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Old 24 January 2011, 02:44 AM   #1
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SIHH 2011 Panerai report Part 1 >>>>>>

My trip to SIHH was not as direct as most would have flown.

I flew to Shanghai from Montreal, drove to Ningbo, flew to HK for a couple of days, and then finally Royal Jordanian to Switzerland with a transit connection in Amman :-)

At HK airport!







Boarding :-)




Settling in! :-)






Almost there!



I arrived in Amman at 5AM and had the chance to see the sun rise :-) :-) :-)




Lounge:






Time for my connecting flight to Zurich:









Yummy, very familiar snack ;-)



Arriving in Zurich where I met up with some buddies for drinks/dinner!




I had an early train the next morning to Lausanne for meeting and had to wait for the Starbucks to finally open:









At the IOC in Lausanne:







The first evening was dedicated to IWC with a gala invitation. Here are some pix with some of the special guests in attendance ;-)

























I was ready the following morning and just needed a little espresso to kick start the day :-)





At SIHH:

There are so many people I want to thank for the wonderful opportunity to be invited to see the new releases......

Jean-Sebastien, Grace, Vivian, and Stefano, among others who I had the pleasure to meet during my visit!!!!

Stefano was the perfect host, showing me all the models and patiently waiting while I managed all the photos I wanted to take, "grazie Stefano"!!!!! :-)





So, here we go.....................

PAM 382 Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Day Automatic Bronzo - 47mm - LE 1000 pieces (est. Euro 7,300.00)

I made a New Year's resolution to buy only one (1) Panerai from the 2011 collection, and THIS is the one!!!!!

The character of the case, which will continue to evolve with time, and the uniquely different dial color, all add up to make this watch the most unique intro of the year, IMO!





















There are two (2) new Destro models this year - Left PAM 354 Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-Handed 8 Days Titanio - 44mm Special Edition 150 pieces - Right PAM 368 Lumino 1950 Left-Handed 8 Days Titanio - 47mm Special Edition 1,000 pieces

































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Old 24 January 2011, 02:45 AM   #2
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Part 2 >>>>>>>

A little off-topic, here is a 7 month old "Assolutamente Antique Brown" strap as the one that come with the 339......I would have never guessed!!








On Stefano's watch!








The 2011 PAM 371 Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta 3 Day GMT Auto Titanio 47mm

My only complaint here is that the GMT is only 12h instead of the more useful 24h indication!
























K OK, here it is, the one most of you have been waiting for :-)

PAM 372 Luminor 1950 3 Days 47mm

Word is, as previously mentioned, that the first series will be 3000 pieces in regular production, with a second series planned.

The watch looks great and wears very comfortable.





Check out the side profile with the lines reminiscent of the Rad case:










The markings have been moved to the lugs:



The beautiful looking P3000 movement:




THE strap!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Stefano told me that he traveled Tuscany visiting many tanneries before selecting this one. It is an incredible strap with a wonderful patina:









I'm trying to convince myself that I want the 372, although I already have the 127!



What do you think?












PAM 375 Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days 47mm described in the new catalogue as "..in a unique numbered edition of 2,000 examples..."

THIS would be my second selection if I were to break down in a moment of weakness and buy a second Panerai!!!!!!

It is lightweight and will need some getting used to, but it's a cool looking watch and looks great on the wrist, although not very versatile, IMO!












Here's a comparison of the worn and new strap I mentioned earlier.........






Me and Grace Yeung, Communications Director, Panerai Asia Pacific :-)







The trio of precious metals :-)




PAM 373 Radiomir 3 Days Platino 47mm limited to 199 pieces!

This is heavy hardware!!!!

The dial configuration is inspired by a prototype that you will see later in the report.











PAM 379 Radiomir 3 Days ORO Rosa 47mm












PAM376 Radiomir 3 Days Oro Bianco 47mm













PAM 378 Radiomir Oro Rosa 42mm









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Old 24 January 2011, 03:06 AM   #3
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Paert 3 > > >

PAM 384 Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica 45mm











With the smoked sapphire back :-)















PAM380 Radiomir Blackseal Logo 45mm














PAM 386 Luminor Composite Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic 44mm





















PAM 356 Luminor Chrono Daylight 44mm

Surprise, I love this new dial variation!!!!! The patina markers and the subtle Grey Daylight and minute track really work harmoniously on this watch, WOW!!!!!!
















Comparison for the lume patina:







My camera was open and this was framed in the viewfinder, so I just clicked the button, LOL!!!!!!!!!






PAM 369 Radiomir Chronograph 42mm




















Here are some photos from the window displays on the outside of the booth!




















It was a wonderful experience to be able to see and try on all these watches.

I hope you enjoyed the presentation as much as I have, and thanks for looking!
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Old 24 January 2011, 03:50 AM   #4
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Really appreciate your time taken to post such a comprehensive report and which gives a great feel for the new releases.
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Old 24 January 2011, 03:56 AM   #5
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Nad I can't thank you enough for perhaps the best report on what has to be a stellar year for Panerai. Your photos and thoughts are the best I've read.

