Sunday, April 17, 2011

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau

Maikel Lau - a friend and well known Paneristi from the Netherlands - previously sold straps under the name LVL straps. Now that Maikel is continuing his strap endeavors on his own, he changed the name to Vissuto. I took pictures of five different new Vissuto straps. It goes without saying that the specifications of each of these straps have been carefully thought through, and of course the straps are made to meet Maikel's high quality standards.

Vissuto Nita strap

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Nita strap with sewn in straight GPF buckle

The first strap in this post is the Nita strap. Its color is mustard and the leather used is very supple and it has a very nice texture. This strap comes with a sewn-in straight GPF buckle with a hand brushed finish. The strap has one fixed and one floating keeper.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Nita strap

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The above photo shows the texture of this strap quite well.

Vissuto Vintage Mustard

The second strap - and one of my favorites from this batch - is the Vintage Mustard. The color of this strap is really very nice and according to Maikel the strap will develop a great patina and it will become darker as it ages.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Vintage Mustard shown here on a Panerai PAM233

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The inside of the straps have the Vissuto stamp

The above photo shows the inside of the strap. The Vissuto name is stamped on the inside of all of the straps. The Vintage Mustard strap also comes with a sewn-in GPF style buckle.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Vintage Mustard on a PAM233

Vissuto Washed Calf

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The Vissuto Washed Calf strap

The third new Vissuto strap in this post is the so called Washed Calf strap that's shown above. This strap has a nice vintage feel to it. The strap is 24mm (like all other straps in this post) and this one too comes with a sewn-in buckle. This buckle however is slightly bent.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The inside of the Washed Calf

I didn't take pictures of this strap on a watch but if there would have been an opportunity, I bet this one would look great on the Panerai 2A. Or on the zero.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The strap comes with a brushed sewn-in GPF style buckle

Vissuto Antique Gator

The second to last new Vissuto strap is the Antique Gator. A perfect match for the DLC PAM360 - because of its cream colored stitches that look great together with the beige color of the numbers on the dial, and because this strap tapers from 24mm to 22mm.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The Antique Gator strap

The buckle shown in the above photo is the original 22mm OEM Panerai buckle that came with the PAM360. FYI this strap is sold without a sewn-in buckle so that you can use any OEM buckle for any Panerai watch.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Panerai PAM360

No alligator strap will look exactly alike because the scales are always a bit different, but I really love the scales on this particular piece of leather. This is certainly one of the nicest alligator straps I've seen. The finish of the the strap is slightly glossy but not too much.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The above photo nicely shows how the finish is slightly glossy

Vissuto Sienna II

The final strap in this post is the Sienna II strap - I've had this strap for a while and it's simply stunning. It's made to the specifications of the orginal PAV strap and although I don't own any PAV straps myself, I'm pretty sure that this strap comes very close to the original.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Vissuto Sienna II strap / Panerai PAM360

The Sienna II strap is one of those straps that will really amaze you. There are quite a few great looking combos for the PAM360, but this is one of my all time favorites. It's just perfect. In case you own a LVL Sienna strap, the specifications and leather of this Sienna II strap are completely different. As much as I like the first one, this new Sienna II strap is much nicer in my opinion.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Vissuto Sienna II strap / Panerai PAM360

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
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If you want to contact Maikel about his straps then send him an e-mail at straps at maikellau.com (replace at with @).

All photos are © 2011 M.Wilmsen

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Friday, April 8, 2011

PAM380 Radiomir Black Seal Logo

One of the two watches that I didn't get to photograph at the 2011 SIHH is the new PAM380. Luckily there was another opportunity recently when this watch was in Amsterdam for a demo. If I'm correct, this new 45mm Radiomir is the first and only Radiomir to have the OP logo on the dial.

PAM380 Radiomir Black Seal Logo
PAM380 Radiomir Black Seal Logo

The PAM380 is a great looking watch that's also suitable as a dress watch. Although the case is a little bit bigger than the 44mm Luminor watches, it will fit better under a sleeve because it doesn't sit high on the wrist. This is generally the case with the Radiomir models with the exception of perhaps the 287 which has a thicker case because of its automatic movement.

PAM380 Radiomir Black Seal Logo
Subseconds dial on the nine o'clock position

The PAM380 has a subseconds dial. Hand wound mechanical Luminor watches are called Marina models. I think this isn't true for the same watches that have a Radiomir case instead. The watch has the hand-wound mechanical ETA based Panerai OPII movement with a 56 hour power reserve. The 380 has a solid case back. If you are interested in a 45mm base Radiomir then have a look at this post: PAM210 Radiomir 45mm.

PAM380 Radiomir Black Seal Logo
The onion shaped crown

The logo is also showing on the onion shaped crown as you can see in the above photo. The watch comes with a black calf strap and a removable steel buckle with the logo engraved.

PAM380 Radiomir Black Seal Logo
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PAM380 Radiomir Black Seal Logo

PAM380 Radiomir Black Seal Logo

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

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