I like Japanese watch magazines. Why? Well they cover all brands of watches, Swiss to German to Japanese to Chinese. They cover both mechanical and quartz watches. They have the usual sections on new watch release, watch reviews, and they have sections on how to care for your watch, sections that teaches watch making and even sections on vintage watches. However there is one problem and it is a big one. I do not understand Japanese. So I look at the pictures. Sigh.
Anyway, in conjunction with the launch of Panerai new 'mass produce' movement, the P.900X, the watch magazine Watchnavi has produce a supplement on the movement. It would be an interesting read if I could read Japanese. However the photographs in the magazine are plenty and like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
The supplement is 32 pages thick (includes cover) and measures 20.5 x 29.5 cm. The supplement is divided into a number of sections. The first section covers Panerai history. There are pictures of Panerai watches from 1938 and a selection of watches from 1997 to 2006. The next section covers the P.900x movement. The interesting part about this section is the comparison between the P.9000, P.2002 and the old OP X movement.
Section 3 covers a selection of watches that Panerai produces that uses the P.900x, P.200x and OP movement. However the magazine only covers the Luminor range of watches. It covers the Historic, Contemporary and Manufacture range. The is also a page that shows the Luminor PAM0312 fitted with straps showing how it would look like on different colour straps and also different material.
The last section covers Panerai official distributor in Japan and where they are located. There are many photographs of the inside of the shops showing the watches on display. Shop data like opening times and contact details are provided.
Overall it is an interesting magazine.