Sunday, February 28, 2010

PAM323 Radiomir 10 Days GMT

One of the new watches that was introduced at the SIHH in January this year is the PAM323 Radiomir 10 Days GMT. To my knowledge this is the second Panerai in a large Radiomir case with an automatic movement. The first one was the 45mm PAM287. The new PAM323 however has a 47mm case and it has an in-house movement (P.2003/50) - as opposed to the 287 which has a OPIII ETA based movement. There are 3 other older automatic Radiomirs but these all have smaller case sizes, the PAM62 and PAM103 (both 40mm) and the 42mm PAM141.

Panerai PAM323 Radiomir 10 Days GMT
Panerai PAM323 Radiomir 10 Days GMT

Another interesting detail is that Panerai uses a circular power reserve indicator on the dial above the six, as opposed to the horizontal version on for instance the PAM268. The watch has a polished steel case and bezel and it has a sapphire crystal case back (photo below).

Panerai PAM323 Radiomir 10 Days GMT
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Linde Werdelin Oktopus photo essay

I had the opportunity to take photos of two Linde Werdelin Oktopus watches. The first one is the DLC version and the second one is made of grade 5 titanium and it has a black lacquer bezel. The watches are both stunning in person and comfortable on the wrist too.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC (left) and Titanium (right)

Both watches are designed so that the Linde Werdelin instruments "The Reef" (diving) and "The Rock" (skiing) can be attached. You can find more information about these instruments on the Linde Werdeling website: www.lindewerdelin.com/products/instruments. The photo below shows the titanium Oktopus and one of the instruments in the background.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Titanium and The Reef

According to the LW website, the Oktopus is the first LW watch to have different case dimensions in order to increase the water resistance to 1.111m and to withstand pressure of more than 110 ATM. The Oktopus also carries an integrated Helium Escape Valve at 9 o'clock to release pressure during resurface time. Both watches are of course essentially dive watches. The movement is ETA based.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC

Both the Oktopus Titanium and the Oktopus DLC (above) are limited to 88 pieces. The titanium version has a list price of 5700 Euro and the DLC version is priced at 5900 Euro.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC

I posted the photo below elsewhere and I was asked how I managed to get the reflection at the bottom. This is in fact very simple to achieve, just use a reflective background. For this particular photo the watch was positioned on black glass. I position two strobes on the left and on the right behind the watch. A third strobe was used to light the dial. With hindsight, I should have changed the output settings of the third strobe for more light on the hands. I used a high sync speed (1/125th) to make sure that the background was entirely black by not allowing any ambient light to reach the camera sensor.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC

The photo of the titanium Oktopus below is my favorite shot. The photo nicely shows the black lacquer bezel and there's just enough light on the dial to show its pattern.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
My favorite shot

Here's a final show of the two watches together. You can find the rest of the photos (34 in total) on paneristipix.com.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
DLC and Titanium - click the photos for a larger version

All photos © 2010 M.Wilmsen - Do not copy without permission.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Panerai Submersible 24A

Some collectible Panerai watches can still be had for a reasonable price. The early Panerai submersible PAM24 is such a wristwatch. Although the PAM24 is still in production, the A,B and C series are special because these models have an all-polished bezel. The A-series (1998) was the first Vendome submersible and had a t-dial (tritium). The current production is fitted with a Luminova dial and it has a bezel with marks between the 12 o'clock and the 3 o'clock position.

Panerai 24A Submersible polished bezel
Panerai Submersible PAM24 A-series

A known issue with the early submersible PAM24 is that the tritium on the skeleton hands may start to crack and even flake. This isn't necessarily a problem, in fact it adds character. This doesn't occur on just the PAM24, I've seen it on other older models with skeleton tritium hands as well.

Panerai 24A Submersible t-dial
The 24 has skeleton hands and a t-dial

Panerai produced 1,500 units in the A,B and C series. So there are 4,500 pieces in total with a polished bezel and a t-dial. From D and onwards Panerai produced another 12,200 units of the PAM24 for a total of 16,700 watches. That's an impressive number if you consider the limited production runs that Panerai are known for. The PAM24 is of course one of the longest running Panerai models.

Panerai 24A Submersible polished bezel
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You can find more photos of this PAM24A on paneristipix.com.

All photos © 2010 M.Wilmsen
Thanks to ML.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The new 8 days Radiomir - Panerai 346

Another new Radiomir that Panerai introduced at this year's SIHH is the Panerai PAM346. My head tells me that the special edition PAM339 should be my favorite of the new line up. But the combination of a titanium case, gold hands, a tobacco brown dial and a hand wound movement with an 8 day power reserve forces me to choose with my heart instead. For the new PAM346. This watch is such a stunning and functional piece - a perfect watch for daily use.

Panerai PAM346 Radiomir 8 days
Panerai PAM346 Radiomir 8 Days

I'm sure that many die hard Panerai followers will question the fact that the watch has a cyclops above the date window - most likely one of the reasons for the PAM268 not being that popular within this group. As much as I love the so called base watches (no sub seconds, no date) - I like watches with a date function too. And imo the so called cyclops actually looks good on some watches, definitely on this new 346.

Panerai PAM346 Radiomir 8 days
Radiomir 8 Days case back

The PAM346 is powered by Panerai's in-house P.2002/9 Calibre. The base of this hand-wound movement is the same as the movement that is used in e.g. the PAM233 and PAM268. But this version has been changed to accommodate a power reserve indicator on the back of the watch - as opposed to the horizontal power reserve indicator (aka the fang) on the dial of the 233 and 268. You can see the indicator in the above photo.

Panerai PAM346 Radiomir 8 days
Panerai PAM346 Radiomir 8 Days

Panerai previously sold its watches under the categories historic, contemporary and manifattura. The latter was used to group the watches with the in-house movements built by Panerai. Things have changed a bit this year and so the PAM346 is part of the historic line, where it previously would have been part of the Manifattura line because of its in-house movement. All Panerai watches with a hand-wound mechanical movement - in-house or sourced from other parties - are now called historic. The reasoning behind this change over isn't clear to me but I'm sure it will make sense one day.

All photos © M.Wilmsen 2010 - taken at the SIHH in Geneva. More photos on paneristipix.com - PAM346.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

The new Panerai PAM29

Panerai has released two re-editions of existing Vendome watches in the last two years. 2008 brought us the PVD destro PAM26 and in 2009 there was the PAM28. Panerai are continuing this new tradition by introducing a re-edition of the PAM29 at this year's SIHH in Geneva.

Panerai Special Edition 2010 PAM29
Panerai special edition 2010 PAM29

All three aforementioned watches are Special Edition watches, which means that Panerai will produce a limited number of watches in the year of release only. The PAM26 and PAM28 were both limited to 1,000 pieces - there will be only 500 pieces of the new PAM29.

Panerai Special Edition 2010 PAM29
Dial detail

The original 29 was produced in 1998 (A) and 1999 (B) only. There were 1,500 pieces in both years. The new PAM29 had small seconds markers on the dial, which has been omitted on the 2010 version. Furthermore the new 29 has Luminova indices and numbers as opposed to the original version for which tritium was used. The dial is a so-called Tuxedo dial with vertical stripes. This is one of few Panerai watches with a central seconds hand. Most Panerai watches have a small sub seconds dial at the 9 o'clock position. The watch also has a 24 hour GMT function and a date function with a magnification lens (aka cyclops) at the 3 o'clock position.

Panerai Special Edition 2010 PAM29
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You can see photos of the original version of this watch in the reference section on paneristi.com.

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All photos © 2010 M.Wilmsen - taken at the 2010 SIHH in Geneva
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