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Top Watches of This Year’s 2017 SIHH

This year’s SIHH displayed watches from manufacturers such as A. Lange & Sohne, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, IWC, Audemars Piguet, Officine Panerai, Richard Mille and Ulysse Nardin to name a few.  The public wandered among a sea of watches from some of the top watch manufacturers in the world.  For watch enthusiast and collectors, some of the watches out for 2017 have exceeded expectations.  

 

Some of the highlights from this year’s SIHH are the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar: A powerful combination of modern aesthetics and prestigious traditional complication.  The Royal Oak Chronograph is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with a new model certain to catch your attention.  

 

Officine Panerai did not disappoint either.  The new LAB-ID, a watch which uses advanced technology previously unknown to the world of watches, showcases unique solutions that have revolutionized its design and mechanics, making use of the infinite potentials of Carbon.  The BMG-TECH™ is both harder and lighter than steel, and iis the first watch made from this innovative technology.  BMG-TECH™ is a bulk metallic glass with a disordered atomic structure, obtained through a high-tech process, so that the atoms do not have enough time to become arranged in an ordered, regular structure.  This technology also makes the watch 100% corrosion resistant.LABID

 

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Watch Review: Why You'll Love the Panerai Tuttonero

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If you’re a fan of Panerai, this is definitely a watch you have to see. Sleek, striking, and strong, the Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica exemplifies Panerai’s history of creating seriously superb timepieces.

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Materials

The Tuttonero’s 44mm classic Luminor 1950 case boasts of Panerai’s Florentine heritage. It uses 29 jewels, 229 components, and a GMT hand all in the Panerai P.9001/B caliber. And its automatic movement has a three day power reserve and seconds reset function. But what is most astounding about this watch is its strength —which happens to be 5 times stronger than steel. Both the black bracelet and case are coated in zirconium oxide powder. After a series of finishing processes, it creates the incredibly hard finish and gorgeous matte look famous on the Tuttonero. The ceramic is impressively resistant to damage from corrosion, scratches, and extreme temperature.

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Design

“Tuttonero” is Italian for “all black”; a perfect description for this sleek and handsome timepiece. Everything from the case, to the bracelet, to the very movements visible from the back, are colored black for stunning, seamless blend of matte black. The dial is styled after Panerai’s famous “sandwich” construction. The small seconds hand and markers, in a subdial at the 9 o’clock, and the date in an aperture at 3 o’clock, are all treated with Super-LumiNova. Along with the numerals and hands also coated in the luminous material, the Tuttonero allows for easy nighttime visibility.


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Movement

Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9001/B calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 229 components.

Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, power reserve indicator on the back, seconds reset

Case: 44mm, Black ceramic

Bezel: Black ceramic

Back: See through sapphire crystal

Device: protecting the crown (Protected as a trademark) Black Ceramic

Dial: Black dial with luminous Arabic numerals. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.

Crystal: Sapphire crystal formed of corundum

Water Resistance: 10 bar (~100 metres)


Think that the Panerai Tuttonero is the watch for you? Contact us at info@timepieceperfection.com to get one on your wrist!

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Watch Review: Luminor 1950 Regatta

Looking for a watch that embodies the perfect balance between classic style and modern sportsmanship?

 

Well, we have just what you need: the Luminor 1950 Regatta.

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Born in Florence, Italy, Panerai developed a world renowned art of watchmaking. Paneria’s roots run deep as exclusive suppliers to the Italian Navy, which becomes obvious when looking at the mechanics and design of these high-precision instruments. Take a look at some of the reasons why the Luminor Regatta is one of our favorite luxury watches:

 

Materials

Every watch collection needs a timepiece that is rich with history yet wrought with innovation. Panerai has always used only the most prestigious and durable materials, and they didn’t hold back on the Regatta. Crafted with light, strong, and hypoallergenic titanium, this watch has remarkable physical and mechanical qualities to ensure that it can last a lifetime. So, this watch is virtually impervious to corrosion in a marine environment, making it a desirable seafaring timepiece. And it comes to no surprise that this metal is the material choice for the military and aerospace industries. After all, this titanium is as strong as steel, yet 40% lighter.

