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Panerai Hardcover – June 10, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion; Slp edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080305417
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080305411
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As you'd expect from a brand of this stature, it's a massive, slipcased affair that conveys all the outsized luxuriousness of the timepieces themeselves." ~Men.style.com

About the Author

Simon de Burton is a watch specialist and frequently contributes articles on antiques and collectibles to The Financial Times. He authored The New Motorcycle Yearbook series.Giampiero Negretti is a watch expert and editor-in-chief of the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. He has written several books on Panerai including Legendary Watches and Panerai Historia: From the Depths of the Sea. He has co-authored books on other luxury timepieces including Patek Philippe, Piaget Watches and Wonders Since 1874, Masters of Time, Longines Watches, and Le Temps du Cartier.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fleastime on June 11, 2011
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This is a huge heavy book--your typical "coffee table" book--in size. The good news--it provides an adequate history of Panerai, with some interesting pictures to accompany the text, pictures of the major players in the company, pictures of the various sea-related pursuits the watches were originally intended for, over the course of the many decades that Panerai has operated, and a few pictures of a few watches, and their parts over the years. Here's the bad news--it isn't worthy of occupying space on your coffee table, or your book shelf for that matter--there just aren't enough PICTURES to make it worthwhile. You can do a web search for "Panerai" using the engine of your choice, click on "images" and you will see more and generally as good or better pictures of the various Panerai watches that have been produced since the company's inception. I love Panerai watches, and currently own two of them. I frequent various watch forums on the web, and am always eager for more information, and more "eye candy" (pictures of Panerai watches). This book was an incredible disappointment--a complete and utter wasted of money. The text is really too short to stand alone as a good historical piece, and the pictures are too few to be of any real significance to anyone. I hate to say this, but you can see more, and learn more, just by going to the Paneristi site and looking at their photo threads. Why waste your money on this book?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Garvin on September 20, 2008
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When you think of a 'coffee-table' book, large and impressive, you are thinking of a book the size of this book on the equally impressive-sized watches, derived from diving watches. Simple, stunning and beautiful as the subject, this book will make you love your Panerai wristwatch even more. Here are photographs in vivid detail, beautiful shots and historical information on the brand. This is my favorite watch photography book by far!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alon David on August 6, 2009
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This is one of the best books that panerai has out.
The pictures are amazing. Get this book if you are a panerai freak...
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As a big fan of the Panerai brand, I found in this book the perfect blend of art and information- a true reflection of the tool watch it is dedicated to covering: form meets function. Filled with striking photographs of some amazing timepieces, the book also gives a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the factory, showing photos of some of the watches going through the rigorous tests they must pass before being sent to their final homes. It's great fun to see those who have never heard of the brand peruse the book, and instantly become enamored with the huge watches with the funny crown guard. All of a sudden, the conversation turns from 'what is that?', to 'where can I get one?!' Overall, this book is for and by those who are passionate about the brand, and find in a utilitarian tool, a true piece of art.
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