Pondering Paneri

Well Crunchers, my collecting bug continues. Paneri had never been on my radar, but a new Paneri AD opened near me last year and I finally made time to visit the shop. It’s a Paneri exclusive shop in Tyson’s Galleria in Virginia. It’s well done store with great displays and a good welcoming atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit.

I live on tidal water and I have a number of divers, tide and moonphase pieces. However, when I’ve seen Paneri’s on other people, they’ve seemed too big and clunky for what they do. The quality and authenticity issues of a few years ago were also a worry.

Well, now that I’ve seen them in person and tried some on I think I get it. I tried on the new Luminor Quaranta Steel DLC Luna Rossa and the Luminor Quaranta BiTempo today and I’m tempted! Here’s a couple of shots, one provided from the web via the AD (thanks Ian) and one of the two in the store beside a more traditional 44mm Marina.

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These watches are 40mm and thinner than the 16.5mm Marina at ~14.5 for the DLC and 15.5 for the BiTempo, which has a display caseback. I think they look good on my 7.125” wrist and both wear well without too much heft. The quick change straps are also a real draw. Sorry about the lower quality shots, tough the do them well in a shop!

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I like GMT’s in general, but the thinner size of the DLC and the black case finishing is a winner for me, as is the sunburst blue dial. The GMT can be had with Luna Rossa dial and red accents, but with a polished steel case. The new Paneri p900 movement is well done and finished, but it’s not one where I think a display back is a must have.

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So, WC world? What do you think? Are recent Paneri’s on anyone’s list and has anyone had experience with these new smaller offerings? Anyone know how well the DLC coating wears?

Thanks Crunchers!

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My today watch

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Am actually a fan of Panerai (have the 42mm Bronzo). Would suggest you add that to your list of ones to consider. The Panerai Bronzo (47mm) really started the whole bronze watch phenomenon. But who can wear it. The 42mm on the other hand is just right.

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mixitup

Am actually a fan of Panerai (have the 42mm Bronzo). Would suggest you add that to your list of ones to consider. The Panerai Bronzo (47mm) really started the whole bronze watch phenomenon. But who can wear it. The 42mm on the other hand is just right.

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Thanks! Good reason to go back, I will.

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I don't know what it is about Panerai. I "don't like them" but that's based completely on the fact they look a little ungainly.

I put that in quotes, because maybe it's not really true...

It's a silly point of view to have since I've never had one on my wrist or even handled one in the metal.

If you pick one up and are totally enamored and converted, post a review to say why!

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Indeed, that’s close to where I was on the brand. I’m not totally converted but I was certainly more impressed than I expected to be. They had 44s and 47s in the shop. While they were well finished, they weren’t for me. It’s these newer 40s and maybe 42s that are drawing me in. I’ll post more if I do more.

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I never thought I would own one till I Got it on the wrist. I always thought they would be too big and now I have a 47mm I want to wear every day. True GADA and absolutely a strap monster. I would say don’t knock it till you try it You may be surprised.

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That’s my PAM00422… to me it looks chunky and graceful at the same time

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mannyb65

My today watch

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Thinking about this one. May I ask what is ur wrist size

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Maison113

Thinking about this one. May I ask what is ur wrist size

I dont know exactly but i think maybe 7 1/2

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Every time I see a Panerai in the wild, I'm absolutely stunned by how good it looks and how immediately recognizable the watches are. I think they're fantastic, in that they're a considered choice, as opposed to something that you just sort of acquire out of inertia.

Looks great on your wrist!