Thursday, April 24, 2014

SLC Human Torpedo Illustration

SLC Human Torpedo Illustration

Monday, April 21, 2014

PAM 372 On a Black Leather Strap

...Panerai Studio Shot Of The Day...

Panerai Luminor PAM 372 
On a Black Leather Strap

I have been looking for a long time to find a photo of a good looking black strap on a PAM372, and I don't recall ever seeing one. I have seen some black straps with white or ecru contrast stitching, but I can't figure out if I like that look. I definitely like the look of a black strap with black stitching, since it puts more focus on the watch and looks simple and masculine, and kind of mil-spec stealth.

I was wandering through my Panerai archive and stumbled into this photo of a 372 on an all black strap and I really like the look. This strap has a sewn in flat buckle, which I don't like.

I know some people think it looks more old-school-vintage with a sewn-in flat buckle, but I prefer the curved OEM buckle that comes standard with a PAM 372. A friend of mine once said he thought the curved OEM Panerai buckle looks like it belongs in the Museum Of Modern Art, since it is so streamlined and I agree. 

I like the curved OEM buckle style (not shown) and I think it makes the 372 look more modern and timeless, and smaller. I have no idea what type of strap this is, but I saw it listed as being made out of Buffalo leather.

In the future, I plan to do a detailed story on all the different Panerai OEM strap that are available for the 372, and I will included photos that show all the different straps.

Luminor Panerai PAM372
on a Panerai OEM Black Rugby Stap

Just for frame of reference comparison, I though I would include the following photos Gil took of his PAM 372 on a black Panerai OEM strap with white contrast stitching. Gil said this is his strap for when he wants to dress up his 372 and wear it as a dress watch.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The King Of All Media Howard Stern

...Panerai Coolness...

The King Of All Media

Howard Stern
Luminor Panerai

Howard Stern is one fascinating cat, so it is cool to see him rockin' a Luminor Panerai. Howard is known for being outlandish at times, but when I looked at this photo, it kind of dawned on me that most men and women who wear Panerai watches are Alpha in personality. Fascinating Captain!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Panerai On The Streets Of San Francisco

Panerai On The Streets Of San Francisco

I took this wrist shot of my PAM372 on the streets of San Francisco recently, and I remember looking in my rear view mirror and tripping on how cool the Bay Bridge looked.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Brad Pitt Reference PAM 299 + Black Seal

...Panerai Coolness...

Brad Pitt
Keeping Time With Panerai

Brad Pitt is one of the most successful actors in history, and in the photos below we see him wearing two different Panerai models. This first photo shows him wearing a Luminor Panerai Reference PAM220.

Brad Pitt is married to one of the most beautiful women in the world, Angelina Jolie, and in the photo below we see them together, and Brad is wearing a Radiomir Paneria Black Seal Reference PAM292.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Visiting The Panera Boutique In Beverly Hills

Visiting The Panerai Boutique In

Beverly Hills 

Recently I spent some time in the Beverly Hills Panerai Boutique, and I had so much fun, and learned so much! I noticed they redecorated the Beverly Hills Panerai store since the last time I visited, over a year ago, and it looks great!

As you can see in the photo below, they now have a giant photo of a vintage Reference 6152, or Reference 6154, which has lume that is really dark and looks like fossilized tree sap.  I love that watch and really hope they come out with a heritage version of it sometime soon.

If you are not familiar with the Beverly Hills Panerai Boutique, I will share some insight and history with you. The Beverly Hills Panerai Boutique was the very first Panerai Boutique, and when it first opened, nine years ago in 2005, Panerai had no idea how it would do? It was really kind of an experiment, which ended-up being extremely successful! Nine short years later, Panerai now has 65 international boutiques, which are extremely successful. 

The staff at the Beverly Hills boutique are superb, and extremely knowledgable. They are also really nice, and when I spent time in the store, I noticed it almost had a club-like environment. There were loyal customers just hanging out in the store chatting with each other. That is kind of the thing about Panerai; If you meet somebody wearing a Panerai, chances are you could end up having a friend for life. There is just something very cool about the mentality of people that wear Panerai that is outstanding.

One of the things I got to see in the Panerai store was the all-new Panerai desk/wall clocks, and they were beautiful. I took some photos of the new Panerai wall clock and the Hygrometer next to my PAM372 to offer a sense of scale, since the Panerai wall clock looked so much larger in person than in the press photos I recently published.

I forgot to take a photo of the back of the wall clock, but I noticed it has 3 keyhole slots for wall-mounting, so you can keep it perfectly balanced on the wall.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Jason Priestley With Shenae Grimes from Beverly Hills 90210

...Panerai Coolness...

Jason Priestley 
With Shenae Grimes from Beverly Hills 90210
44MM Luminor Panerai 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Luminor Panerai: Reference 372

...Panerai Studio Shot Of The Day...

Luminor Panerai 
Reference PAM372

Dan took this photo of his Luminor Panerai, and it is one of my absolute favorite Panerai photos. Not only is the Panerai 372 my favorite model, but this photo perfectly captures the warmth and brilliance of the 372.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Italian Royal Navy Panerai

...Vintage Panerai Coolness...

Italian Royal Navy Panerai

This is about as old-school vintage Panerai as it gets! This is a very cool image of two Italian Royal Navy commandos, and the man pictured on the right, is wearing an original vintage Rolex made Panerai. He is standing next to a fellow Italian Royal Navy commando wearing a re-breather suit.

So which Panerai model is the man wearing in the photo above? I don't know for certain, but my best guess is that he was wearing a 3646, similar to the one pictured below, which was made the late 1930s. You can always learn much more about the history of Panerai by visiting my story named The Complete History Of Panerai.

Notice the vintage Panerai pictured above has its wire lugs welded to the case. This means that if you wanted to change the strap, you would have to not only cut of the old one, but you would have to sew the new one onto the watch!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

California Dial Radiomir Panerai

...Panerai Hotness...

California Dial Radiomir Panerai
47MM PAM00249

Kirby is a photographer based out of San Francisco and he took this great photo of his girlfriend sporting a Panerai PAM249, which has a California dial, and no dial designation.