Sunday, January 20, 2019

Panerai Boutique

It looks like it finally happen. Panerai have opened its boutique in Malaysia. There has been much talk and rumors of Panerai opening a boutique in Malaysia for the longest time, however it always remained just that, talk and rumors.

So 2019 marks a new era for Panerai in Malaysia when they finally open their boutique in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

The boutique will be located in Pavilion and not KLCC as the earlier rumors and talk was indicating.

Panerai Pavilion Boutique
Lot 2.46.01B, Level 2
Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 KL, Malaysia
Tel: +603-21425999


Photograph: Panerai

I think it is a good time for Panerai collectors and fans. The brand is not as hot as it use to be meaning you could possibly get the models you want, perhaps with some discounts.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Watch spotting....

Fans of The Grand Tour would have spotted a new watch in their latest season episode 1 released yesterday. 

We all know that at least 2 of the guys in The Grand Tour collects watches. They are James May and Richard Hammond. James is known to have every watch he bought and his collection is vast. As for Richard, he is normally spotted with a Rolex Submariner or SeaDweller on the show and a Tissot when he goes on one of the specials.

Here is the SeaDweller that Richard wore when he crashed the Rimac in last season. Speaks lots about Rolex watches...



The watch survived this crash. Evidently they found the watch in the car after the fire was put out. Talk about tough.


Photographs: Amazon

In the latest episode of The Grand Tour, Richard was spotted wearing this watch. I am pretty sure he has not worn this watch before in any of his shows (that I have seen). 


A closer view of the watch...




It looks like a Coke. But for sure it is the 5 digit reference GMT Master II.

However further on in the show...



Its a Pepsi. Cool....

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lume shot...

This is a recent pickup (not mine) .... and yes you can still get it retail without any strings attached. 


Got to love the blue lume....

Ohtsuka watches

I spotted these watches on a recent trip back to Malaysia. It was being sold in a sports shop. I don't really know much about the watches. I figure since they were being sold in sports shops, their target market are sportsmen (?). I did not  look at the prices but I suspect they would not be that expensive. 

Anyway, the watches offer pretty much the basic functions you would expect from watches in this category. You have the time, auto-calendar (date, month, day, week), 1/100 chronograph with split function and EL backlight. I am not sure about the water resistance rating.



It is fitted with Japanese movement.




I don't think the sensor thing works but I could be wrong. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Something something from Breitling...

Breitling have or are going to release a very interesting watch in the Breitling Navitimer 1 Airline Edition Watches. Basically these watches were created to celebrate the golden age of aviation. 

These watches will be powered by the Breitling in-house caliber 01. The watch will have a power reserve of 70 hours. This seem to be a very popular target for power reserve of late. 

The watch comes in at 43mm in diameter with 22mm lugs. The watches will be rated at 3ATM.

The watches will feature the logo of the selected airline on the transparent case back. There is no indication on which airlines will be featured, how many pieces will be issued and the pricing. So far 3 airlines have been featured.

For more information:




Swissair



Pan Am



TWA

Photographs: Breitling

I better start saving and keep an eye out for what other airlines will be selected and issued.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tudor Teaser update...

It looks like I need to go out more. :) Remember I posted this sometime back?


Well, it seems the watch in the teaser is not a new watch but a Tudor prototype from the 90s. 

The watch...



Photographs: Tudor

It appears that the watch have been posted before by Tudor on its Instagram page. The watch is a prototype and forms the basis of the Black Bay Red and the Burgundy colour seen on the Black Bay GMT. 

Anyway, it would be nice to see a Tudor with crown guards and Mercedes hands again. 

Seiko Monster 2019

Seiko has not been as busy with the Monster of late as can be seen from the lack of Seiko Monsters outside of Japan and even in Japan itself. Its like Seiko have abandoned the Monster all together. 

In 2018, Seiko only released these Monsters and they were mostly for the Japanese market.


Seiko Blue Ocean Monster SZSC003


Seiko Green Monster SZSC005


Seiko Blue Coral Reef SBDC067

However it looks like Seiko is starting 2019 with a bang. 

News is coming out that in February, Seiko will be releasing the following Monsters. For the moment, it is still a Japanese only market release. 


Seiko SBDC073


Seiko SBDC075

Photographs: shamelessly borrowed from the Internet

The Seiko SBDC075 is an interesting one. It looks like the Gen3 Seiko Orange Monster (SBDC023), but it is not. It will have an orange sun-burst dial and the hands do not have the black surrounds. 

There is talk of 2 other Seiko Monsters to be launched in 2019. I suspect these could be Thailand only models, but who knows, maybe Seiko will release new Monsters for markets outside Japan. The models are:

SRPD25K blue dial
SRPD27K black dial

Lets see what else Seiko has for us in 2019.