 

Design

When we tried the Luminor Regatta on our wrists, it just felt…right. This instrument is not only sleek; it’s comfortable, lightweight, and impressive in all things horological. Framed in the contrasts of a black face and a silver-toned titanium case, the Regatta has a modern color scheme that sets it apart from others of its kind. Orange, blues, and whites subtly tie the piece together, all the way from the hands to the hour markers.

 

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Features

Main feature:

Regatta Countdown

A countdown timer is pretty rare for a mechanical watch, which is what really sets apart this Luminor timepiece. The main feature on this watch in the Regatta Countdown. The reason behind this feature comes from the American Cup’s Boating requirements. Crews are given a 5-minute window to prepare their boats and position themselves for best entry at the starting line.  So crews must manage their speed and cross at maximum speed at the starting line.  Hence, this 5-minute countdown period on the Regatta.

 

Extra Features:

  • Chronograph Flyback
  • Seconds Reset

 

Tech Spec

Movement: Automatic mechanical,
Calibre: Panerai P.9100/R
Jewels: 37,
Power reserve: 3 days, two barrels.
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Chronograph Flyback, Regatta Contdown, Seconds Reset
Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Chronograph hour counter at 3 o’ clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds and minutes hands.Water Resistance: 100 meters

 

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Top 10 Favorite Watches in America

Ever wonder what America’s favorite watches are? Chronolytics published an overview of the top 50 most popular watch brands in the USA. Here we’ve listed the top 10 from their list to explain why they’re our favorites too:

 

1. Rolex

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Of course, is should come to no surprise that Rolex makes the top of the list. Since it was founded in 1905 by Alfred Davis and Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex has grown to be one of the largest single luxury watch brands, producing about 2,000 watches per day. Every timepiece crafted in their facility is created with the finest materials, advanced technology, and a classic artisan style.

2. Omega

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Known for a variety of styles that range from classic to more contemporary looks, Omega makes it easy to find a watch that suits anyone. Crafted with innovation and class, Omega is known for having famous wearers such as Prince William, Buzz Aldrin, John F. Kennedy, and James Bond in his films since 1995.

 

3. Breitling

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Breitling has long since been the leader of precision-made chronometers in the watchmaking world. Their intricately crafted instruments are created specifically towards aviation (Navitimer) and diving (SuperOcean).

 

4. Patek Philippe

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As one of the most prestigious watch brands in the world, Patek Philippe produces watches with extremely complicated movements and features. Because they are one of the few privately owned Swiss watch manufacturers, their creative freedom allows them to craft truly unique and stunning timepieces.

 

5. Cartier

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The jewelry and watches crafted by Cartier are often associated with those of Royalty. Every accessory they create has elegance, class, and prestige that will have everyone’s head turning.

 

6. Audemars Piguet

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Audemars Piguet is one of the most prominent Swiss watchmakers in the world, They are known for holding true to their roots: every luxury watch is crafted with old-fashioned handmade techniques. Still, they boast a bold, modern style in their latest collections.

7. Panerai

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The best things in life comes from Italy: food, wine, and luxury timepieces. Panerai has been making rustic, handmade watches since it was founded in Florence during the 1860s. Their casual yet adventurous style comes from Panerai’s history as a supplier to the Royal Italian Navy.

8. IWC

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To combine the modern engineering of the US with the artisan craftsmanship of the Swiss, Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the International Watch Company. Every watch they create meets their official motto “Probus Scafusia”, meaning “Good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.”

 

9. Jaeger-LeCoultre

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A watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre goes beyond a clean, sharp style. Known for having hundreds of inventions and thousands of calibres under its name, it boasts the world’s most complicated wristwatch and the world’s smallest calibre.

