Since we know our Members are thinking about their timepiece wish lists for next year, and because we’re all atingle about some of our recent acquisitions, we’re gracing your screen with a selection from each membership level, to whet our appetite for the horological year to come. Behold:
From the Aficionado Collection
Panerai Luminor 1950 Flyback PAM 524
This characteristically bold Luminor’s steel chronograph is the first to use the new P.9100 calibre, designed and produced by Panerai in Neuchâtel, and whose movement is visible through the 12-sided caseback’s large sapphire crystal window. For easy visibility, the chronograph minutes and seconds hands are both centrally positioned and distinguished by different colors, enabling the quintessential design of the black dial with its distinctive hour markers, numerals, date window, and small seconds dial. The structure of the dial is that designed by Panerai in the late 1930s to ensure high visibility even in the most minimal of lighting, and it is formed of two superimposed plates, the upper one perforated to reveal the luminescence of the Super-LumiNova®. The 44mm dia. case is water-resistant to about 100 meters.
From the Connoissuer Collection
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Panda
The Royal Oak Offshore’s famously dramatic aesthetic turns functional elements into distinctive design features. It is characterized by larger-than-life proportions, high-tech materials and components engineered to ensure protection from magnetic waves, as well as by its distinctive “Mega Tapisserie” motif. This striking model, affectionately nicknamed the “Panda,” features a self-winding chronograph with date display and small seconds at 12 o’clock, silvered dial, and stainless steel case and bracelet.
From the Virtuoso Collection
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A
From Monochrome: The overall appearance of the 5980 exudes quality and finesse. From the minute you see it, to the minute you hold it, to the minute you wear it on your wrist, you hope time will stop, so you can endlessly adore the greatness of this watch. The 5980 is gorgeous in every respect! … Inside the 5980 is a movement fully crafted in-house by Patek: the Caliber CH 28-520 which sports a giant 21k gold central rotor that winds the movement, a Breguet balance spring, and a four-arm Gyromax balance that beats at 28,800 oscillations per hour. … By and large, one of the best sports chronographs…wait, scratch that…one of the best sports pieces I ever saw to date. It just hits the sweet spot in every way possible.