Panerai Launches New Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Limited Edition at Design Miami

The 2018 Design/Miami fair wraps up today, and Panerai, serving again as the event’s official watch partner, has unveiled a new North America limited edition there. Here’s a look at the latest, specially designed iteration of the Panerai Luminor 1950 – 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio, available exclusively at the brand’s Design/Miami booth for the duration of the fair.

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Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio, Design Miami Edition (Ref. PAM986)

The watch has a 44-mm, corrosion-resistant 316L stainless steel case containing Panerai’s in-house Caliber P.2003, which stores at least 240 hours, or 10 days’ worth of winding autonomy in its three spring barrels. The satiné soleil blue dial is formed in Panerai’s now-emblematic “sandwich” style, with two superimposed disks and a layer of beige-colored Super-LumiNova shining through the top disk’s large, stencil-style, cut-out Arabic numerals. The date window is at 3 o’clock, the linear power reserve display at 6 o’clock, and an AM/PM indicator sharing the 9 o’clock position with the small seconds subdial. A central arrow-tipped hand indicates a second time zone on the 12-hour scale, and the screw-down crown is secured by the bridge crown protector device, ensuring the timepiece’s water resistance of 100 meters. Continue reading

Carrera Goes Carbon: Three New TAG Heuer Carrera Models with Carbon Elements

After years of sticking mostly to more traditional materials for its timepieces, TAG Heuer has embraced high-tech carbon as a case material in a big way in 2018. This year’s Baselworld saw the debut of a carbon-cased Monaco designed in concert with watch customization specialist George Bamford, and this fall the Swiss watchmaker followed it up with three carbon-draped editions of its Aquaracer dive watch. Now TAG Heuer’s flagship collection, the motorsport-inspired Carrera, joins the party, and again the magic number is three: two versions of the classic Carrera chronograph and a new take on the brand’s groundbreaking Carrera Tourbillon. Continue reading

Back to School: New Versions of Laurent Ferrier’s Award-Winning Annual Calendar

Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Annual Calendar School Piece, named for and inspired by its eponymous inventor’s days as a  watchmaking student, won out over an impressive field of competitors to claim the Men’s Complication Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. One year after its introduction at last year’s SIHH watch salon, the watch debuts in two new opaline-dialed versions at the upcoming SIHH 2019 in Geneva.

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Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece Opaline White and Black Continue reading

Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition

Many watch companies have produced timepieces in partnership with automobile brands. Only one, however, can claim as direct a line to automotive heritage as Porsche Design, founded by Professor F.A. Porsche, who also happens to be the originator of one of the world’s most iconic sports cars, the Porsche 911. The luxury automaker rolled out the eighth-generation 911 earlier this week, and alongside it a new limited-edition companion for its drivers’ wrists: the Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine. Continue reading

A Star is (Re) Born: Montblanc Updates the Star Legacy Collection

Since the acquisition of the venerable, historically significant Minerva manufacture by parent company Richemont in 2006, Montblanc has been embracing that Swiss watchmaker’s rich history in its ongoing mission to move beyond its renowned role as a purveyor of fine writing instruments and stake its claim among the top-tier maisons of high watchmaking.

At SIHH 2019 in January, Montblanc will unveil the latest iteration of its Star Legacy collection, which the brand describes as inspired by “the spirit of classical watchmaking,” enlivening the latest models with historical details echoing those of early Minerva pocketwatches and wristwatches, and adding some contemporary flair as well. Here is a preview. Continue reading