 

10. TAG Heuer

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Each timepiece by TAG Heuer is designed for a gentlemen with a sleek, sharp style. The extremely precise complications and features make TAG Heuer’s instruments some of the most desirable in the US.

Build Your Watch Collection: Officine Panerai Luminor

Every watch collection needs a timepiece that is rich with history yet wrought with innovation. 

Here at Timepiece Perfection, we’ve found such a watch: the Luminor from the Officine Collection by Panerai. It has historical elegance and Italian artistry, making their watches perfect for your collection. Born in Florence, Italy, Panerai developed an art and science of watchmaking that is world renowned. Their roots as exclusive suppliers to the Italian Navy is apparent when looking at the mechanics and design of these high-precision instruments. One watch that embodies the simplistic yet historical characteristics of Panerai is the Luminor Marina, which bears the style and functions found on the wrists of sailors who lived to conquer the vast seas.

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Materials

Every watch in the Officine Panerai collection uses state-of-the-art materials that are designed to be both hypoallergenic and resistant to corrosion. Originally designed for commanders at sea, the austenitic stainless steel alloy makes the Luminor a reliable instrument under the most extreme conditions. Altogether, it’s a watch that wears comfortably on the skin, adds a touch of luxury to your outfit, and keeps time reliably under any circumstance for years to come.

 

Design

 

  • The Luminor commands the attention of everyone around you. What makes the Luminor Marina unique is it’s pure Italian design. It’s timeless design and mechanics holds true to Panerai’s tradition of innovative and artistic watchmaking. Though it’s roots lie with the world of the sea, even today it’s fit for one who appreciates the rustic creativity of Panerai.
  • The Luminor Marina is known for it’s simplistic yet stunning design. The bold, black face is contrasted by luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Panerai’s desire to create a classic, minimalist aesthetic is shown in the elemental features displayed at the 3 and 9 hour markers. Inscribed at the 3 hour is “8 GIORNO BREVETTATO” (“8 DAYS PATENTED”), and the 9 hour features the small seconds counter for accurate timekeeping at sea.

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Features

  • Calibre P.5000 movement
    Executed entirely by Panerai, the mechanical movement combines two historical characteristics worn by the Italian Navy commanders:

    • 8 day power reserve
    • hand-wound mechanics.
  • Leather Strap
    • Works for every occasion and outfit.
    • Rustic yet high-end look
    • interchangeable with a variety of leather finishes (sold separately)
    • trapezoidal stainless steel buckle
  • State-of-the-Art Protection
    • Anti-shock case
    • Brushed steel device protecting crown

 

 

Specs

Clasp: Tang Buckle

Case: Stainless steel and anti-reflective crystal face

Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds

Water resistance: 300 meters

Bezel: Polished steel

Power reserve: 8 days

Number of Components: 127

Number of Jewels: 21

Movement: Automatic

Size: 44 mm

Model: PAM00590

 

Build your watch collection by finding your Officine Luminor timepiece by Panerai here.

 

Officine Panerai: Contemporary, Historic, Luminor, Radiomir, Specialties, & Special Edition Collections

contemporarySome of the most beautiful watches in the world are in the Officine Panerai collection. These are stunningly handsome watches and made with quality like no other. Nothing says style like Officine Panerai.

·        The Contemporary Collection possesses some of the most precise time pieces in the world with beauty and elegance to match.

·        The Historic collection is a selection of Panerai that is actually designed from the 1940 era of Panerai watchmaking and is aptly named after that time period when quality was king.

special edition·        The special edition collection is filled with the specialized Radiomir 1940 Chronograph Platino to the Luminor Chrono Monopulsante Left Handed timepieces and simply beautiful are the words to describe these pieces.

