Panerai Movement Scandal?

“The new P.9200 caliber used in Panerai’s recently introduced chronograph family is a basic ETA 2892-A2 with Dubois Dépraz chronograph module,” pereszcope.com reports, kicking off the Panerai movement scandal. The problem? By giving the movement an “in house” Panerai designation, the Swiss-not-Italian watchmaker stands accused of misrepresenting a garden variety movement – and charging through the nose for it. For example . . .

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Mondaine EVO2 Automatic

Mondaine sent me an email touting the Mondaine EVO2 Automatic. I called their U.S. contact number to get more deets on their New Collection. I pressed 1 for Sales. “The mailbox is full.” I called back and pressed 2 for Customer Service. Same message. No surprise there. Mondaine has been struggling to defend and extend a brand built on the Swiss Railways Watch’s stark minimalism. For example . . .

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Philippe Dufour Watch – Money Laundering?

Clickbait question aside, I have no evidence that A Collected Man sold the the Sultan of Brunei’s Philippe Dufour Grande et Petite Sonnerie rose gold wristwatch to someone trying to launder money. Evade taxes. Subsidize criminal activity. I have every reason to believe a fabulously wealthy collector bought the Philippe Dufour watch to have and to hold, from yesterday forth. Someone for whom $7.6m is pocket change. Also true . . .

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Locman Italy Herrenuhr Ducati

My last two posts covered the agony and ecstasy of co-branded watches (Co-Branded Watches – What’s The Point? and Breitling Bentley Partnership RIP). Mostly agony. So it makes perfect sense that I’m reviewing a Ducati-branded watch (/sarc). As you can see, the Locman Italy Herrenuhr Ducati is a time-only timepiece with a motorcycle mojo. There’s a lot to like about this watch, especially if you’re into ICE . . .

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Co-Branded Watches – What’s The Point?

“Why would Bentley need a watch partner?” commentator Sammy Toledo asks underneath yesterday’s post Breitling Bentley Partnership RIP. “If you can afford a Bentley, you should be able to afford one of those watches whose maker would never deign to co-brand, right?” Right! As a Bentley owner, I own a few tasty timepieces and precisely no Breitling Bentley watches. Looking at the selection at chrono24.com, I can see no reason to indulge. But Mr. Toledo’s comment raises some interesting questions about co-branded watches . . .

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