Monday, February 28, 2011

PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial

The Panerai Radiomir PAM322 was introduced as a low production Special Edition in 2008. This Radiomir has a 47mm brushed titanium case and its bezel is polished titanium.

Panerai PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial
PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial

The dial is a very subtle brown which is quite hard to capture in photos with flash photography. As you can see in the above and below photos, the dial appears to be black - but in daylight it's definitely brown/grayish.

Panerai PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial
The PAM322 with a painted ammo strap by Kevin

There's a pink gold ring inside the case, a design element that is inspired on one of the vintage Panerai watches. The watch is shown with one of Kevin's painted ammo straps. The original OEM strap is a glossy brown crocodile strap.

Panerai PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial
The dial has a pink gold ring

The movement is the Panerai OP XXVII calibre (16 ¾ lignes, 18 jewels, power reserve of 55 hours) which is based on a Minerva calibre 16-15 movement. This calibre is modified so that the small seconds is at 9 o'clock position - it was originally located at six o'clock position on the Minerva Seconde Grande Authentique.

Panerai PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial
Panerai OP XXVII Minerva movement

The PAM322 has a crystal case back so that you can see its beautifully finished movement. The finishing was actually done by Minerva for Panerai.

Panerai PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial
The watch has a crystal case back (exhibition back)

Panerai introduced the PAM309 at the same time as this PAM322. It's essentially the same watch but it has a black dial and 100 units were produced, as opposed to the even lower production number of the PAM322 which is 50 units. The millesimation of both watches is x/150. 100 units of the 309 and 50 of the brown dialed 322, together this accounts for 150 watches.

Panerai PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial
The sub seconds dial is located at the 9 o'clock position

The PAM322 has a sandwich dial which can be seen in the above and below photos. You can click on the photos for a larger view.

Panerai PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial
The sub seconds dial is located at the 9 o'clock position

Panerai PAM322 Radiomir Titanium Brown dial
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All the photos in this post were taken with a Nikkor 85mm PC-E lens.

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All photos © 2011 M.Wilmsen - do not use my photos without permission.
Thanks to MM for making the watch available to me for taking pictures!

Monday, February 14, 2011

PAM360 straps by French strap makers Septimus straps

So... there's this guy who shaves his head, he's very passionate about Panerai, he enjoys Indian food, he smokes, he drinks beer and he almost goes home with the wrong watch on his wrist after an evening of hanging out in Amsterdam... Nope, it isn't me :)

Enough with the insider jokes. I've been wearing my French ammo strap from Septimus straps more than any other strap I've ever owned since I received it last August. I just love that strap. So when I got a 360, I asked Fran to make me another strap from the same leather. With a black pre-V style buckle of course. I knew to not really expect the exact same leather. None of the ammo pouches are 100% alike. But I was hoping that he could find a piece of leather with the same characteristics. I had to wait a bit because the buckles weren't available, but as I expected - it was definitely worth the wait.

Septimus straps for Panerai
French ammo and a 10 MTP by Septimus straps

To my surprise the package contained another strap. I received the lighter strap in the above photo as a gift. It is made from 10 MTP leather, according to Fran the best leather one can find in France. Thanks again guys! It's very much appreciated. I took a bunch of photos of both straps last weekend. Both are truly amazing and I haven't been able to make up my mind about which one I like best.

First a few pictures of the darker tan French ammo.

Septimus straps for Panerai

Septimus straps for Panerai

Septimus straps for Panerai

Septimus straps for Panerai

And here are a few photos of the lighter 10 MTP strap.

Septimus straps for Panerai

Septimus straps for Panerai

Septimus straps for Panerai

Septimus straps for Panerai

And another one of both straps together.

Septimus straps for Panerai

And since this post is about the PAM360 too, I may as well post these close ups that I took yesterday.

