Panerai SIHH 2003 Report

Once again, I have just returned from the Geneva SIHH, bringing news of all things Panerai.

For an overview of what the SIHH is about, please see last year's report, particularly the "trip" section.

Overshadowed by economic travails and war, this year's show somehow felt like a slightly more subdued affair than last year. Many people I spoke to noted that they hadn't really seen a "Wow!" piece from any manufacturer. Jaeger LeCoultre had some nice additions to their line, IWC's Portugieser Perpetual Calendar was a very attractive piece, and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak "T3" edition was universally acknowledged to be unwearably large.

Probably not deliberately, but in keeping with the rest of the show, Panerai's new collection was a lot more restrained than last year's explosion of Historic pieces, special editions and collaborative ventures. Still, for the enthusiast there is plenty of interesting news.

This report is something of a "work in progress" - I am adding detail as answers come to light, so don't be surprised if it says something different to what it said the last time you read it! Also, poor lighting conditions led to long exposure times, and a surfeit of coffee led to shaky hands, so in contrast to last year's "Guy's forehead reflected in a thousand crystals" photo-fest, some of the pictures here are a little blurry. I'm particularly disappointed that I have singularly failed to capture the colour of the tantalum piece, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

A note on prices; I don't have a price list, so any prices I quote are from memory, and may well be inaccurate or change before any of these novelties actually ship.

 

Filling Out The Range - GMTs and the 44mm chronograph
Fine Tuning The Range
Special Editions
Discontinuations - Instant Rarity
Notes And Conclusions
Reference Summary
Boasting Points