I had an opportunity to see many vintage Panerai recently, and thus, I feel compelled to share. Here it goes:
It began with an invitation from Manny (one of the great ristis from Arizona). Manny is pictured here, in the middle, next to his lovely wife, Karen. Behind Manny and Karen are Ish, me, and Russell.
Ish, Russell, and I made the six-hour drive from Southern California to Scottsdale, AZ, as we've never had an opportunity to see such a collection.
I must apologize for the picture quality, as the pics were taken through glass, and the overhead lighting made it challenging to truly capture the breathtaking presence of each Panerai. But take any of these pictures, multiply the image by the depth of infinity, and you'll get a glimpse of how cool these pieces looked in person. And the owner of this collection?
Craig Emmerson, a down-to-earth, super-nice fella, who has worked diligently for some time to amass an extraordinary collection.
And without further adieu, more from his collection:
At this point, I was certainly suffering from sensory overload. It was euphoric, but it is what I attribute to, perhaps, misremembering this story. From what I understood, the man in this photograph (front row, third from the left) was the original owner of the watch that follows.
And the watch.
And a picture with the man.
Special thanks to our host, Oliver Smith Jeweler, for putting on such a stellar event. Oliver and Michael, you guys are top-notch. Of course, a big tip of the cap to Craig for sharing his Panerai collection.
And a parting shot of the whole gang after dinner at Maggiano's. Thanks Manny and Karen. We had a great time!
Well, to all those who had a chance to read this, I hope you enjoyed Craig's collection. (I've a suspicion that barely a glimpse of his collection has been captured here. But what I did see was, in a word, amazing.) Thanks so much for looking.