A relatively minor new introduction, the Panerai
PAM 359 is still one of my favorite new Panerai watches for 2010. Why? Well this is the first Luminor Marina style Panerai in decades with full Arabic numerals (that I know of). Usually you get just a few of the hours with Arabic numerals, and the rest are simple markers. Here though, you get a full dial with actual numerals in a way that is still very much Panerai. The 12, 6, and 9 are larger - assisting with adherence to the classic look. The numerals are in lume, recessed a bit under a matte black dial. The watch case is in steel and 44mm wide, and water resistant to 300 meters. There is a sapphire crystal on the front and back of the watch.
Inside the PAM359 is Panerai's in-house made P.9000 automatic movement with a 3 day power reserve, subsidiary seconds counter, and the date. Having an in-house movement of course increases the desirability of the piece to collectors. For me, placing all Arabic numerals on the dial actually makes it easier to read and plays with the Panerai look in a good way. Price is in the $7,500 vicinity.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review