First Look: Panerai (PAM 570) Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso

Panerai PAM 570 Radiomir 1940 GMT - Perpetuelle

Today Panerai officially pulled the covers off its new Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso (PAM00570).  This is a Panerai “Special Edition” which means that production is limited — 300 pieces, in this instance.  The watch is as attractive from the back as it is the front.

It has a 47mm red gold (“oro rosso”) case and brown “sandwich” dial with a goregous satiné soleil finish on top.  Done in the characteristic Panerai style, there is a small seconds at 9 o’clock and date aperture at 3 o’clock; the arrow-shaped central hand indicates the second time zone, hence the engraved letters “GMT” at six o’clock.  A distinction of the “Radiomir 1940″ case is its thicker, more typical lugs as compared to the wire loop lugs on traditional “Radiomir” cases.

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The TEMPUS TERRAE, A World Class World Timer from the Ateliers of Andersen Genève

Andersen Geneve Tempus Terrae - Perpetuelle

You may not be familiar with the name Svend Andersen, but there’s a chance you’ve admired a watch he had a hand in creating as a watchmaker in Patek Philippe’s Atelier des Complications department or as an independent watchmaker operating under his own name.   The watches this man makes are, well, ridiculously amazing, and I say that in the most endearing way possible.  Though largely under the radar these days, Andersen is still making amazing watches in his Swiss ateliers, and I have for you today an look at a very special watch — this 5th edition World Time watch by Andersen Genève will commemorate the first World Time by with two crowns developed by Louis Cottier in the 50’s; one of the most beautiful world time watch ever created, it might be said.

The Tempus Terrae carries Andersen Genève’s DNA adorned by watch collectors: a very sober, classy watch case in gold (39mm), aesthetic simplicity, “A” shaped Andersen hands and an exclusive “blue gold” guilloché dial.  Incidentally, Andersen’s signature “blue gold” also be found on the rotor of one of the very watches made Linde Werdelin, the SpidoSpeed — you can see my review of that watch from waaaaaay back in 2009, right here.

Blue Rotor by Svend Andersen Geneve - Linde Werdelin

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Impressive: Two New Chopard L.U.C Quattro Models for 2015

Chopard LUC Quattro platinum and rose gold - Perpetuelle

Seen here are two new versions of Chopard’s L.U.C Quattro.  The watches — in either 43mm platinum or rose gold case — are a real delight on the eyes.  These are worthy and impressive looking additions to the Quattro family, with these new references receiving a nice dose of color which is further enhanced with the sunburst finish.  In other words, these models bring some much welcome zest as compared to prior iterations of the Quattro.    They carry on the Manufacture’s superlative the L.U.C 98.01-L movement which first launched in 2005; it four-barrels which provide 9-days of power reserve (see Did You Know below for more on the 98.01-L).  Bonus points to anyone who can explain how to read the combined date + small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock (I’ll explain below).

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The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup watch titanium - Perpetuelle

Here’s a quick look at limited edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph, cased in titanium.  This watch commemorates APs 17th year of sponsorship of the QEII Cup, a thoroughbred horse race held in Hong Kong.   As you can see, this one-off is fashioned after the current ref 26320Royal Oak Chronograph models with 41mm case diameter and the column-wheel chronograph movement cal 2385.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup titanium - Perpetuelle

And of course it is distinguished by its specially engraved caseback.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup titanium caseback - Perpetuelle