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Fx in Rome: visit of the new Panerai boutique

 
 By: foversta : August 15th, 2019-13:03
Rome is a city on the move from the watchmaking point of view. In a few months, the capital of Italy has been the setting of the openings of a Rolex boutique, a Patek Philippe boutique (both operated by Hausmann, the famous Roman dealer), a Hublot boutique and therefore a Panerai boutique that I propose you to discover. This boutique is interesting from several points of view. It strengthens the presence of the brand in its mother country which is one of its important markets. It symbolizes the dynamic impetus given by the new CEO, Jean-Marc Pontroué. It also includes some aesthetic elements such as Calacatta marble which obviously refer to the city where it is located while respecting the latest architectural codes of Panerai. Finally, the opening of this boutique gave the opportunity to release a limited edition watch.

The Panerai boutique in Rome is located at 130 Via del Babuino, just a few meters from Piazza di Spagna, the heart of the luxury district, where all the boutiques of the most prestigious brands come together. This site was previously occupied by Kiton and I also knew very well this former boutique. Undoubtedly, the architects have worked well since despite a modest surface (50 m2), the boutique gives the impression to be much larger than before. And above all, everything has been done to welcome guests and clients with comfort. The front side of the boutique has a counter for presentations and quick talks while the back side, located behind a very pretty arch shaped structure brings together two tables of sale. The number of displays and showcases is important which gives an excellent view of the entire collection.

The entrance of the boutique at the 130 Via del Babuino:



The layout of the boutique has been cleverly designed, finally offering a beautiful space despite a modest surface:



There is no doubt that we are in Italy!

 

I took the opportunity of my visit to have a closer look on some pieces and discover the limited edition watch dedicated to the boutique.

I really like this Radiomir 3 days 47mm featuring a specific bezel (PAM0685, a special edition from 2017) even if I prefer the version with tropical dial:

 
We stay with the Radiomir, always in 47mm and still in the context of a special edition (but from 2018). And in this case too, I prefer the clear dial version. Anyway, this PAM0790 is a kind of UFO, having no luminescence and being inspired by the pendulum clock of the Firenze boutique:

 

The Luminor Tourbillon GMT is definitely a spectacular piece that takes advantage of its fast tourbillon (2 revolutions per minute). However, it offers a paradoxical rendering because in my opinion the Panerai style is better for simple watches than with complex aesthetic. Nevertheless, it is a very nice technical achievement.



I really like the Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition. The nuances of colors and the texture of the dial bring subtlety despite the size of the watch. This watch embodies one of the strategic orientations of the brand which has insisted a lot this year on the Submersible line and on the notion of experiences experienced by customers that could be made available during the acquisition of specific pieces.



Finally, here is the Luminor Marina 44mm dedicated to the Rome boutique. The engraved caseback obviously represents a famous location of the city, Piazza di Spagna and its famous stairs. I regret that this theme has been used again ... since IWC featured the very same Piazza di Spagna  for its Portofino dedicated to Rome! Richemont should be a little more imaginative, especially since the famous monuments and symbols are not missing in the eternal city. That said, the caseback is here much better realized than on the IWC piece.

 
 
The watch also differs from the catalog version thanks to its very comfortable strap:


The number of watches available in this limited edition (130) refers to the address of the boutique. The watch is comfortable to wear and is aimed at a clientele that I would call more generalist (automatic movement, presence of the date window).

Anyway, if you go to Rome, take the Via del Babuino which is one of the nicest streets in Rome and just before turning right on the charming Via Margutta, visit this new boutique. The director of the boutique, Mauro Colombo and his team will be happy to welcome you.

Fx

I love Fx in Rome! Thanks for this report.

 
 By: MichaelC : August 15th, 2019-13:24
Admittedly, I was a big Panerai fan as I started into high end timepieces.  Not as much anymore, but I still have a lot of fascination for them.  In some regards the 372 was a brand killer for me, I don't really desire any others.  But some of the Radiomirs and Subs still attract me.

Thanks Michael! [nt]

 
 By: foversta : August 16th, 2019-02:59
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The PAM 685 and PAM 790 are those which intrigue me the most. The chocolate dial of the 687 pleased me, when I discovered it 2 years ago.

 
 By: amanico : August 15th, 2019-13:32
PAM 687. 






Nice pictorial report, Fx. 

Best,

Nicolas

Yes, I almost purchased the tropical dial version... and in the end I didn't do it. I regret it a bit but it is not possible to buy everything. Thanks. [nt]

 
 By: foversta : August 16th, 2019-02:59
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It is a VERY COOL Radiomir, this 687. The only reason I didn't go for it is that I am trying to get the infernal trio 372 / 587 / 662 first. [nt] [nt]

 
 By: amanico : August 16th, 2019-03:03
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Well covered Fx...thanks for the write up! [nt]

 
 By: maverickmahesh : August 15th, 2019-13:51
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Thanks for your nice comment! [nt]

 
 By: foversta : August 16th, 2019-02:58
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In one aspect, the Panerai.....

 
 By: sergio : August 15th, 2019-14:59
tradition hasn't changed a bit: the size of their..first shop. From the cubicle like shop+laboratory, Giovanni Panerai opened on the Ponte delle Grazie in 1860, to the cubicle like one in Piazza San Giovanni (which was widened only recently). From the telephone booth's size in Portofino to the claustrophobic, hole in the wall of Milano (recently widened too) to the present "pint sized" Rome one, Panerai doesn't make a...splash. It starts in true...understated...fashion (less is more) much like the quintessential models that have helped her grow organically. Brava Panerai   

And from the profitability point of view... it is much better to have a small surface! Richemont will appreciate! ;-) [nt]

 
 By: foversta : August 16th, 2019-02:58
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Having been an executive myself.....

 
 By: sergio : August 16th, 2019-12:40
I've always loved the...crawl, walk, run...approach smile

Superbly put! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : August 16th, 2019-03:04
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Great report and recommendations.

 
 By: descartes1 : August 15th, 2019-15:06
Time is a dream city for watch collectors. So many small, interesting vintage dealers, as well a historic ADs. All with such style. The area of the city where the Panerai boutique is located is absolutely top for shopping, people watching etc.

Yes for sure! There are more and more interesting watches places in Rome... [nt]

 
 By: foversta : August 16th, 2019-02:57
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Thank you for taking us along , I really enjoyed it. [nt]

 
 By: ZSHSZ : August 15th, 2019-20:38
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Thanks for your words! [nt]

 
 By: foversta : August 16th, 2019-02:57
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