Last Thursday, our team saw the official launch and opening of Officine Panerai, the 159 year old-Fiorentine-based brand’s very first boutique here (designed by the greatly acclaimed Spanish Architect and Designer, Patricia Urqiola) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We were invited by Panerai as special guests for the evening, so here’s a brief recap of what we saw, what we wore, and what we experienced that very evening.
I think for me personally, the highlight of the evening was our very own private viewing of the technically impressive Radiomir 940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT. Check out the photos below.
We also had the pleasure of viewing the beautiful and elusive PAM995 with a military green dial as seen here below.
I’ve also had the opportunity to try on one of my favourite offerings from Panerai – the PAM590 Luminor 8 Days Acciaio. This is a Panerai that is dear to my heart, and for good reason. For me, it is the Panerai to own, because it possesses traits that ties the history and the present for the brand, and it bears a very interesting seal that is seen only on a handful of Panerais to date, which I absolutely adore and find charming. The seal as seen on the 590’s 3 o’clock position “8 Giorni Brevettato”, which means “8 days patented” in Italian first surfaced on a Luminor Submersible produced for the Egyptian Navy back in the mid 1950s. Apart from that, the 590 is technically impressive for its 8 day power reserve, it is also aestehtically simple, casual, and it retains the traditional and iconic aesthetic of a Panerai Luminor i.e patent crown guards, beautiful Sandwich dial, Bettarini case etc which are all features that gradually drew me into the watch.
Overall we had a really fun and engaging evening at the launch, we bumped into some familiar faces and some old friends as well. Truth be told, this actually isn’t my first time in the boutique but being in here that evening felt somewhat fresh but familiar at the same time. Albeit the massive crowd and turn-out, the service was still pretty much top notch and impressive, so on that note, a big thank you to Li Min and Jean Koh from Panerai for taking really good care of us that evening.
In any case, if you’re around Pavilion KL, I highly recommend you pay them a visit.
Officine Panerai Pavilion Boutique,
Lot 2.46.01B, Level 2, Pavilion KL.
Contact: +603 2142 5999
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