I'm going to "sticky" this one.
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Old 24 January 2011, 03:59 AM   #6
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Nad, thx for posting. Can you tell me if the 372 wears smaller than your 127? I'm trying to figure out if I can pull it off or not? Thx again.
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Old 24 January 2011, 04:06 AM   #7
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Nad, thx for posting. Can you tell me if the 372 wears smaller than your 127? I'm trying to figure out if I can pull it off or not? Thx again.
372 and 127 'wear'; the same but there are differences in the case silhouette and lug sizes
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Old 24 January 2011, 04:24 AM   #8
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Thanks a million for that report, NAD. My only complaint about the 372 at this juncture is the absence of the quick-change strap system. The movement is gorgeous, however.
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Old 24 January 2011, 05:05 AM   #9
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Fantastic Report...thanks for taking the time and effort!
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Old 24 January 2011, 05:06 AM   #10
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Funny, I actually prefer the screws. Less to go wrong.
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Old 24 January 2011, 05:18 AM   #11
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Funny, I actually prefer the screws. Less to go wrong.
Mik: Have you actually seen or heard any problem of the "easy strap changing system"? Since I really hate to see the scratches around the screw...
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Old 24 January 2011, 06:21 AM   #12
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Nad, thank you so much for this stellar report! I'm in love with the 382 and 372.
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Old 24 January 2011, 06:58 AM   #13
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Mik: Have you actually seen or heard any problem of the "easy strap changing system"? Since I really hate to see the scratches around the screw...

It's a pretty fool-proof system with few moving parts. I've heard of only one issue from a forum member a long time ago. On the flip side, if something goes awry, I believe you have to get an entirely new case and that's not cheap.
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Old 24 January 2011, 07:01 AM   #14
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Brilliant Nad !!!

Thanks for posting !!!
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Old 24 January 2011, 10:04 AM   #15
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awesome work Nad! thank you!



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Nad I can't thank you enough for perhaps the best report on what has to be a stellar year for Panerai. Your photos and thoughts are the best I've read.

I'm going to "sticky" this one.
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Old 24 January 2011, 11:04 AM   #16
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great report not sure if my AD would be as accommodating as that
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Old 24 January 2011, 11:20 AM   #17
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Mik: Have you actually seen or heard any problem of the "easy strap changing system"? Since I really hate to see the scratches around the screw...
I have seen two people post on p.com in the past complaining that it broke. Someone posted pics. Panerai service said the case would have to be replaced at a cost of a couple/few thousand.

I like my screws anyway. I'm a K.I.S.S. guy.
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Thanks for sharing Nad, just the best, I feel like I almost did the trip there with you

Panerai have been working hard because these are all great new releases. It seems like Panerai have been listening to what the fans have been asking for
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awesome report buddy!!! Thanks for sharing!!

I have to admit, I emailed my dealer after reading this...
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thanks a lot Nad for sharing in detail an amazing time at SIHH
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Old 24 January 2011, 11:00 PM   #22
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Thanks for the Sticky!!!!
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I have seen two people post on p.com in the past complaining that it broke. Someone posted pics. Panerai service said the case would have to be replaced at a cost of a couple/few thousand.

I like my screws anyway. I'm a K.I.S.S. guy.
K.I.S.S.? I'm a Banker that gets inundated with acronyms..
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Beautiful pics Nad! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 25 January 2011, 08:04 PM   #25
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Awesome!

Thx Nad, Gr8 Report and nice Pictures!
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Old 26 January 2011, 01:11 AM   #26
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K.I.S.S.? I'm a Banker that gets inundated with acronyms..
In my industry you have to talk in TLA (three letter acronyms) or FLAT (four letter acronyms too) all the time or you could lose creditibility.

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid. I use it all the time. I'm in IT design and people always want to over-engineer b/c they have all these fab ideas. Problem is maintaining these fabulous ideas over time, more often than not they are not fabulous. So, screws work and if they do get damaged, you can replace them with some custom push pins.
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In my industry you have to talk in TLA (three letter acronyms) or FLAT (four letter acronyms too) all the time or you could lose creditibility.

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid. I use it all the time. I'm in IT design and people always want to over-engineer b/c they have all these fab ideas. Problem is maintaining these fabulous ideas over time, more often than not they are not fabulous. So, screws work and if they do get damaged, you can replace them with some custom push pins.

Well you definitely got me thinking, Mik. Everything about the 372 gives me a reason to get one. Not sure why I'd really want to have anything stand in the way of the watches historic presentation anyway. That's why I love the brand so much. Maybe I'll put myself on the list. But man, I'll have to get all new straps as I won't keep the 312 if I do.
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Well you definitely got me thinking, Mik. Everything about the 372 gives me a reason to get one. Not sure why I'd really want to have anything stand in the way of the watches historic presentation anyway. That's why I love the brand so much. Maybe I'll put myself on the list. But man, I'll have to get all new straps as I won't keep the 312 if I do.
I'd just keep those 24mm/25mm straps. They are really nice and you may get another 44mm pam down the road!
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Nad, that was an absolutely amazing report. What a fine ambassador you are. You make fellow Montreal watch lovers, indeed fellow Canadian watch lovers, extremely proud to have you in our midst! Not to mention that you are a cherished friend to so many watch lovers around the world....

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