As spring approaches, we check out new watches from Panerai, Bovet, Christophe Claret, F.P. Journe and many more. We also find out how time is kept and measured; pay a visit to Roger Smith on the Isle of Man; find out more about the story of one man’s hunt for his grail watch; and get a rare sneak peek into the workshops of one of the biggest brands in the world, Rolex.
1. Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands-On: A Lefty PAM372
If you love watches from Panerai, the new PAM 557 Destro 3 Days Watch should be one to look out for. It is essentially a left-handed version of the earlier and extremely popular PAM 372, which I reviewed, and it was only announced this year at SIHH. Here’s a quick look at this new highly anticipated watch.
2. Bovet Recital 12 Watch Hands-On: The Thinnest One Yet
Bovet is an interesting brand that offers very classically-styled watches with heavily decorated movements and highly stylized dials. This year the company is releasing four new watches to their high-end Dimier Recital collection and here is a closer look at the thinnest one of them all, the Recital 12.
3. Bulova Precisionist Champlain Chronograph Watch Review
No matter your opinions or feelings towards quartz watches, there can be no denying that when it comes to accuracy and precision, quartz watches often do it better than mechanical ones. The Bulova Precisionist Champlain Chronograph is one such watch and it is a chronograph that can measure up to 1/1000th of a second.
4. Christophe Claret Poker Watch Hands-On
Finally, the PAM 321 includes a 72 hour power reserve with an indicator at 4 o’clock that utilizes a typical Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Review Replica lumed hand (similar to the seconds hand) moving across a marked semicircle signaling zero to 72 hours. The indicator interferes slightly with the GMT hand once the lumed arrow mind travels across it, but that’s a little price to pay to quickly understand that you should wear or wind the watch. I also found the energy reserve indicator to be true, showing exactly 36 hours staying when I fully charged the watch and left it in my Wolf Designs watch winder using a 36 hours start delay.As mentioned, I wore the PAM 321 in a variety of contexts: at the pool; interacting; at parties; as well as snorkeling and skin diving at the beach. What became clear after that week is that I think I finally “got” what makes Paneristis so mad about their Panerai watches. It’s a passion that develops from having a watch with exceptional style that is versatile (multitude of accessible third party straps which may be changed easily), which is legible (easy, super clear dial and fonts with beautiful lume), and with a solid presence on the wrist that’s difficult to match with any other watch.With such a strong cult-like after, the requirement for Panerai watches keeps getting stronger with a few models selling out completely once they are introduced. The PAM 347 which is the same version but using the bracelet is priced at $10,600. Considering that the bracelet is hard to discover and retails at the Panerai shop for $2,400 (if you can find it!) , I would recommend getting the PAM 347 if you enjoy steel bracelets or are thinking of obtaining a bracelet in the future. The main disadvantage of this bracelet is adding 60 grams to an already somewhat heavy situation that weighs in at 140 g without straps.
Christophe Claret makes some really interesting watches and his latest Poker watch is no different. The last of a trilogy of gaming-related watches, this watch lets you play Texas Hold ‘em with yourself and it is entirely mechanical. The movement consists of a whopping 655 parts and 72 jewels and even beats a modern rate of 4Hz. Check out this really cool watch in our hands-on article.
5. F.P. Journe 10 Year Anniversary Tourbillon Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
Considered as one of the top watchmakers of this generation, François-Paul Journe celebrated the 10th anniversary of opening his first boutique in 2003 in Tokyo, Japan by releasing the 10 Year Anniversary Tourbillon, which is actually a reworked version of last year’s Anniversary Tourbillon. Though the watch is simply designed, it is, as is the case with watches from Monsieur Journe, also fantastically exquisite and well worth a closer look.
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