It has been a big year so far for Panerai, with many exciting new models joining the collection and the upcoming release of the new Luminor Due case.
One of the standouts in this great lineup of new pieces is the PAM00658, a Luminor 1940 model with a dial featuring relief stripes, often called a 'tuxedo dial' by the Paneristi community. Textured dials are already a rarity in the Panerai collection, there are a few pieces that have used carbon fiber and a Paris Hobnail pattern, but the 'Tuxedo' dial is an exceptional piece even among these. Prior to the 658, the only watch in the collection to use this dial was the PAM00029, which saw production in the A and B series (1998 and 1999 respectively) with a limited edition as part of the M series in 2010
The king has returned! One of the most sought after pieces of the Richard Mille line, the RM011 titanium fly back chronograph Felipe Massa, now graces the case at Oliver Smith Jeweler. This timepiece exemplifies everything that sets a Richard Mille watch apart from other luxury brands as well as refines elements from the RM004 and RM008.
The iconic tonneau shaped case rendered in grade 5 titanium was enlarged to make room for the automatic movement with variable rotor geometry. The ability to make adjustments to the rotor allows for the movement's winding to be adjusted for the lifestyle of the wearer. Another notable difference in the RM011 from its predecessors is the enlarged and ribbed pushers for the chronograph mechanism. Not only do these refine the silhouette of the watch, they make the pushers easier to use.
The end of January is an important time in the world of watches: the eyes of the horological community turn to SIHH, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, to see the latest releases and from the world’s most prestigious watch brands. Naturally Oliver himself never misses an opportunity to view these highly anticipated pieces with his own eyes, and to do a little skiing in the Swiss Alps while he’s at it. This year’s show did not disappoint, and was full of absolutely amazing timepieces that we can’t wait to share with you, or to have in our store in the coming year.