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All-Time Record Panerai Sale Set by Rare Panerai Luminor 6152/1
by Kyle Stults on May 22, 2014
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Panerai Luminor 1955 Ref 6152-1

At Sotheby’s auction “Important Watches”, held in Geneva on 14th May 2014, the all-time record for sale of a Panerai watch was set.  An extremely rare example of a stainless steel Luminor from 1955 was acquired by a Panerai enthusiast who bid the record sum of CHF 425,000 (approx. $478,000 /  €348,000).   This extremely rare and historical reference 6152/1 — distinguished by its transparent, removable polycarbonate bezel and Rolex caliber 618 — was unknown until recently when it was rediscovered by scholars and especially through the research of Dino Zei, ex -Chairman of Panerai SPA, before the Florence based company was bought by the Richemont Group.  It was owned by descendants of an accomplished Italian Navy Admiral.

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Clerc Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer on Bracelet
by Kyle Stults on May 08, 2014
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Clerc Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer metal bracelet H1-1.B.3 (2)

The big release for Clerc this year was undoubtedly the new Clerc Hydroscaph Carbon.  Less noticed and “headline grabbing” was the introduction of a distinctive bracelet for the Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer (in addition to new dial colors).  Previously only offered on an integrated rubber strap, the new bracelet looks quite nice.  Priced around $6,600 on the new bracelet, which is about $700 more than the rubber-strapped versions. If you are looking for more details about the Hydroscaphe Chronometer H1 you can check out my prior comments and hands-on review here.

Clerc Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer metal bracelet H1-1.B.3 (1)

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk in Cobalt Blue and Coral Orange
by Kyle Stults on April 22, 2014
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Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk detail

Girard-Perregaux presents its Sea Hawk dive watch in new hues for 2014.   The cobalt blue dial is accented with coral orange hands and coral orange 15-min diver’s scale on the bezel.  As a reminder, the Sea Hawk received a major design upgrade in 2012 which brought new life to the iconic diver’s line.  Save for the new color-set, this 2014 model carries forward the characteristc  design elements including the “honeycomb” textured dial, luminescent three dimensional hour markers, and a sloping outer flange which bridges the dial with the case/bezel.   The case remains 44mm x 17.1mm  in stainless steel, with 1,000m water resistance rating, helium escape valve, and meeting all of the other ISO 6425 dive watch standards.   Offered on blue rubber strap (Ref 49960-19-431-FK4A) and bracelet (Ref 49960-19-431-11A), too.

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Blanpcain Fifthy Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph with New Caliber F385
by Kyle Stults on April 08, 2014
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Blanpcain Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

Before we get to the last of Blancpain’s new additions to the 2014 Villeret collection, let’s switch it up with a look at the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Chronograph.  The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe line debuted last year in basic 3-handed models & steel cases.  This year the line is really stepped up with a satin-brushed black ceramic case and ceramic bezel. On top of this, Blancpain has fitted this watch with a new automatic mechanical manufacture caliber — the Blancpain Cal. F385.  The Cal. F385 is a column wheel chronograph with vertical clutch; it has a silicon balance spring and beats at 36,000 vph.  Moreover, this is a water-resistant chronograph — the pushers are constructed to enable use underwater to depths of 300 meters.  Exceptional features for a chronograph watch.

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