·         Radiomir Timepieces are made with brown luminous dials and the numbers are in Arabic and sapphire crystals made with anti-reflective coating. With 28 jewels dawning this gorgeous timepiece and a case with a removable wire loop sradiomirtrap attachment that is patented. The back of this beautiful watch is a clear burnished sapphire crystal. This is quite a stunning watch for the perfect gift.

The Radiomir 1940 is a hand wound mechanical with a clear sapphire crystal back and bezel made of 18 ct. polished red gold. The dial is brown with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. This watch has a five bar resistance for water which is about fifty meters. The strap is personalized alligator strap and eighteen caret gold buckle.

luminor·         Luminor timepieces are quite a collection of watches with several to choose from these are gorgeous with alligator bands and sapphire crystals. They are submersible watches with brushed steel backs and brushed steel adjustable bands. This is a hand wound mechanical that has seventeen jewels and a swan’s neck regulator and the case is made of titanium as well as the bezel which is made of brushed  titanium. The crystal and back are made of sapphires and it has a water resistance of 30 bar or 300 meters. The strap is a personalized leather strap with titanium buckle and a second band that is interchangeable.

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With a power reserve of 3 days this watch is very handsome with a black dial and clear back sapphire and sapphire crystal. These also have the Panerai personalized metal bracelet with vertical brushed finishing and a tool to change the bracelet. This is another stage of the Panerai collection with the evolution of the cases with a polished steel case and sapphire back and water resistant for 10 bar or 100 meters these watches were made for  the navy in 1950 and are reminiscent of the quality polished steel used back in this time period for these eclectic time pieces.

 

IWC vs Panerai Watches Which Is Better?

watch handIf you enjoy elegant and sophisticated timepieces, then you’ve heard of IWC SchaffHausen and Panerai watches. Each manufacturer is renowned for quality, and both brands are a status symbol for those with the means to wear luxury watches. Each brand has its own take on the look and functionality of precision timepieces.

 

IWC Brand Overview

iwc aquatimerSince 1868, IWC has created fine Swiss watches that’ve won acclaim for their craftsmanship. The company turned watchmaking into an art form by incorporating classic mechanical designs with contemporary manufacturing processes. Watches are machined using computer controlled mills and are thoroughly examined via impact, climate and corrosion testing before they are sent to customers. Case, dial and hands are intricately crafted using the touch of watchmaking experts. IWC has also teamed-up with Formula One to create high-quality, race-themed watches.

Panerai Brand Overview

luminorPanerai is an Italian watchmaking company with a long track record of producing world-class wrist watches, pocket watches and pendulum clocks. The company began operating in 1860 in Florence, Italy, and early on supplied the Italian Navy with premium timepieces. From there, company’s reputation grew. Panerai has grown into a well-known brand among elite watch collectors and fans of luxury timepieces. Watches are designed to stand-up to the elements and have a sleek, sophisticated look about them that oozes old-world charm. The Panerai watch manufacturing process rivals IWC’s, but the style of the watches produced is completely different, which is evidenced by both brands’ timepiece collections.

IWC Family Collections

IWC watches tend to have a more modern look compared to Panerai watches. There is no better example than the Pilot’s Watches, which have a leather band and very striking metallic dials. These watches are definitely drawing inspiration from jet fighters. All of the different families of IWC watches are made for differing occasions. Some watches go well in outdoors situations while others are more appropriate for dinner parties.

Popular IWC watch families include:

Panerai Watch Collections

Even Panerai Contemporary Watches have a classic look and feel to them relative to IWC watches. They are not over-the-top, which gives them a reserved aesthetic. You can wear one of these watches and not be considered pretentious by passersby. Each Panerai watch has a similar looking casing, but different dials and hands. Panerai watches are distinctly Italian and are easily discernible from Swiss watches or other luxury timepieces from around the world.

Popular Panerai watch collections include:

IWC and Panerai watches are exceptionally well-crafted and well-known for their aesthetic appeal. It is up to you to decide which brand and collection is the right fit. Compare watches at TimePiece Perfection

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