Monday, October 26, 2009

Linde Werdelin 3 Timer Steel Automatic

Hey hang on, this isn't a Panerai... Please forgive me, being passionate about Panerai doesn't mean that I don't like other watches as well. I was introduced to Linde Werdelin by a fellow Paneristi from Denmark. Linde Werdelin is a relatively new Danish company with a line of very interesting and unique looking wrist watches. The company was founded by Morten Linde (creative director) and Jorn Werdelin (managing director). Hence the name of the company.

Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT stainless steel
Linde Werdelin 3 Timer GMT steel / black dial

I borrowed one of their watches for a few days - the 3 Timer - and I have to say that I'm impressed. It's a great looking and - with 3 times zones and a date - a very functional sports watch. The black dial is very interesting, LW call the pattern a "sun ray texture". It is very unique, nothing like the more common hob nail dials or other patterns that you come across.

Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT stainless steel
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The 3 Timer has a bi-directional 24-hour bezel and the GMT function of the watch allows you to keep track of three different time zones.

Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT stainless steel
The black "sun ray textured" dial

The 3 Timer is available in rose gold, steel gold and in three different all steel versions: a limited edition of only 22 pieces with a brown dial, an edition of 222 pieces with a white/silver dial and an edition of 222 pieces with a black dial - shown in this post. The latter with its 4,800 Euro price tag, is the cheapest of the all steel versions.

Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT stainless steel

Would I be interested in owning such a watch? You bet! I can't wait to have a closer look at a few of their other models.

If you want to see more photos that I took of this wrist watch, have a look on paneristipix.com/Linde Werdelin 3 Timer.

More info about Linde Werdelin can be found on their website: www.lindewerdelin.com.

All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Panerai cases, dials and crystals

A couple of months ago, the generous people from Richemont in Amsterdam allowed me to take pictures of a set that they have available for shows et cetera. The set contains cases, dials and crystals showing how these look during the various production stages. It contains the traditional Luminor cases, the 1950's style cases and of course the cushion shaped Radiomir cases. The picture of the Luminor cases and crystals (below) turned out to be one of my persnal favorite Panerai photos. I made a large A3+ size print of it on an Epson 3800 Pro that looks really nice.

Luminor cases
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I lit the above photo with two off camera strobes. I used a SB900 with a honey comb grid directly above the subject and a SB800 at low output power - left of the camera. The crystals in the photo show how these look at the various production stages, from thick and hardly translucent to polished and ready to be used in a watch. It also shows how the dials start out as simple copper plates.

1950's style cases
1950's style case

The above photo shows the 1950's style case - used e.g. for the the Fiddy/PAM 127. It's amazing to see how this case is being machined from a solid block of steel into the beautiful stylish case that it eventually becomes. If anything, having access to this set only increased my admiration for these watches.

Panerai Radiomir style cases
The Panerai Radiomir case

The last photo shows the Radiomir case. Quite different in comparison to the Luminor cases with the typical crown guard for which Panerai is so well known.

Click here if you want to see all 15 photos I took of this set

All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen

Thursday, October 1, 2009

P-Day 8 in Firenze 2009

The yearly Paneristi gathering was held in Florence, Italy this year. The German paneristi crew (Volker, Frank and Thorsten) organized P-Day for the 8th time last September. And they did an amazing job. Well over 100 people from all corners of the world came to Florence to share the passion for the brand that we love so much.

Although the name P-Day would indicate that the event lasted one day, most of the attendees were in the city for 3 or 4 days. Florence is of course one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a special place for Paneristi, the city where it all started.

Here are some of the wrist shots I took in the streets of Florence during the event:

Vintage panerai
Vintage Panerai

Panerai PAM113
Panerai PAM00113

Vintage panerai
Vintage Panerai

Panerai PAM87 and PAM64
Panerai PAM00087 and PAM00064

Panerai Pre A 2
Panerai Pre A 2

To view more of the wrist shots I captured in Firenze, have a look here: "Wrists in the Wild" on paneristipix.com.

All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen