But exactly what the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 lacks in historical precision and stealth capabilities it constitutes by being one of the more affordable, in-house-movement-equipped and refreshing-looking options at a sea of dull black and blue dial watches.Panerai may be a brand of just a handful of — admittedly very similar — collections, yet it still is one among few which have an almost unearthly power in bringing their first-time client back for another version… and then another, and yet another, etc. As such, I don’t feel the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is a standard “first Panerai” — for that, check out our Price of Entry informative article on the most affordable Panerai you can buy.I chosen the PAM561 specifically because I wanted to critique a Panerai that isn’t an obvious choice but something one might actually end up considering after taking a look at the current production line-up of this brand. Clad in a 44mm-wide Luminor instance, it’s a simple, legible, and one of Panerai watches, competitively priced offering which also packs a more unusual hand-wound, in-house-made movement with an 8-day energy reserve.Being the very simple watch it’s, there isn’t much pizzazz to become distracted by. But that only means that the fewer amount of more prominent elements have to work together all the greater — and, with one notable gripe notwithstanding they do.To this day, I stay positively baffled by how imaginative this Luminor case design is, especially in 44mm where proportions with the dial components I find more spot on compared to 47mm. The larger case is proportionate but often too big to work nicely with the dial, in my view.
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!