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The perfectly round bezel appears equally elegant and masculine, although the cushion-shaped situation with its tall profile (unlike the sloped 1950 version) and straight lugs works in brilliant harmony with it. The PAM561 has a totally polished case which is not as striking as exteriors with switching finishings can be: it is in fact a polished mass of steel with no sharp angles, complicated corners and edges, or especially fascinating details everywhere. It’s your bog-standard Luminor case that’s appealing as a complete and at a glimpse, but maybe not to its selfishly complicated intricacies.Of the two minor details I’d still point out that go beyond mere proportions, first is the way the four corners of the middle instance are curved downwards, which carries the edges of the corners off and leaves them better complement the curved dial and bezel. The next is that the profile of this crown shield – not something many would consider. Its bottom side is totally flat to keep it as high above the wrist as possible (though at times, it will dig into the skin), while its top part is tilted upward, towards the wearer. This, you don’t necessarily realize when looking at the watch at a small angle, but it does add more elegance to this over-60-year-old military design.Speaking of the part, strangely enough, Panerai chose to bring a fully satin-finished crown shield on the completely polished case. This is not something which could stand out immediately at first look, but once seen was not something that I could quite get used to over the couple weeks together with all the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561. This decorative element is kind of like an exaggerated spin on alternating finishing. I’ll say that, from afar, I found it possibly adds a higher quality look than that which the PAM561 would have had using a polished crown guard to decide on the reflective instance. It isn’t a maker or breaker of this aesthetics but rather something I think is somewhat odd at first, but ultimately, justified.

At the end of the year that was the best ever, with traffic stats up by over 60% across all metrics, here’s a look at our ten top stories of 2014.

In terms of readership stories on Rolex and Seiko trump all the others, which is unsurprising since both are probably the most searched watch brands online. Other notable stories are our editorials on the end of the road for rising watch prices (ranked 6th and 8th), and the compilation of opinions from key figures in high horology on the Apple Watch. Here are the ten most popular articles of the last year. 10. Hands-On With The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 Reissue Jaeger-LeCoultre recreated the Geophysic chronometer as a limited edition, enlarging the case but sticking closely to the look of the original, while making it available at an accessible price – a good recipe for success.

9. Hands-On With The Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Ref. 5990/1A We went up close with the Nautilus Travel Time, Patek Philippe’s latest sports chronograph that offers substantially more than the watch it replaces, for just a little bit more money, though the Nautilus is tremendously pricey to start with.

8. Introducing the Longines Heritage 1935, a Remake of its Iconic Czech Air Force Watch Longines reissued its distinctive, cushion-shaped aviator’s watch made for the Czech Air Force in the thirties and we compared the remake with the original.

7. Up Close With The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Ref. 116600 The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 made its comeback at Baselworld 2014, very much the same but significantly improved, especially with the bracelet and clasp. With our comparison of the new and old Sea-Dwellers at number two on the list, the Sea-Dweller is a crowd favourite.

6. EDITORIAL: Are watches too expensive? (Part 2) Obviously the answer is yes, and the slowdown in business has proved our thesis. Part 1 of this editorial is number six on this list.

5. Explaining The Panerai P.9000 Automatic Movement – We Take It Apart And Put It All Back Together We took apart the Panerai P.9000 movement and put it all back together, revealing the details of the calibre and how it works.

4. EDITORIAL: Are watches too expensive? (Part 1) Evidently a lot of people agreed.

3. What The Watch Industry Thinks Of The Apple Watch Despite being non-existent, the Apple Watch was probably the hottest timepiece of 2014. We solicited opinions from movers and shakers in watchmaking, ranging from Max Busser of MB&F to Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid, about their thoughts on the Apple Watch.

2. COMPARISON: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Refs. 16600 vs. 116600 We put together the old and new Sea-Dweller 4000.

1. Introducing The Seiko Credor Eichi II – The Finest Three-Hand Watch Made In Japan, And Possibly The World But the less affordable ones seem to be even more so. We broke the news of the US$50,000 Seiko Credor Eichi II in August and it quickly became a hot topic. With only 20 made each year, it is no wonder that there is a waiting list for this watch.

Thanks for reading. See you in 2015!