Monday, December 30, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
...Panerai Super Coolness...
Chairman & Founder
Luminor Panerai Bronzo
47MM Reference PAM00382
Johann Rupert is the founder and Chairman of the Swiss-Based luxury empire named Richemont, which owns Panerai, among many other luxury watch brands. As I understand it, he acquired Panerai in 1997 because he wanted to have a sports-watch brand for Richmont. It turns-out this was an extremely wise move, as Panerai is today considered to be one of the most envied and successful watch brands on earth. Johann Rupert is pictured below wearing his Limited Edition 47MM Bronze PAM382.
In 2008, Angelo Bonati, then and current CEO of Panerai said, "In 1994, casting for 'Daylight', Sylvester Stallone noticed on the table this watch, this Panerai. He asked what is was, took it, and fell in love." Sylvester Stallone became so enamored with the Panerai watches, he placed an order for 200 custom pieces, which were named Slytech and featured Sylvester Stallone's signature engraved on the back.
Stallone gave these customized Slytech watches to many of his friends, including Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ironically, Johann Rupert ended up with a Slytech, and he fell in love with it. Panerai CEO,Angelo Bonati, continued, "Mr. Rupert didn't only want [the watch] as his personal watch, he wanted the brand."
Thursday, December 19, 2013
...How It's Machined...
Luminor Panerai PAM 00112 Case
Ever wonder how a Panerai case is made? The photo below shows many of the steps a Panerai watch case goes through, beginning with a solid pieced of steel, which is then machined down to become a Luminor Panerai.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Co-Host of Live with Kelly & Michael
47MM Historic Luminor Panerai PAM00423
Michael Strahan is a legendary SuperBowl Champion & Fox NFL Sunday Co-Host as well as being the co-host of Emmy Award Winning morning show named Live with Kelly & Michael which airs mornings on ABC. Michael Strahan is pictured below on yesterdays episode of Live with Kelly and Michael wearing a 47MM Historic Luminor Panerai PAM00423, which is a great looking watch.
Michael Strahan replaced Regis Philbin when Regis retired from Regis and Kelly, so the new show is co-hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. Yesterday on the show Kelly and Michael were interviewing Jonah Hill about his upcoming role in the Martin Scorsese movie named, "The Wolf Of Wall Street", in which, he costars with Leonardo DiCaprio, and it looks like a really good movie. The Wolf Of Wall Street launches in movie theaters on December 25, 2013, and in the first trailer below you see Jonah Hill in the opening scene which is really funny:
I just happened to watch a few minutes of Live with Kelly & Michael for the first time yesterday, and noticed Michael's Panerai. The show is really interesting and fun, and Michael is extremely charming, intelligent and charismatic, and of course, he has superb taste in watches ;-)
Panerai watches are really popular with NFL players, particularly because they look great, are macho and sporty, and are also larger, so they scale well with bigger men like Michael who is 6 foot 5.
In the pictured above you can see Michael Strahan sporting his 47MM Luminor Panerarai PAM00423, which is pictured below. The PAM00423 is extremely similar to the Luminor Panerai PAM00372, but it ads a second hand at 9 o'clock and well as a 72 hour power reserve indicator on the dial, and it has a Sapphire crystal, whereas the 372 has a plexiglass crystal, which gives the 372 a much more vintage look.
Michael Strahan played 15 years in the NFL, and he was a seven time Pro-Bowler, as well as being only one of four NFL players to lead in sacks for two seasons.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Belongs To The Ages
1973 to 2013
Fellow Paneristi and American actor, Paul Walker died today Los Angeles in a car accident. Paul Walker was most famous for his role he played in the Fast & Forious movie franchise. Many of Paul Walker's fans and fellow actors are extremely grief-stricken over his passing.
Paul Walker is wearing a Panerai PAM000028 Luminor Power Reserve Special Edition from 2009 which features a Hob Nail dial, and the wrist shot photo seen below came from British GQ's Twitter Feed, and it said "Interviewing Paul Walker. Mildly distracted by the Panerai strapped to his wrist."
Panerai only made 1000 units of this 2009 Limited Edition, which features an automatic SOPROD 9040 caliber movement, which was the same as the one that was features in the Panerai PAM28A-Series model. The Original 28-A Series Panerai model was made in 1998, and in 1999 Panerai made the B-Series.
Friday, November 29, 2013
...Panerai Studio Shot Of The Day...
Ultra-Rare 4-Line Vintage
Marina Militare Luminor Panerai Models
These vintage Luminor Panerai watches are ultra-rare as they have the 4-line Dial designation that says "Marina Militare, Luminor Panerai" and they have the subsidiary second hand. These watches were the first experimental Panerai watches made without Rolex movements, and instead used Angelus movements. That is one of the most interesting things about vintage Panerai watches, is how much variance there is in design, which demonstrates, that Panerai, like Rolex used to experiment like crazy with different in order to innovate.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
...Panerai Super Coolness...
Jazz Trumpet Virtuoso
Base Radiomir Panerai
45MM Reference PAM00210
Chris Botti is an American born musical, of Italian descent and he is probably the greatest trumpet player alive today. The only other person I would consider to be in his class is the incomparable Wynton Marsalis. Chris Botti is a Grammy Award winning artist best know for his cool, chill smooth jazz trumpet style. BTW, If you are interested in learning more about the history of the jazz trumpet, you can check out the super detailed article I recently published on Jake's Rolex World, about another Iconic Jazz Legend, and Trumpet Virtuoso, Dizzy Gillespie.
The Panerai PAM00210 was introduced by Officine Panerai in 2005 and they offered 15 units which comprised the H-Series. The PAM 201 originally shipped on a black calfskin leather strap, and we one pictured below on a tobacco colored strap. The Panerai PAM 210 is a "Base" Panerai which means it only has the basic hour and minute hands, which makes it a really simple and elegant design.
If you are not familiar with Chris Botti, or even if you are, you are in for a real treat. Below, I have posted two amazing full length Chris Botti Concerts!!! The first concert below is one of the greatest concerts I have ever watched in my life, and it features singing his haunting rendition of "What are you doing the rest of your life." Enjoy!!!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Superbowl Winning Halfback
Jerome "The Bus" Bettis is a retired halfback that played for the Los Angeles/ St. Louis Rams, and the Pittsburg Steelers. He hold the record for being the sixth on the NFL list for rushing yards leaders, and he retired in 2006 after the Steelers won Superbowl XL. As we can see in the two portrait photos below, Jerome is wearing two different Panerai models, and the top one is a "F" Series PAM00031 which features a bezel with 144 diamonds, and was limited to 40 pieces.
In the photo above we see Jerome Bettis wearing a Panerai Luminor Submersible Regatta Portugal PAM00199, which was a limited edition 44MM model made in 2004, which Panerai only made 500 examples of.
Jerome Bettis is pictured below with photographer and fellow Paneristi, Brad Trent, proudly showing off their Panerai watches. Turn On The Power!!!
Friday, November 1, 2013
...Panerai Wrist Shot Of The Day...
Luminor Marina Panerai
OEM Luminor Caoutchouc Panerai Rubber Strap
I have never seen a 47MM Luminor on a black Panerai rubber OEM strap before, but it looks pretty cool. Fab took this wrist shote and It looks pretty cool to me. In the future I plan to do an article on all the different looks you can achieve with Panerai OEM strap, and I will have to be certain to include this look. Officine Panerai offers an amazing selection of beautiful OEM strap, and you can see them all on the Panerai Accessories microsite.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
...Panerai Super Coolness...
Panerai Luminor Arktos GMT North Pole
2006 Special Mike Horn Edition of 500 Pieces
What is cooler than than wearing a really cool Panerai model? Wearing one that was made just for you, with your name on it. The Panerai Luminor Arktos GMT North Pole was a special limited edition Panerai made in 2006, and it was dedicated to a North Pole Expedition directed by Mike Horn.
It unusual rotatable bezel has North, South, East & West designations which can be used like a compass to determine which direction is North. This is achieved by pointing the North marker at the sun, and
Friday, October 25, 2013
Luminor Panerai Marina
44MM Reference PAM00299
Back in May of 2011, after 4559 episodes, Oprah Winfrey celebrated the end of her Oprah Winfrey Show, and said farewell to her viewers with a cavalcade of famous stars including Tom Cruise. As you can see in the photo below, Tom Cruise is wearing his 44MM Panerai PAM 299.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
...Panerai Wrist Shot Of The Day...
Andrew's Panerai Radiomir Black Seal
45MM Ceramic PAM00282
Andrew Boen took this wrist shot of his Panerai Radiomir Black Seal on a woven light olive strap, which is a great look.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Shreeve & Company
Annual Panerai GTG Party
Shreeve & Company is the oldest Jewelry story in San Francisco, and I recently attended their Annual Panerai celebration party which was thrown at Epic Road House, which is located on the San Francisco Embarcadero. The Epic Road House is one of the most beautiful restaurants in San Francisco, and its views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge are breathtaking.
Panerai President, Rafael Alvarez attended the event and he is pictured above on the far left. Next we see a Alex Alesandrini from Shreeve & Company in San Francisco, next we see leading San Francisco dentist, Tom Jow, and pictured on the far right we see Panerai executive Karl Poulson.
Tom owns an beautiful Limited Edition Panerai PAM00249 from 2006, which was the first limited edition Historic 47MM Panerai model made with an Art Deco California dial, and I asked him if I could check it out. I mentioned I believed the PAM00249, and PAM00372 are not only my two favorite Panerai watches, but how, collectively they represent the best of Historic Panerai DNA. In the photo below we see Tom taking a photo of my PAM 372, next to his PAM 249 with his iPhone 5.
I took this next photo of my PAM 372 next to Tom's PAM 249. I tried on Tom's PAM 249, and I was surprised at how much smaller it seemed than my PAM 372. This is due to the fact the PAM 372 has standard lugs, and the PAM 249 has wire lugs.
Tom held up the my PAM 372 and his PAM 249 so we could take front view profile shots, and you see the PAM 249 has a beautifully rounded domed crystal.
Panerai setup these beautiful display cases at the event, which showcased a wide variety of amazing Panerai watches. As I mentioned earlier, the Epic Road House Restraunt has a STUNNING view of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, out the window as seen below.
I had a chance to check out the new Panerai PAM 514, and in the photo below, we see it on my wrist being compared to my PAM372. I was surprised how much smaller the PAM 514 seemed next to the PAM 372. I believe this is because the PAM 372 is based upon the vintage Panerai 6152 and the PAM 514 is based upon the vintage Panerai Reference 6154. Of course, the PAM 372 also has the crown protector, which gives it a bigger look, and it also has a raised Plexiglass crystal, whereas the PAM 514 has a lower profile sapphire crystal.
The Panerai PAM 514 (pictured below) also has a tapered 26 to 22 strap, which gives it a smaller, more dressy look.
There was a man who attended the event who was wearing a Special Edition Panerai PAM 341 from 2009, which I had never seen before in person, and I was shocked at how enormous this monster was in person. I knew it was 60MM, but I was stunned at how much larger is looked next to my PAM 372. Actually it makes my PAM 372 look small!?!?!
I ran into Swedish beauty, Lisa Kalbfleisch who is a Shreeve & Company sales associate at their Palo Alto store, and I noticed she was wearing the new 42MM Panerai PAM00512, which features the Historic 1940s Radiomir case.
The Panerai PAM 512, is a specific example of Panerai design brilliance. By making this model at 42MM it fits beautifully on women, even on petite women.
In this next photo, we see the new limited edition Panerai PAM00507, which is made out of Brass. Part of the beauty of this watch is that since it is made out of Brass, instead of Gold, it is much more toned down, kind of like the new light gold iPhone 5.
I took this next photo from the rear deck of the Epic Road House, and the view was absolutely stunning!
Overall the Panerai GTG was really fun and a beautiful party, with beautiful watches, and people in a beautiful venue. As I was walking away from the Epic Road House, I snapped this last image.