Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Bronzo (PAM00507) – Emmmmrm

Panerai’s first experiment with bronze. The soft warmth of the PAM00507’s patinated case and unidirectional bezel play immeasurably well against the muted green dial. Powered by Panerai’s in-house P.9002 calibre, the PAM 507 carries a 3-day power reserve that can be counted down by glancing near the 5:00 marker.

Look at the watch reminds me of a pothole of a ship. I don’t care much about that image hence I don’t find this watch esthetically pleasing to me. Sorry.

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I bet this Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer would look better with a marble dial

Ulysse Nardin contribution to Only Watch 2013 is a Marine Chronometer Manufacture Only Watch featuring a handcrafted enamel dial produced by Donzé Cadrans, a world-recognized enamel dial specialist and a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies. The snow-white dial is offset by black Roman numerals and accents of cherry red. The rose gold beveled case measures 43mm in diameter. Inside is the UN-118 automatic movement conceived and executed entirely in-house that features a 60-hour power reserve and corresponding indicator on the dial. An oversized small seconds register is combined with a date display at six o’clock. The watch is delivered on a black leather strap with folding gold buckle.

I believe this watch would be more stunning using an opal or marble dial.

English watchmaker Speake-Marin introduces the Spirit MK II DLC

The three-dimensional, black matte watch features numerals and hour markers in white Super-LumiNova, which contrast against the light-absorbing finished case, making it easy to refer to. This watch has an automatic movement.

With the help of a second barrel, the watch has a five-day power reserve. The dial is framed by a hand-finished circular grained bezel and the 42mm sandblasted stainless steel case is coated with anthracite DLC. The case back is solid and slightly domed with a message on it that reads “fight, love & persevere”.

New kid on the block for dive watches – GUCCI!!!

At Baselworld, Gucci announced it will start producing the Gucci Dive – a divers’ watch, ISO standard 6425 certified. After the first official photos were released, I really got excited as it has all the key things that I wish for in any mechanical watch. Feast your eyes on this =>

The Dive is water-resistant to 300 meters. It is 45 mm in diameter and has a screwed caseback, stamped with a Gucci crest, and a unidirectional rotating bezel. The indicator for the 46-hour power reserve is at 5 o’clock. The small seconds are at 9 and the date window is between 1 and 2 o’clock. The skeletonized hour and minutes hands, as well as the hour markers, have luminous coating.

The engine powering this timepiece is a GP3300, a high-end automatic made by the Sowind Group.

The power reserve indicator is a very important complication that every mechanical watch should have. This is something I would continue to stress every opportunity I have. Well done Gucci! You have just gotten a convert. In addition, I must say the design of the second indicator is cool.

A new stunning timepiece for Urwerk: The EMC, the world’s first first self-monitoring and user-adjustable mechanical wristwatch

As explained in the title, this wristwatch is the first mechanical wristwatch which allows the user to regulate the watch. The EMC comes with a built-in electronic rate monitor as well as user regulation device.

At the top left is the rate variation display sub-dial, measured from -20 to +20 seconds. To its right is the constant seconds hand sub-dial, and below that the hours and minutes sub-dial. At the bottom left is the power reserve indicator sub-dial.

Meanwhile the large crown is at the South side of the watch case. In the picture you would also noticed the lever on the right side of the watch case that powers the rate measuring mechanism. At the moment it is in the “tuck-in” position.

The material used for the case is stainless steel front plate and a titanium back. Due to the large surface of steel used, the likelihood of scratching is substantial.

Relative to contemporary watches, its dimension of 43 mm wide by 51 mm long makes it a slightly larger on average. If you can carry a 42 mm wide dive watch on your wrist, this watch should not pose any problems for you.

The in-house EMC movement is  visible through a display back and composed of two parts. The first is a hand-wound movement and the other is the rate measurement mechanism.

An integrated circuit, with an attached quartz oscillator which acts as a reference timekeeper, measures the actual rate variation of the movement against the quartz reference. The result is subsequently displayed on the rate variation sub-dial in front.

The whole movement is self-contained. The integrated circuit gets its electricity from a tiny kinetic energy generator powered by a hand-crank which can be folded out from the watch case.

The user first needs to turn the generator approximately a few times, which gives enough power for a few rate comparisons, and then press the button at the nine o’clock position. The rate variation will then be shown on the sub-dial. With that information, the user then turns a tiny screw on the back of the watch to speed up or slow down the rate.

As an engineering piece this tool is unique. The design is first class and I like the way it was made and presented. If money is not an option to me, I’ll get one.

However, I do question the practical use of such a complication. Such a solution is only useful if the mechanism is so complicated that slight changes in temperature, humidity, gravitational pull of the moon and sun etc. can have a profound impact on the accuracy.

If this is the case, would it be simpler to get a Seiko 5 automatic watch instead?

Chronoswiss the Three Apes – a very nice piece of art

“The Three Apes” with reference CH-6721R-OW2013, is a piece of art dedicated to the traditional crafts of guilloche main, skeletonization and fire enamel.

The casing is a solid 21-part case in red gold (18-karat). It is polished with a width of 44 mm and a height of 11.10 mm. Covering the dial is sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The crown is typical of a number of Chronoswiss previous offerings, solid onion-shaped. Meanwhile, screw-in back with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating allows you to see the movement in the watch. Water-resistant to 3 atmospheres.

The unique thing about this piece of art is the incorporation of various demanding techniques in one watch. The dial of the watch is lavishly decorated with guilloché main and topped with a transparent fire enamel. The three apes featured on the dial are a symbol of denial.

Using the ETA 6498, manually wound, 17 jewels, 40-hour power reserve as a base, Chronoswiss lavishly decorated and later embellished it with guilloché décor. All this made purely by hand.

Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Asteroid Watch – wow

Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Asteroid watch has a stone piece from a meteorite that came off of an asteroid.

The stone is set along with an image of a meteorite falling on Earth.

It features a 47mm diameter case made of 18k white gold with Bezel and lugs set with 56 diamonds. It has hand winding movement. Caseback secured with six screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet markings. It has a power reserve of 72 hours and water-resistance is up to 30m.

It uses a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap. The buckle is 18k red gold folding clasp with the Louis Moinet emblem. Again the only one in existence.

Some report states that if you want to get all four of the “rock-from-space” watches i.e.
– Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Mars Watch
– Louis Moinet Meteoris Rosetta Stone Watch
– Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Moon Watch
– Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Asteroid Watch

be prepared to pay USD 4.9 million!!! Ouch!