THIS DIEHARD PANERAI FAN IS ALL ABOUT BUILDING BONDS THROUGH HOROLOGY.
“In 2016, a few of us, who were active on a Panerai sub-forum, started a WhatsApp group we called GPF Appassionati. GPF stands for Guido Panerai & Figlio – a precursor to Panerai that was established in 1864 – and ‘appassionati’ means enthusiasts in Italian. There are 40 of us, and we talk about everything – but mostly, we share our new acquisitions and discuss launches.”
HEIRESSES TO THE CROWNS:
“Aside from Panerai, I’m also into Rolex. I really like the Rolex GMT-Master II because of its ease of use. I have the ‘Pepsi’ (red and blue bezel, pictured) and the ‘Coke’ ( red and black bezel), and intend to pass them onto my two daughters in the future. They’re three and six years old now. I laid out the watches and asked them: ‘Which do you want?’ My older girl pointed to the former, and the younger one was fine with having the latter. (Laughs.)”
“I discovered Panerai in 2007. After researching the brand, I realised that the most powerful story behind it is its community. At that time, there was this American guy on the Paneristi.com forum. (Paneristi is the community’s term for Panerai enthusiasts.) He was so passionate about the brand, even though he couldn’t afford a Panerai. One day, the forum members decided to chip in and buy him one. That’s friendship.”
TIME TO EXPLORE:
“After meeting Panerai ambassador and explorer Mike Horn in 2018, I had to own a Mike Horn edition. I asked him which of those bearing his name was his most memorable. He said The Luminor North Pole GMT PAM 252 because he felt he had earned the watch, which was produced to commemorate his successful North Pole expedition. I plan to wear it when I go to Hawaii for a holiday with my family this year. I’m also going to meet up with a few Paneristi while I’m there.”
“Aside from the Panerai group, I’m also a member of the Singapore Rolex Owners Club and a Breitling owners Facebook group. I think it’s good to have a sense of belonging. If you buy a watch and you want to know the brand better, you learn more when you can get information from different people and hear different voices.”
THAT BEST REPRESENT MY COLLECTION
Panerai Luminor North Pole GMT PAM 252 in steel
Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” Ref. 16710B in steel
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116520 in steel
Breitling Avenger Hurricane in carbon composite
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01 A GOOD RUN
Ending a six-year run, richard Mille and Yohan Blake have made their last watch together.
This year’s summer Olympics in Tokyo will be the last time champion sprinter Yohan Blake of Jamaica will participate in the quadrennial event. As such, this will also mark the end of Blake’s sixyear partnership with Richard Mille, making the RM 61-01 Ultimate Edition the last collaborative watch between the two.
The sombre news may explain the restrained choice of colours in the Ultimate Edition, disappointing fans who loved earlier RM 61-01 models in shades as bright as Blake’s personality. Still, there must surely be collectors who prefer their Richard Mille watches to be less ostentatious.
And although it is not the first time an RM 61-01 has appeared in black and white, it is the first with a Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT bezel and caseback. This material – produced by interweaving 600 layers of Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT and orienting the fibres at 45 degrees before they are heated, pressed and milled – is characterised by a strikingly unique woodgrain pattern.
The movement is a skeletonised titanium calibre that beats at 4Hz and comes with a power reserve of 55 hours . It also includes another Richard Mille hallmark: the ability to withstand impacts of over 5,000 Gs. It’s limited to 150 pieces.
Richard Mille marks the end of its Yohan Blake collaboration in a white-hot way.
02 AIR TIME
All you really need to know about Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Atmos Clock is that the concept was sold to the brand in 1935 by the engineer who invented it, and that it’s powered by daily variations in atmospheric pressure, making it an essentially mind-boggling piece of horology that runs on air, virtually forever. Such a wondrous contraption deserves to look as cool as it sounds and, barring Marc Newson’s special editions, the traditionally classic-looking clocks finally welcome a model fit for the 21st century. The Atmos Transparente takes away unnecessary embellishments in order to draw attention to the mechanism, viewable from all sides through its anti-reflective glass case.
EAST GREETS WEST
Grand Seiko opens its first european boutique this month in the esteemed Place Vendome district in Paris. With two floors covering over 2,045 sq ft, it will be the largest Grand Seiko boutique in the world.
03 CLEAN SLATE
In a sea of brightly coloured, ultra-busy dials of 1960s chronographs, the Heuer Carrera 2447S was a comparatively stark and ultimately desirable outlier. For fans of its simple silver face, news of it making a modern comeback for the brand’s 160th anniversary is as exciting as the race the collection was named after. The Tag Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition carries over much of the same design codes, but with modern concessions that include a domed sapphire crystal, Calibre 02 movement with an 80-hour power reserve, and water resistance of 100m. The seconds sub-dial is now at 6 o’clock instead of 9 and the case has been enlarged to 39mm from 36mm – changes the 1,860 potential owners of this limited edition surely won’t mind.
04 A STAR IS REBORN
Given the ongoing trend of watches with integrated bracelets, it makes sense for Omega to refresh one of its oldest collections – the Constellation – in this category. The women are already enjoying the new models from 2018, so it’s the 2020 Constellation Gent’s collection we will look at today. After over a decade, there are now 26 new references to choose from – including gold and steel variations, all sized at 39mm and upgraded to movements with the Master Chronometer certification. The bezels and signature claws are slimmer, the hands and hour markers have been redesigned with inspiration taken from New York’s Freedom Tower, and the bracelets have additional mid-bar links and a comfort-release function. If you want to buck the trend, leather straps in various colours are also available.
TEXT CHARMIAN LEONG