Panerai PAM360 close up

Panerai PAM360 close up

Panerai PAM360 close up

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm

SIHH 2011 is a great year for Panerai enthusiasts. Even watch related web sites that normally don't show much interest in my favorite brand's offerings are writing nothing but positive things about the new releases. And about the direction that Panerai are taking. One of the most written-about new models - and in fact the watch that surprised me the most when I saw it in person - is the Special Edition PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo. A stunning eye catcher in a 47mm bronze case.

PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm
PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm

The people at Panerai are always innovative while being faithful to the history of the brand. Last year's SIHH brought us the new material Panerai composite - never used in watch making before until the PAM339 Radiomir Composite. This year we were surprised by the use of bronze. The use of this material is not new to Panerai. A prototype model of an early Panerai model exists and it is well documented. Bronze has also been used by other brands before, e.g. the AP Bartorelli Scuba has a bronze bezel with a clear coating to prevent oxidation. The Genta Gefica (2008) is another watch that has a bronze case and - like the Panerai PAM382 - it doesn't seem to have such a coating.

PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm
The watch comes with a great looking vintage style strap

Bronze is an age old metal that was used frequently before the discovery of steel. Panerai used a bronze alloy with tin added to it to minimize the effects of corrosion. But its surface will certainly change color over time. This will make every Panerai PAM382 unique as no watch will change in an exact same manner. One might wonder about possible allergic reactions to the skin. The PAM382 however has a titanium case back and buckle, so the bronze will not touch the skin.

PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm
The material used for the case back ring is titanium

The photo below shows the thickness of the case back. Because of this, the watch will so to speak sit high on the wrist and it's unlikely that even the lugs will touch the skin.

PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm
The movement can be seen through the crystal case back

The PAM382 has Panerai's automatic P.9000 calibre which is an in-house movement designed and built entirely by Panerai. The layout of the dial is the same as that of the titanium PAM305 Submersible 1950 47mm which was introduced in 2009 and as the new PAM371 which I will post about later. The Bronzo is obviously much heavier than the 305 and 371. If I remember it well, its weight feels about the same as that of the steel PAM243.

PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm
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The dial of the PAM382 has a subtle greenish hue. To my knowledge this is something that we haven't seen from Panerai before. The dial color is a great match for the bronze case. Especially as the bezel will most likely develop a brown greenish patina over time. On the Panerai website the dial is actually listed as green, not greenish as it is in my recollection.

PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm
The watch comes with a great looking vintage-style strap

Below is a picture of the PAM382 next to the PAM371. Two very nice Special Edition watches and both introduced at this year's SIHH in Geneva where I took all of the photos in this post.

PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm
Two new 47mm submersibles, the PAM371 (left) and the PAM382 Bronzo

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All photos © 2011 M.Wilmsen - do not use these photos without permission

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Saddle straps and Nile crodile straps by Simona di Stefano

Simona di Stefano from Florence, is without a doubt one of the most famous strap makers for Panerai watches. I've posted about her crocodile straps before here on wristwatchphoto.com. Simona always delivers quality and this time I received a few of her latest creations to take pictures.

Simona Saddle strap on a Panerai PAM360
Brown Saddle strap by Simona di Stefano, on a Panerai PAM360

The Saddle strap is made of the highest quality and durable leather. The leather is 4.5mm thick but it is very soft and pliable. The beveled edges - clearly visible in the below photo - give these straps a very unique and stylish look.

Simona Saddle strap on a Panerai PAM360
This saddle strap strap came with a bent PVD buckle - excellent for the 360

The stitches near the lugs are another very nice design detail. The combination of the beveled edges and the softness of the leather makes these straps the most comfortable I've ever tried on my wrist.

Simona Saddle strap on a Panerai PAM127
Black Saddle strap on a Panerai PAM127

Simona makes the Saddle strap in a number of different varieties, a black version in 26mm is shown in the above photo on a Panerai PAM127. Note how these straps have no stitches along the edges which gives these straps a very distinct and classy look. You can order these straps with straight or bent buckles in stainless steel or with a PVD finish (showing in the first photo).

