*** SIHH 2012 paneristi.com exclusive - Live pictures of the PAM449
January 21 2012 at 9:02 PM
(Select Login wilmsenm) High Heid Yin from IP address 188.8.131.52
As I wrote in my SIHH introduction post earlier today, Mr Bonati told me that he does read paneristi.com from time to time, and that he is always interested in what the paneristi have to say.
I'd like to think that the introduction of the new Panerai Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days really shows that OP are listening. Lots of people were saying that the PAM373 was a winner at last year's SIHH, but if only it was available in steel (the 373 has a platinum case). Well, the PAM449 must be OP's answer.
I have to admit that when I saw the first press photos, I really did like this watch - but I wasn't sure about the blue hands. Seeing a watch in person can make you change your mind in no time at all. I really do love this watch and its blue hands look perfect on it.
The PAM449 is a Special Edition and 500 units will be produced.
Note that the watch in the photos is still a prototype so the final production version may be somewhat different. If you have a good look at the photos, you can easily spot some things that the final version won't have.
On to the photos...
The words Radiomir Panerai are engraved in the dial, the above photo clearly shows how 3d this engraving is. Very cool
As you can see, the Luminova is ecru. Same as that of e.g. the PAM372. I was told that "ecru" is actually the preferred term to use when referring to this color. Further info can be found here on wikipedia.org.
The SIHH documentation contains this information: To emphasise the strong historical connotations of these two Special Editions, the word VINTAGE
is engraved between the strap attachments at 6 oclock. As you can see in the photos, the prototype doesn't have this detail yet.
The crown has the embossed OP logo.
The SIHH prototype has PAM00426 engraved where the strap is attached at the 12 o'clock position. This is obviously another detail that the final production version will not have. I'm not sure what will be there instead.
For your reference, here are some photos of the PAM373 that was introduced last year.
The 373 has a brownish dial whereas that of the 449 is black.
Other differences are that 373 has gold hands, a platinum case and it comes with an alligator strap.
Both the 373 and and the 449 have the in-house P.3000 movement.
Thanks for looking,
Martin / paneristi.com SIHH team
This message has been edited by wilmsenm from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Mar 12, 2012 4:33 PM
....breath-taking from every angle. The dial is absolutely perfect with it's simplicity features that still manage to scream Panerai. Hopefully nothing much will change from the proto to production? Either way, it's a winner! And I can't wait to see it in person.
Thanks for the excellent photos, killer! Even though you have a way of making the ugliest watch look spectacular, that isn't the case with this one.
Cheers & HAGWE!!
Eddie "Sharkman" Sanchez
"It's all about the patina, Baby!"
P U R A V I D A !
The pleasure of what we enjoy is lost by wanting more ~ fortune cookie
Wonderful work many many thanks - this is the reason why I've switched to being a future Panerai owner the passion shown by the Paneristi and OP completely in touch with what their customers want - and delivering in pure Italian flair and style and history.
can't wait to see your visual take on the 448.
i'm on the wait list at my AD for the 2012 Cali, but after seeing these, i might be regretting my decision.
also, as an aside, i'm secretly hoping that they leave the word "VINTAGE" off the final production pieces.
Vintage watch is a VINTAGE watch, why call vintage a new model? Free use of words, but I think this models would be much better without this "plus"
If a buyer buys the watch for its aesthetic not for historical resemblance, then "vintage" would mean nothing. If a buyer buys this watch because of its historical resemblance, still "vintage" would have nill value.
(Select Login wilmsenm) High Heid Yin 220.127.116.11
January 21 2012, 11:38 PM
According to the documentation the word "vintage" will in fact be engraved in the case. Will the production version actually have that? Who knows. I think that this is a watch that will be bought by people both because of its historical resemblance and because it's simply stunning. If you care about both these things then you're double lucky Having the engraving or not won't make much of a difference to those buyers. With only 500 pieces you'd better hurry and order one now - and if you do you'll just have to wait and see what details have changed in the final version. Does the word "vintage" have value? Probably as much as "opus facere" or any other engraving, but it might be considered as an ode to its great grandfather and in that respect, yes it does.
Thanks for bringing it up, it's an interesting discussion.
Fabulous pictures, Martin. Thank you as always for stunning work.
Mr. Bonati, if you're reading...Please don't put "Vintage" on the case. Please stick with the way you did the case for the 372 and 373. Put the case style number on one side and the model number on the other. That's so much more classic and timeless than a word like "vintage" being on the watch. I think if you took a poll of Panerai collectors, you'd get a 100% no vote on writing vintage on the watch. Otherwise it's perfect!
Thanks to OP for producing such a great piece and to Martin for making it come alive.
Great pictures,as usual.. The third option is the 425 which is not a special edition, and I assume much cheaper than the 373 (for sure!) and the 449, Anyone know price differences between the 425 and the 449?
Approx 250euros diff approx 6450euro for 449 and 6200euro for 425... However the limited edition of 500 units of 449 and blue hands and clean dial and plexi glass will result in huge price difference following release in terms of desirability the 449 will be sought after and very hard to come by can't see many people reselling the 449 on.
Yes, yes!!! Elegant and beautiful...Thank you Martin:)
January 22 2012, 12:11 AM
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Perfect photos......>> I await side by side shots with the 425!!
January 22 2012, 1:32 AM
This has to be one of the best models if not "the best" model of the 2012 novelties.
I realize that is a subjective viewpoint, because three models might be considered for this
distinction. The 399, 449 and the 425..
The brother to the 449 in the Cali is very nice also. Even if someone had reservations about the blue
hands, it would still be outstanding. If people have issues with the blue hands... I suppose gold
hands would be easy to get.
For us well... less well-wristed individuals???????..) 6.75 inch not really so bad non??
47mm fine and maybe best for historical reasons???........but let's get real???? Worldwide watch market??
Again, just inmho?, prefer brushed so "flying under the radar" so to speak.. versus bright polished?
Titanium case in future? Blaspheme? >>>>>Pvd blackened case? Ceramic? As long as "not like" Hamm's Yellowish or Bronze colourued thing? Couldve been Nickel coloured???....whitish??? ......hello????????....))
2533 is Mother of all risti's, just inmho...... And Rads rule.....again inmho.......
Thanks to Mr. Fettetti for posting original prototype piece on way back, circa 1935ish?, thank you sir!
Where is Bernardo Beltran and Volker riding on the pig in a scan when you need it?????????????????????