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So, yesterday I called the new Naples, FL Boutique to see if they had opened and....

February 2 2013 at 7:25 PM
  (Login Fbhifi)
from IP address 98.238.63.12

Low and behold they had opened that morning only one hour earlier. I live in Marco Island which is only 30 minutes away, with the next nearest boutique being across on the east coast in Boca Raton. Lauren answered the phone all bright eyed and bushy tailed presumably happy to talk to her 1st potential customer. I proceeded to congratulate her on the store opening and then inquired about a few Radiomir models I was interested in. I told her- 448, 449, 424, 425. My strongest interest was in the Cali models. After a several minute wait, while she checkes inventory, she came back on the phone very pleased to give me "good news". I'm expecting she was going to announce that they had the 424 & 425, but Nooooooooo- she said that they had the 448 & 425. After thinking about it for a millisecond I told her I'd take the 448 and would be over shortly to pick it up. Apparently they had just put it on display and I asked my new best friend Lauren to put it back in the box and then offered a credit card to hold it. She said that the credit card wasn't necessary and she looked forward to seeing me later that morning. I got to the store after, fighting the "seasonal" Naples traffic, and it turns out that I'm the 1st customer to set foot in their new store. I walk over to the case where the oversized box containing the 448 was sitting and immediately glanced at the outer cardboard box to confirm that this wasn't some cruel joke but no there it was 448 on the sticker!!

I unpacked the watch feeling like a 7 year old on Christmas morning and gazed upon the beauty of that Cali dial for the 1st time. Sorry for the puny pics, I just set up and used Photobucket for the 1st time. I tried to follow Micah's tutorial but must have missed something. Any further pointers would be welcome.

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The watch has a stoic, casual beauty all it's own. Looking at it just makes you smile!! I toured the store and tried on a bunch of other watches, none of which tripped my trigger like the 448. Lauren and I were having a great time talking about Panerai when two gentlemen walk in who Lauren clearly knew. As it turns out it was Simon who is in charge of the Panerai Boutiques and his brother. It was a delight to meet them, talk all things Panerai and enjoy a fabulous expresso that Simon kindly prepared.

What a great day!! I look forward to many more in the future.

 
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(Login aproster)
209.218.133.130

Congrats! A classic for sure....here's your pics bigger.....

February 2 2013, 7:31 PM 

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(Login Fbhifi)
98.238.63.12

Thanks for the enlargements! (nt)

February 2 2013, 8:41 PM 


 
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(Login Sleziuk)
99.250.14.191

Congrats!!!

February 2 2013, 7:31 PM 

Great story. Wear you new Cali in good health.

J

 
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(Login rapers)
High Heid Yin
80.2.125.32

Marco Island, eh? Scene of happy memories..........

February 2 2013, 7:35 PM 

back in 1996 when I visited with my wife and children.
Does it still rain at 2.30 in the afternoon every day? I found you could set your watch by the daily shower!
Happy for you with the Cali dial. Enjoy!

 
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(Login Fbhifi)
98.238.63.12

Afternoon rains are very common in the summer, it's quite dry from November thru May. (nt)

February 2 2013, 8:43 PM 


 
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(Login X2TIME)
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That's a great story, you must have been thrilled!

February 2 2013, 7:36 PM 

Good for you, enjoy!!!!

 
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(Login steveroadking)
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A wondeful surprise and great catch:)

February 2 2013, 7:43 PM 

Congrats Franz!!!!

"Life's an adventure, you might as well wear a Panerai"
Steve (steveroadking)


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JB in Shaker
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Congrats! You should buy a lottery ticket today as well!

February 2 2013, 7:58 PM 



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Pbase
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Good to hear...

February 2 2013, 8:12 PM 

And actually not that surprising. It makes sense that they would stock their new boutique with some decent stock, otherwise whats the point? Enjoy

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(Login FrankV1)
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Delighted for you! We really are lucky to have several Boutiques in So. Florida, ENJOY!

February 2 2013, 9:05 PM 



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mike farha
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congrats you need

February 2 2013, 9:05 PM 

yo buy a lottery ticket today as its your day.....

 
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(Login Fbhifi)
98.238.63.12

I should have bought one yesterday on the way home.

February 2 2013, 10:24 PM 

I'ts probably too late now. Anyway I sort of feel like I already hit the lottery w/ the 448!

 
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(Select Login sdumperth)
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Congrats!

February 2 2013, 9:08 PM 

I'd be proud to wear that one!






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May the force be with you........................Always!

Being "Individual" is SO expensive!

"Always remember, you can't buy class" -Dad wink.gif

I'm the anti-flipper!

!!!COMMUNITY UP!!!

 
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(Login murphtyper)
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Huge congrats!!

February 2 2013, 9:19 PM 

I need to make it over there. That's the closest boutique to me here in Tampa.

 
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Roger
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Welcome to the club!

February 2 2013, 9:20 PM 

I got mine about two weeks ago...havnt worn it because I am waiting for my Ted Su straps to come!

 
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(Login Fbhifi)
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Been looking at straps this aft. The OEM strap is SO BAD!! Would you go 26 or 27MM?

February 2 2013, 10:20 PM 

I measured the lug end of the OEM strap and it is about 26.50mm.

 
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(Login RRM1020)
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Re: Been looking at straps this aft. The OEM strap is SO BAD!! Would you go 26 or 27MM?

February 3 2013, 1:04 AM 

Franz, I did get 26 as per their recommendation. I never bothered to measure.
I should get it on Monday and can let you know.

 
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(Login PorscheAndPanerai)
108.243.245.21

Agreed

February 3 2013, 6:28 AM 

As I mentioned in my pickup thread, that strap is horrendous !!!! The watch sat until I got straps too lol

Martin
PAM 162, 360, 372, 380, 390x2, 448

 
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(Login latoyii)
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Good for you and Welcome!

February 2 2013, 10:10 PM 


 
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tomi
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Congrats & enjoy your Cali !! (nt)

February 2 2013, 10:26 PM 


 
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(Login TokyoSkier)
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Great story and congratulations on the watch! (nt)

February 2 2013, 11:47 PM 


 
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Yeu Huan
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Awesome!!! I'm on the list at our local boutique but no joy yet : (

February 3 2013, 12:29 AM 



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(Login jcatral14)
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Wow! Congrats on a great pick up!

February 3 2013, 1:08 AM 

The guys are right, you should have picked up a lotto ticket too.
Wear her in the best of health happy.gif
Re: strap size, 26/26 is a good size. GL!

-Jay in Northern NJ happy.gif

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(Login JZ365)
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Awesome news m8 - Congratz & enjoy :-). [nt]

February 3 2013, 2:32 AM 



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(Login PorscheAndPanerai)
108.243.245.21

You got a great watch. Met great people

February 3 2013, 6:26 AM 

And are very lucky happy.gif

Simon is a friend of mine and I'm at his Boca boutique all week long lol... You got very lucky with that piece, Panerai has been playing tons of games with it and their se releases !

Anyway very funny you got to meet them, Simon stole the last panamera loaner car from me as we both went into champion on the same day. He had to head to Naples too funny

Congrats and enjoy it



Martin
PAM 162, 360, 372, 380, 390x2, 448

 
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(Login fg6366)
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Congrats!!

February 4 2013, 6:07 PM 


 
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