The new Swiss Panerai PAM796 Luminor Marina 8-Days Power Reserve Left-Hand is a bit of an amalgamation of traits that Panerai already has pursued — being that it’s a left-handed (crown on the left side of the case) Luminor with an 8-day power reserve. This Panerai Luminor Marina watch also features Panerai’s recognizable and often sought-after sandwich dial with long, faux vintage patina lumed baton hands and a sub-seconds dial at 3 o’clock.
For 2018 Swiss watch brand Armand Nicolet releases a new series of dive watches in the JS9 collection. Pretty much every watch brand is always trying to make a better dive watch in terms of value and style proposition. Why? Sporty/functional/expressive tool watches with character are currently the most demanded by luxury timepiece consumers. So let’s see how the JS9 fares.
Geneva-based watchmaker DeWitt is usually best known for their ambitious application of “interesting” mechanical principles in the small confines of a wristwatch movement. I’ve seen them do this many times over the years and the same is true for this DeWitt Academia Skeleton reference AC.SKE.001 watch that I am reviewing today.
Swiss Longines is no stranger to chronograph watches with many examples spread across their lineup over the years and in 2017 at Baselworld, they introduced a modern interpretation of an unusual model from their history. The Longines Avigation BigEye Chronograph (ref. L2.818.104.22.168) is a vintage military-styled watch that Longines wasn’t aware they had produced. They were shown a vintage example by a collector, previous to which no examples of the BigEye existed in the Longines Museum.
When the Bamford Mayfair was announced in the fall of 2017, its founder George Bamford knew exactly how to the market the new $550 watch line. In about every news piece on the watch, George Bamford was quoted discussing how his clients – who were waiting on the servicing of a customized Bamford watch – loved the courtesy “loaner” piece they got so much that he decided to sell them. There is such a cheeky brazenness to the notion that a Bamford customer only has the one watch and needs, let alone loves, a “loaner” piece.