Simona Saddle strap
Black Saddle strap in 26mm

Simona also sent two new straps that are made from Nile crocodile leather. These straps have the same unique beveled edges as the Saddle straps and the same stitchless design.

Simona Crocodile strap on a Panerai PAM233
Dark brown Nile crocodile strap on a Panerai PAM233

Simona Crocodile strap on a Panerai PAM233
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The photo below shows the new style crocodile strap in light brown.

Simona Crocodile strap on a Panerai PAM233
Light brown Nile crocodile strap

You can order these straps on the new website: www.distefanostraps.com or you can contact her directly by e-mail, info @ simonastraps.com.

Finally, here's a photo of my current favorite strap for the PAM243. Thinking about it, I've never even considered a stitchless strap before - and now that I've seen these in person and tried on a few combos, I'm just loving it. I guess it's true that pictures don't always do things justice. The black saddle strap really is the perfect strap for the PAM243.

Simona Black saddle strap on a Panerai PAM243
PAM243 Submersible with Simona's black saddle strap

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

PAM378 Radiomir Oro Rosa 42mm

One of the new Radiomirs that Panerai introduced this year is the PAM378 Radiomir Oro Rosa. At first I confused this watch with the 42mm PAM336 that was introduced at last year's SIHH. Both are pink gold, 42mm, have gold hands and a small seconds dial at the nine o'clock position. But the new PAM378 has a black dial, the dial of the 336 is brown.

Panerai PAM378 Radiomir Oro Rosa 42mm pink gold SIHH 2011
Panerai PAM378 Radiomir Oro Rosa 42mm

The 42mm Radiomir line up may be somewhat overlooked by many Panerai enthusiasts. The reason being the size of these watches. Many Paneristi simply prefer 44mm or larger cases. To be honest, so do I. But the beauty of these new Radiomirs cannot be denied. They make perfect classy dress watches that will fit nicely under your sleeve. That's not the case with many of the larger Panerai models. The 378 comes with a very nice black crocodile strap and a small pink gold thumbnail buckle.

Panerai PAM378 Radiomir Oro Rosa 42mm pink gold SIHH 2011
The PAM378 comes with a black crocodile strap

There are now four 42 Radiomirs in the Historic collection, three of which are shown in the below photo. The PAM337 has a stainless steel case, the PAM338 has a titanium case, and both the PAM336 and the 2011 PAM378 have a pink gold case and gold hands.

Panerai PAM00338 PAM00337 PAM00378
The three black dialed 42mm Radiomirs - the PAM338, PAM337 and PAM378

The below photo shows the SIHH 2010 PAM336, which is the same as the new PAM378 with the exception of its brown dial.

Panerai PAM336 Radiomir Oro Rosa 42mm pink gold SIHH 2010
The PAM336 (introduced in 2010) has a brown dial

The 42mm Radiomirs in the Historic collection all have the hand-wound mechanical Panerai Calibre P.999. This in-house movement has a power reserve of 60 hours and it is completely manufactured by Panerai. The P.999 was introduced in 2010. Panerai are clearly moving away from third party movements all together. The 2011 line up has only three watches with modified third party movements out of 15 new watches! This is an amazing achievement as Panerai has managed to move into this new direction in a relatively short timeframe. My guess is that there will be no new watches with third party movements at all in 2012.

Panerai PAM378 Radiomir Oro Rosa 42mm pink gold SIHH 2011 case back
Case back with a view of the P.999 movement

The PAM378 has a crystal case back which allows the P.999 movement to be admired in all its beauty. Definitively something that should not be hidden under a closed case back, especially with such a classy watch as this pink gold Radiomir. The screw-in crown has the OP logo on it (picture below).

Panerai PAM378 Radiomir Oro Rosa 42mm pink gold SIHH 2011 case back
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All photos © 2011 M.Wilmsen, do not use my photos without permission