We wrote about the Panerai PAM 599, a watch produced in a special collaboration for Revolution magazine’s 10th Anniversary. This announcement of this watch sent waves across the horological universe due the uniqueness of the collaboration, (the first Panerai done with a magazine), as well as for the sum total of all the ingredients that it contained, being inspired by the pre-vendome Panerai of lore from 1996, the ref. 5218-218/A Luminor Marina with a black PVD-steel case and the four lines “Luminor, Panerai, Black Seal, Slytech” on its dial.

It is simply a beautiful watch and part of it’s mystique among the Panerai faithful was that only 5 prototypes were every made due to its creation coinciding with the sale of Panerai to the Richemont Group.

Panerai PAM599 was made therefore with this watch in mind (see the specific description below) as well as adding Calibre P5000 to the mix, an 8 day manual winding movement that speaks most fervently to Panerai’s historical past.

Like all good collaborations, PAM 599 not have happened without the ardent support of Hammer a.k.a Alan Bloore, King of all Paneristi. We wrote about Hammer in the pages of our magazine as well as on this website. (Read the story here)

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Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati with Hammer in Singapore in 2013

Coming up in the next few days on the 7th of April, will be your chance to own one of the rarest pieces of this 50 piece limited edition series or serial number “0”. The proceeds from the sale of this watch will go to Hammer’s “Sporting Wheelies And Disabled Association, Queensland”

Collectors, have your cheque books ready and please have a look at the excerpt below from the Sotheby’s auction catalogue for information on what will no doubt be the most exciting lot at the auction!

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PANERAI : A SPECIAL EDITION DLC-COATED STAINLESS STEEL CUSHION-FORM WRISTWATCH WITH 8-DAY POWER RESERVE PAM00599 NO 0/50 LUMINOR MARINA 8 DAYS MADE IN 2014

Description:

cal. P5000 manual winding nickel lever movement, 21 jewels, glucydur balance, black matte dial, luminous Arabic and baton numerals, subsidiary dial for constant seconds, DLC-coated stainless steel cushion-form case, patented crown guard, screw-down case back engraved with “10° ANNIVERSARIO REVOLUTION” case, dial and movement signed with a DLC-coated steel Panerai buckle, diameter 44 mm

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CATALOGUE NOTE

Panerai PAM00599 Luminor Marina 8-Day wristwatch is created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Revolution magazine – one of the most reputable publications in haute horology. The model is not merely a special edition for a special occasion but so much more. All the elements involved in making Panerai successful today can be found in this watch. The watch is designed with the most iconic Luminor Marina case in black DLC-coating which is one of the innovative materials the Panerai collectors most appreciate. Inside is the in-house caliber P.5000, a hand-wound movement with two barrels in order to support eight day power reserve. Only 50 pieces of these commemorative watches will be sold and the current example that we are offering in the sale is numbered “00/50″.

This is not the first collaboration of Sotheby’s and Panerai. In 2006, Sotheby’s also held a special thematic Panerai sale which was a great success and drew tremendous attention to the watch collecting world and enabled Panerai to align with the top Swiss watch manufacturers today. The proceed will benefit Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, Queensland, and the donation will be made in the name of Mr. Alan Bloore, an ardent collector of Panerai watches well known on the online community – www.paneristi.com by his online moniker “Hammer”. The Paneristi is the most well organized forum created by watch devotees for like-minded individuals to express and share their own passion for Panerai watches.

Source – Sothebys.com

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Auction Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Wan Chai

Auction:                       

Sotheby’s Auction – Important Watches

Exhibition Date:        

2 to 6 April 2015

Auction Date:            

7 April 2015 (Tuesday, Public Holiday)

Location:                      

HKCEC, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Time:                              

1pm – 4pm

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