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Wempe Watch Blog
2016-10-11
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Known for its marine-inspired past and for supporting so many classic yacht races around the world, Officine Panerai unveils an all-new Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio - 47mm Marine Militare watch. In fact, the "Marine Miitare" words are engraved on the black dial of the special-edition watch.

The new timepiece recalls the precision instrument Panerai watches used for special military missions in the 1940s. The new watch, created in a limited edition of 1000 pieces is distinguished by its pure lines and highly readable dial. It offers three days of power reserve and its use of Grade A Super-LumiNova® on the dial makes night visibility a snap.

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The 47mm case is crafted of AISI 316L stainless steel with a polished finish and has the same proportions as the watch created by Panerai in the late 1940s. Like the vintage models, which had crystals made of polymethyl methacrylate, the dial of the new Luminor is protected by a slightly domed Plexiglas® crystal. The back features a sapphire glass porthole for viewing the  P.3000 hand-wound mechanical calibre.

The watch is finished with a brown Ponte Vecchio strap, which is crafted and treated in traditional Tuscan leather workshops.  The strap is imprinted with the OP logo and sports contrasting beige stitching. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters. We invite you in to see our vast collection of Panerai watches.

2016-07-05
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Panerai has unveiled its most complicated watch to date: the Made-to-Order Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT. The watch is incredibly complicated in its technology and mechanics, which include a three-hammer double minute repeater mechanism that enables it to chime a local time and a second time zone. The wearer can even switch between the two time zones via a pusher on the crown when it is in selector mode. Powered by the new hand-wound skeletonized P.2005/MR manufacture-made caliber, the watch chimes the hours, 10-minute increments and minutes on different notes.

The tourbillon escapement features a unique system wherein the rotation of the tourbillon cage is on an axis that is perpendicular (instead of parallel as in most classic tourbillons) to the balance axis, and rotating at 30 seconds. It took the master watchmakers at the brand’s Laboratorio di Idee four years to develop the P.2005/MR caliber. The 49mm watch can be personalized with a special strap color, choice of hands and more.

2016-06-14
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Just last month, Panerai surprised us with an all new Luminor watch: the Due. While inspired by the classic 1950s Luminor, the Due is designed to be more versatile thanks to the thinner, lighter weight case. The line is offered in rose gold or in stainless steel, in two sizes and in either a hand-wound P1000 movement or with an automatic caliber with three days of power reserve.

The Due series is not a dive watch line; instead, the watches are water resistant to 30 meters. Among the timepieces making their debut: the 42mm hand-wind Luminor Due 3 Days Acciaio and the automatic Due, also in gold or steel, but in a larger, 45mm size.

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2016-01-20

This year at SIHH, Panerai did something we don't often see. The brand unveiled a white-dialed watch. The all-new Radiomir 1940 3-Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm watch is the brand’s first model in the Radiomir 1940 collection to feature a white dial. Make no mistake, this is a big deal for Officine Panerai, which typically uses black dials.

The watch is powered by the the P.4000 automatic movement with off-cantered micro-rotor, and features highly luminescent hands and markers. Water resistant to 100 meters, the 42mm cushion case is crafted in stainless steel, and the case back features a round sapphire crystal window to view the movement.

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Earlier in the week, we reported on how sports timing, especially in the sailing and regatta world, has advanced. For today’s avid sailor, a watch exists with all the functions you need to help ease the stress of navigating the seas.

The true sailor – especially the sailor engaged in regatta racing — may desire a watch with a regatta countdown ability. Today’s top regatta timepieces offer the countdown of the last 10 minutes or 5 minutes before the race starts – the time needed to get the boat into starting position. Some offer audible signals, while others generate visual indications, such as moving from blue flags to red in the final minutes.

All are, quite naturally, water resistant and typically made of steel or titanium with bracelets or straps built to weather the elements. Whatever your choice, we’ve got the perfect regatta watch for you. Stop in and get some wind in your sails.

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