PAM249 with ABP special tannings alligator strap
Click the photos for a larger version

They offer a huge choice in leathers including some very unusual ones like ostrich, beaver, toad and even different types of fish skins like salmon, sea bass and eel. The specially treated alligator hides are amongst the best you can get. You can get matt, semi matt (antique) and gloss alligator straps - but their selection of special tannings is the most unique. The strap in this post is one of those special tannings alligator straps.

PAM249 with ABP special tannings alligator strap
The strap tapers from 27mm to 24mm

I accidentally ordered the strap in 27mm/24mm as opposed to 27mm/26mm. But as it turned out, that was a very lucky mistake. The fact that the strap tapers from 27mm to 24mm makes it look even more classy. And I could easily fit one of my 24mm strap buckles. You can find this type of leather in the selection "classic leathers, alligator square scales" and then special tannings ACW1. This particular strap was ordered in the length 85mm/135mm and the thickness is "thick and rounded".

PAM249 with ABP special tannings alligator strap
I choose to have a thick and rounded strap

If you need to contact A.B.P. you can rest assured that they are helpful and very friendly. A.B.P. deliver what you order and they will not disappoint. The quality of their straps is just perfect. You can find further information on their website or you can go straight to their online workshop

PAM249 with ABP special tannings alligator strap
Strap by Atelier du Bracelet Parisien

You can find more photos (36 in total) of this strap combo on

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All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Celebrating Ten Years of

In 2010 it will be 10 years ago that was launched. To celebrate this, New York based artist Eng Tay decided to create a limited edition calendar. There will be 200 pieces and each calendar will be numbered and signed by Eng Tay. I was honored with the request to shoot the photos of the vintage Panerai watches that are featured in the calendar. The graphic design is done by Arif Sani from Indonesia. The photo below shows the cover of the calendar.

paneristi calendar 2010

In keeping with the community spirit of, all profits from this calendar will be donated to The Mulliganeers. You can read more about this project on

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Panerai 1B t-dial

One of the nicer wrist watches that I have owned is the Panerai PAM00001. All the PAM1's in the A-series had a T-dial, the ones in the B-series did not. This particular watch is special in the sense that it is an early B-series watch (1999) - and that it is one of the few that did come with a T-dial (Tritium).

Panera PAM00001 1BT t-dialPanerai PAM00001 B-series t-dial (strap by Justin Chen)

The Tritium paint is quite thick and rounded and it has developed a nice patina over the years, but without showing any signs of deterioration or flaking. One of the things that I did not immediately like when I first came across this watch, was the white sub seconds hand. Its bright white color looked a bit out of place compared to the almost brownish tritium on the black hands. The sub seconds hand is made from plastic that hardly changes color over time. I got used to that real quickly and started to develop a serious appreciation of the watch.

Panera PAM00001 1BT t-dial
Close up of the tritium dial clearly showing the white seconds hand.

The tritium paint of the numbers is much "fatter" than it is on for instance the dial of the earlier PAM00002. You can see this in the below photo of this Panerai 1B next to a Panerai 2A. I would have loved it if the numbers of the 2A were equally fat.

Panera PAM00001 1BT t-dial
1B on the left, 2A on the right. Black strap by Dirk Grandry.

Although the B-series (1998/1999) of the PAM1 has a millesimation of 3,000 units, this does not mean that 3,000 1B's were produced. These 3,000 units were watches of the models 1,2,3,4,9 and 10. Only half of those were fitted with a Tritium dial. I've tried to find out how many 1BT's were produced, but I've never been able to get a definitive answer. Just that it were few, most likely no more than 150 to 250 pieces.

Panera PAM00001 1BT t-dial
You can see that the hands are from the A-series

This 1BT also had the A-series hands. You can tell the difference between A-series and later hands by looking at the tip of the hands. The tritium goes up almost all the way to the end of the hands. Hands that were produced later in time don't have this.

Panera PAM00001 1BT t-dial
t swiss t - close up

Apart from the last close up photo - which I took about a year ago - the ones in this post were the last I took before selling the watch to a collector in Asia.

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All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen