SIHH 2015 Roundup: Panerai – Everything You Need To Know, With Original Photos And Pricing Japanese Movement Replica


Cost for your Panerai Watches Marina Luminor Replica Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 (PAM00716) is $9,900 and it will be limited to 1,000 pieces. From a purely military standpoint, wearing a white dial dip watch on a assignment would possibly cause your fellow commando soldiers to smack you in the back of the mind. But what exactly the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 lacks in historical precision and stealth capabilities it constitutes by being among the more affordable, in-house-movement-equipped and refreshing-looking alternatives in a sea of dull black and blue dial watches.Panerai may be a new just a handful of — admittedly very similar — ranges, yet it is just one among few that have an almost unearthly power in attracting their first-time client back for another model… and then yet another, and another, and so on. As such, I really don’t feel that the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is a typical “first Panerai” — for this, check out our Price of Entry article on the cheapest Panerai you can buy.I picked the PAM561 especially because I wanted to critique a Panerai that isn’t a clear alternative but something one could actually wind up contemplating after taking a look at the current production line-up of the brand. Clad in a 44mm-wide Luminor instance, it is a simple, legible, and among Panerai watches, competitively priced offering which also packs a peculiar hand-wound, in-house-made motion having an 8-day energy reserve.Being the simple watch it’s, there is not much pizzazz to become distracted by. But that just means that the fewer amount of more prominent elements need to work together all the better — and, with a single notable gripe however, they do.To this day, I stay positively baffled by how ingenious this Luminor case design is, particularly in 44mm where proportions with the dial elements I find much more spot on than the 47mm. The bigger case is proportionate but often too big to work well with the dialup, in my opinion.
From a strictly military standpoint, wearing a white dial dive watch on a assignment could possibly cause your fellow commando soldiers to smack you in the back of the mind. But what exactly the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 lacks in historical precision and stealth capabilities it makes up for by being among the cheaper, in-house-movement-equipped and refreshing-looking options at a sea of dull blue and black dial watches.Panerai may be a new only a few of — admittedly quite similar — collections, yet it is just one among few that have an almost unearthly power in attracting their first-time client back for one more version… and then yet another, and another, etc. Therefore, I really don’t think that the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is a typical “first Panerai” — for that, check out our Cost of Entry informative article on the cheapest Panerai you can buy.I chosen the PAM561 especially because I wanted to review a Panerai that isn’t a clear choice but something one could actually wind up considering after looking at the current production line-up of the brand. Clad in a 44mm-wide Luminor case, it is a simple, legible, and one of Panerai watches, competitively priced offering that also packs a peculiar hand-wound, in-house-made movement having an 8-day energy reserve.Being the simple watch it’s, there is not much pizzazz to become distracted by. But that just means that the fewer amount of consequently more prominent elements need to work together all the better — and, with a single notable gripe notwithstanding they do.To this day, I stay positively baffled by how imaginative this Luminor case design is, particularly in 44mm where proportions together with the dial elements I find more spot on than the 47mm. The bigger case is proportionate but frequently too large to work well with the dial, in my opinion.
Sandwich dials are fun and all, but your very first Panerai Watches Limited Edition Replica more than probably had that already, along with the PAM561 is similar to your second or third at line, as I mentioned above, where you do want something fresh in the subtleties that leave you Panerai distinct from the other. The notable “8 DAYS” indicating preceding six o’clock refers to this P.5000 in-house caliber — but before we proceed to this, only one more term (and my only complaint with the PAM561) on legibility.The black numerals and the black painted hands with their off-white (although not artificial classic!) Centre contrast beautifully against the sharp white dial — the lume pips and also the center of the hands turn clearly green even when it’s bright outside, the famously excellent Panerai lume is indeed powerful. Stay indoors for longer, however, as the lume sparks (and doesn’t get much control from ambient lights), these components go back to being white.Everlastingly good color contrast aside, but the only two hands on the PAM561 are just way too brief. I noticed that in official images but through the excitement of unpacking a newly obtained review unit, they stood out to me too brief — and, frankly, I really don’t see why this was essential. The second hand falls way short of the trail it is by definition supposed to achieve, and the hour hand sometimes just looks “lost” from the ocean of white, coming in way too brief to be even remotely near the outer edge of the dial (it hardly reaches halfway across).Perhaps longer and heavier hands could have put extra strain on the movement, however if anything else, an 8-day power reserve movement should have enough torque to move these light and thin hands round. I will go so far as to say I’d have exchanged a day or two of electricity book for more hands.With that, on the movement we go: dubbed the P.5000, it’s but one of Panerai’s logically expanding array of in-house movements and pretty much the most economical among them.
All the finishing seems to be machine-produced, but the edges of these plates as well as the countersinks are well beveled and polished nevertheless — adding a little flair to an otherwise quite technical looking movement. The P.5000 also contains an impressively low variety of elements at just 127 in total.A power reserve indicator arguably would have been a wonderful component but would certainly have driven up the cost and added more complexity. Therefore, in this case and paired with the 192-hour power reserve, I did not overlook it that much.Price for the the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is CHF 5,700, which is CHF 1,200 dearer than the PAM630, which has basically the same dial (distinct lume colour and foundation emblem at 6) but the OP that I (ETA 6497) hand-wound movement as opposed to the P.5000. In other words, the P.5000 using its 8-day power reserve will run you an extra CHF 1,200 that, for anyone comfortable with Swiss luxury watch pricing practices, really is not that large of a jump.Sticking with all the P.5000, Panerai has a vast assortment of alternatives to the PAM561 including the same watch with a black dial (PAM560) in addition to a titanium-clad version (PAM562) for CHF 600 more.
All the finishing seems to be machine-produced, however, the borders of the plates and the countersinks are well beveled and polished still — adding a bit of flair to an otherwise quite technical looking movement. The P.5000 also includes an impressively low variety of components at just 127 in total.A power reserve indicator arguably would have been a wonderful element but would definitely have pushed up the price and added sophistication. Therefore, in this case and paired with all the 192-hour power book, I didn’t miss it much.Price for the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is CHF 5,700, which will be CHF 1,200 dearer than the PAM630, that has essentially the exact same dial (distinct lume color and foundation logo at 6) but the OP I (ETA 6497) hand-wound movement instead of the P.5000. To put it differently, the P.5000 using its 8-day power reserve will run you an extra CHF 1,200 that, for anyone familiar with Swiss luxury watch pricing techniques, actually isn’t that large of a jump.Sticking with the P.5000, Panerai has a wide assortment of choices into the PAM561 including the exact same watch with a black dial (PAM560) in addition to a titanium-clad model (PAM562) for CHF 600 more.
Add to all this research that Mr. Jose Pereztroika of all perezcope.com has conducted — see that here — and you will learn that the Mare Nostrum’s case layout really is much closer to what Panerai Watches Ireland Replica was performing in the mid-1950s, rather than from the early ’40s. Panerai has a fairly poorly documented history and the Mare Nostrum is a most fitting example — there is literally one real detailed picture from the ’50s, the one which you see farther over, and that’s about it. Still, the Mare Nostrum has definitely existed and it is for everyone to determine how much weight they provide into the fact of whether Italian navy commanders were rocking it throughout World War II.Worry not, though, in the event that you thought this brand new release was likely to be as massive as that from a 74 decades ago, or its 52mm tribute-pieces out of 2010 and 2015. The Panerai Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 steps only 42mm wide. This isn’t a new-found thing either. This, by the way, essentially means pre-Richemont (only the names have changed, but nothing else). On one note, “pre-V” is probably used so much since Panerai, auctioneers and lovers of the newest likely much prefer calling it the vague “pre-Vendome” rather than “pre-Richemont” that mere mortal watch enthusiasts could understand.Back on subject: back in the mid-90s, Panerai introduced the reference 5218-301/A, a 42mm-wide bit that is remarkably close in its look to this new Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM716. It was also followed by 2 Slytech bits, in harmony with Panerai’s love reaching its climax with actor Sylvester Stallone — that, in fact, has done a great deal by helping expose the then-largely-unknown brand, and who remains a fan of Panerai for this day.
Sandwich dials are entertaining and all, but your very first Panerai more than likely had that previously, and the PAM561 is more like your second or third at the line, as I mentioned previously, in which you do want something new in the subtleties that leave you Panerai distinct from another. The notable “8 DAYS” indicating above six o’clock refers to this P.5000 in-house grade — but until we move on to this, just one more term (and also my only complaint with the PAM561) on legibility.The black numerals and the black painted hands using their off-white (although not artificial classic!) Centre contrast beautifully against the sharp white dial — the lume pips and the center of the hands turn clearly green if it is bright out, the famously excellent Panerai lume is indeed powerful. Stay inside for more, however, as the lume discharges (and doesn’t receive much control from ambient lights), these components go back to being white.Everlastingly good color comparison aside, however, the only two hands on the PAM561 are simply way too short. I noticed this in official pictures but even through the excitement of unpacking a newly obtained inspection unit, they soon stood out to me too brief — and, frankly, I don’t see why this was necessary. The minute hand falls way short of the track it is by definition assumed to reach, along with the hour occasionally only looks “lost” from the sea of white, coming in way too brief to become even remotely close to the outer edge of the dial (it hardly reaches halfway across).Perhaps longer and thicker palms could have put extra strain on the motion, but if anything else, an 8-day power reserve movement should have enough torque to move these thin and light hands around. I will go so far as to say I would have exchanged a day or 2 of electricity reserve for longer hands.With that, on the motion we proceed: dubbed the P.5000, it is one of Panerai’s tirelessly expanding range of in-house movements and pretty much the most affordable among them.

Panerai’s SIHH 2015 line-up was compact, comprising five key models, but it did bring some novelty to the table, including the Carbotech Submersible and the elaborately engraved Radiomir Firenze.

A cult brand that has reached maturity, Panerai kept its focus this year, offering just five new models (though one is not a typical Panerai). Interestingly they were all clustered in the mid-five figure price range, with no entry-level models introduced at SIHH 2015. [All prices are in Singapore dollars (S$) and include 7% tax. US$1 = S$1.35] Of the five new models, two were Submersible models, Panerai’s name for its dive watches with rotating bezels. The one that got the most attention was the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech (PAM616), featuring a carbon fibre composite case rated to 300 m.

Carbon composite materials are not new in watch cases, in fact they are somewhat passé, but this is the first time Panerai is using this material. The striped pattern on the case comes from the method used to produce the material, which calls for layering multiple sheets carbon fibre with a polymer to bind them together, before being baked in an autoclave to harden it.

The markings on the dial have bezel have a tan, faux-antique look, as well as bright blue accents, something Panerai favours this year.

Thought a lightweight material, the Carbotech Submersible is quite weighty, likely due to the size of the case as well as the metal inner case to which the case back is screwed. The case is 47 mm in diameter, with the automatic P.9000 movement inside. The Carbotech is no a limited edition, 500 pieces will be made annually, with a retail price of S$24,800. The blue accents are also found on the new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio, offered in two guises, both flyback chronographs. The simpler of the two is the PAM614, equipped with a 30-minute chronograph. 

This has a 47 mm titanium case, and the P.9100 movement inside. Thanks to the co-axial placement of the elapsed seconds and minute hands on the central axis, the dial is clean, save for the constant seconds at nine and a date at three. 500 pieces will be made each year, priced at S$22,400.

Using the same movement but with the addition of a 12-hour counter is the PAM615. Beside the chronograph, this is also distinguished by the black ceramic insert on the bezel, a feature also found on the Luminor Submersible Amagnetic. Also an annual edition of 500 pieces, this will cost S$24,800.

The other new chronograph launched is an entirely different beast. 52 mm in diameter, the Mare Nostrum Titanio is a remake of a prototype deck chronograph for the Italian navy dating from the 1940s. 

Limited to just 300 pieces, this is equipped with a beautifully finished Minerva movement, explaining the S$58,200 price tag. You’ll find more about this in the story published last month. Also a limited edition is the Radiomir Firenze PAM604. Limited to 99 pieces and available only at the Florene boutique, the Radiomir Firenze has a 47 mm steel case decorated with gun engraving. 

Engraved by an Italian craftsman, decorating the watch case takes a week. The engraved motif is taken from Florentine history, and includes the Florentine lily, the symbol of the Italian city.  

The dial is black, but unlike most other Panerai dials it has a sunray brushed finish. Inside is the hand-wound P.3000 movement. The Radiomir Firenze costs S$29,800. The last new timepiece is something that strays far away from Panerai’s core competencies: an equation of time with eight-day power reserve. This is not Panerai’s first watch with that complication, the honour goes to the L’Astronomo, which had both a tourbillon and equation of time.  Though based on the same basic movement, the new equation of time wristwatch lacks a tourbillon, making it significantly more affordable. Offered in a 48 mm Radiomir 1940 case (PAM516) or 47 mm Luminor 1950 case (PAM601), the equation of time is powered by the P.2002/E calibre.

A scale on the dial graduated from -15 to +15 indicates the equation of time, that is the difference between the standard 24-hour day and solar time. Because the Earth orbits around the Sun in an ellipse rather than a circle, the actual length of a day is not exactly 24 hours. But due to the graduations of the scale, the equation of time displayed is only an approximation.  

The sub-dial at nine is the seconds, while the one across is for the month – “D” indicates December, “M” is for March and so on. Over on the back an indicator for the eight-day power reserve is integrated onto the bridge for the gear train.

The Radiomir 1940 Equation of Time 8 Days is priced at S$29,100, while the Luminor 1950 Equation of Time 8 Days is $29,800.

The rest of our SIHH roundups are right here:

A. Lange & Söhne

Cartier

Greubel Forsey

IWC

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Panerai

Parmigiani

Piaget

Ralph Lauren

Roger Dubuis 

Vacheron Constantin