Add up all that about design, materials and engineering, and you’ll see why I think the Big Bang is its own thing now that no longer is a watch that could be labeled as a me-too wannabe. For one, it is universally recognized as a Hublot. People (again, non-watch people with just a superficial knowledge […]
Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the recently launched TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic – Steel 39mm. This seemingly simple watch features a plethora of delightful design details which impart a smile-inducing joy. This detailed review of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic includes live images, specification details and pricing. I adore […]
It was 2005 that Hublot originally released the Big Bang. This was at the height of the global economic boom (only to be followed by a huge downfall about three years later), and Hublot was about to become a powerhouse again. The Big Bang quite literally jump-started the once ailing brand. Just a few years […]
For the past two years, the collective appetite for watches featuring integrated bracelets has been larger than ever. The emergence of the Hublot Big Bang Integral isn’t necessarily a surprise, as there has never been a better time to release a Hublot with an integrated bracelet, but it does represent an interesting departure from one […]
There are few modern, successful brands that are as polarizing and incite as much discussion among watch enthusiasts as Hublot. While their designs might not be for everyone, it’s hard to argue that their prolific use of innovative materials and techniques – not to mention marketing and collaborations – outpaces their peers by a large […]
Admittedly, Panerai is a brand I have stayed away from in regards to my personal collection. I like the design, heritage, and robustness of their watches. It’s really just the size that has scared me off, due to the fact I have rather small wrists. I am intimidated by the 44mm and 47mm models we got use to seeing from the brand, and the 38mm Luminor Duo fell just short for my tastes with its 30 metres of water-resistance. But this week Panerai has answered my prayers for the modern catalogue, offering up three new Panerai Luminor Marina Quaranta references – according to Panerai, the smallest models in the current Luminor Marina collection. These watches are “substituting” the 42mm models in the collection. So where does the diameter land with the new Panerai Luminor Marina Quaranta watches? 40mm. Yep, you read that right. Panerai has produced models in this size before, the Luminor Marina PAM 048 for example is 40mm in diameter (excluding the crown and crown guard), 16mm thick, and 48mm lug-to-lug across the wrist. So while Panerai has not detailed dimensions beyond diameter in their supplied press release, I would expect the diameter and lug-to-lug to be the same. The question that remains is whether or not the watch has been slimmed down through its newer caliber and decreased water resistance. The PAM 048 had 300 metres of water resistance, while these new Panerai Luminor Marina Quaranta watches offer a lesser but still competent depth rating of 100 metres – of course further secured by the brand’s signature safety-lock crown protection. It is my hope that the lower water-resistance means a slightly slimmer case, a respectable tradeoff if it turns out to be the case. We will know more when we go hands-on with the watches, so stay tuned for that. As for its finish, the stainless-steel cases and casebacks are satin brushed while their bezels are mirror polished – a hint of elegance for what was traditionally a tool watch, but as we all know many have been known to dress up their Panerai watches as well. There are three dial colours to choose from, each with the same layout. The PAM01270 is likely the dressiest of the bunch with a sunburst blue dial. Then you have the white dialled PAM01271, which straddles the line of dressy and sporty, and last but not least the PAM01272 in black. The PAM01272 by all means can be dressed up as well, but in my opinion it is the most sport/tool-oriented of the three. Beneath the dial rests a luminous disc, which peers through the cut out Arabic numerals and hour indices of the dial to reveal their glow in darkness. There is no hashed minutes track, so if you are trying to synchronize the time its best to do so on a fifth minute of the dial. Three luminous hands provide the hours, minutes, and seconds, with the hours and minutes central and the seconds positioned on a sub-dial at the 9′ position. At 3′ is a dial-matching date complication, which unlike the PAM 048 is not magnified by a cyclops on the crystal. Affixing dive watches to leather straps is a bit of a pet-peeve for me, but Panerai has already announced more strap configurations will be arriving in the coming months for these watches. They are currently outfitted with dial complimentary leather straps – black alligator straps for the black and white dials and blue alligator for the blue dial – but more aquatic rubber strap options are on the way. Further good news is the fact that the incoming flexible rubber straps, as well as the paired alligator straps, will be/are built with quick-release systems. This means you can quickly swap between aesthetics, whether you want to be dress-ready or water-ready. For those who like to explore aftermarket options, the lug width is 22mm and the factory straps taper down to 20mm before reaching the stainless-steel buckle. Inside each of the Panerai Luminor Marina Quaranta watches is the automatic Panerai caliber P.900, which notably includes an Incabloc anti-shock device and 72 hours of power reserve. If the base is in fact the OP XXXIV, then the P.900 caliber is in turn based on a Val-Flurier ebauche. Regardless of origins, it is definitely a quality caliber that should provide accurate, efficient, and robust performance. So, what is my final verdict? Is this the smaller Panerai I have been waiting for. I’ll have to plead the fifth for now, and reserve my judgment for after we go hands-on with these watches in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
When we think of Hublot, we tend to picture ruggedly stylish chronographs, avant-garde materials in eye-catching color combos, and sporty design influences ranging from soccer to motor racing. Rarely do we think of classical dual-time functionality, and that’s a shame because Hublot’s Big Bang Unico GMT models — introduced in 2017 in titanium and carbon […]
Going beyond other brands, Hublot presents what we like to call a horological multifaceted wrist sculpture. The new Big Bang Sang Bleu II has gone above and beyond when it comes to the design of its case. A complex combination of satin-brushed finishes and highly polished chamfers throughout the case, the Hublot Big Bang Unico […]