FRIDAY FIX: News from Panerai, Hublot, Phillips, Girard-Perregaux and Chopard

Panerai Debuts 12 New Watches in Florence
Panerai debuted a full dozen new timepieces at the opening of its “Panerai – Dive into Time” exhibition in Florence. The watches, including new pieces in the Luminor Due, Luminor Marina, Radiomir 1940, and Radiomir Firenze collections highlight Panerai’s consistent innovations while staying true to its watchmaking tradition.  In homage to the exhibit’s host city, an intricately engraved case adorns the Firenze piece, available exclusively at the brand’s Florentine boutique.


The 2016 Mille Miglia Race Begins with a New Watch
Chopard has served as the official timepiece sponsor for the Mille Miglia race since 1988. This years race has resulted in a limited edition run for the brand new Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition. The release includes 1,000 pieces in stainless steel and 100 in 18-karat rose gold. The watch also boasts a COSC-certified new movement developed by Chopard. The largest chronograph in the Mille Miglia series at 46mm, the XL Race Edition certainly lives up to its extra large claim.

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and his wife Christine Mille Miglia 2015, Brescia, Italy, 14th May 2015 (c) Alexandra Pauli for Chopard
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and his wife Christine
Mille Miglia 2015, Brescia, Italy, 14th May 2015
(c) Alexandra Pauli for Chopard
Record-breakers at Phillips Watches
Phillips’ Geneva sale on May 14 and 15 saw six watches break the million-dollar mark, with final results surpassing the $33 million mark. A Rolex Antimagnetique stainless steel watch from 1942 broke the record for highest price paid for a Rolex at $2.5 million. Phillips’ next watch auction will take place in Hong Kong on May 31.
Rolex Antimagnetique ref. 4113 in stainless steel from 1942

Hublot Reveals Latest Kobe Collaboration
In honor of the freshly retired Kobe Bryant, Hublot released their third collaboration with the legendary NBA player last night at the ribbing cutting ceremony for Hublot’s newly renovated Beverly Hills boutique. The Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain is a limited release of 24 exclusive timepieces and honors Bryant’s status during his twenty years in the NBA as both a hero and villain to basketball fans.

Kobe Bryant and his signature Black Mamba debut the Classic Fusion HeroVillain timepiece.
Girard-Perregaux to Return to SIHH
Esteemed Manufacture Girard-Perregaux has announced a return to the centerstage at next year’s annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genevé. Regarding their return, Antonio Calce, CEO of the brand, had this to say, “As a founding member of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, Girard-Perregaux naturally regains its position alongside the most prestigious brands of Haute Horlogerie.”
Girard-Perregaux Laureato GP_LD_Laureato2016_PR copy
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato