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Panerai Exhibition: ‘O’Clock – time design, design time’

Wow, this is pretty cool.  Check out the Damien Hirst piece as part of Panerai’s ‘O’Clock’ exhibition, taking place in Milan until 8th Jan 2012.  How many dials?!

I’d love this.  Not sure the wife would be quite so thrilled though ;-)

Read on for the full press release.

[Press Release] MILAN, Italy, October 2011 – Officine Panerai presents the “O’Clock – time design, design time” exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum. The exhibition explores the relationship between time and design with works from 80 international designers and artists. The exhibition is curated by Silvana Annicchiarico and Jan van Rossem, with a special 8-timepiece installation by Patricia Urquiola entitled, “I mondi di Officine Panerai” (The Worlds of Officine Panerai).

On the occasion of the exhibition, British artist Damien Hirst is premiering two works, made using the spin painting technique and using dials from Panerai watches and household gloss on canvas: Beautiful Sunflower Panerai Painting and Beautiful Fractional Sunflower Panerai Painting.

“I love Panerai”, declared the British artist. “The watches are timeless and I made this spin painting using black Panerai watch faces without hands in the pattern of the seeds in the head of a sunflower – I hope the painting makes you think, we are here for a good time, not a long time.”

Beautiful Sunflower Panerai Painting and Beautiful Fractional Sunflower Panerai Painting are a collaboration between Officine Panerai and Damien Hirst who, on several occasions in the past, has included Panerai watches in his works; a Panerai watch is painted on a table next to medicines and a skull in “Skull with Watch” from 2005 and is physically present in the installations “The Tranquility of Solitude (for George Dyer)” (2006), and “Killing Time” (2008).

Visitor Information
time design, design time
(until 8 January 2012)

Milan Triennale Museum
6 Viale Emilio Alemagna
20121 Milan, Italy
Tuesday – Sunday 10:30a – 10:30p
Thursday – Friday 10:30a – 11:00p

Studio Sovrappensiero, Scented Time, 2008. Photo by Emanuele Zamponi
Patricia Urquiola, “I mondi di Officine Panerai” (The Worlds of Officine Panerai), 2011. Photo by Fabrizio Marchesi
Damien Hirst, “Beautiful Sunflower Panerai Painting”, 2011. © 2011 Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved DACS. Photo by Prudence Cuming Associates
Damien Hirst, “Beautiful Fractional Sunflower Panerai Painting”, 2011. © 2011 Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved DACS. Photo by Prudence Cuming Associates

Marc Ecko Wall Street

No guarantees that if you do splash out and buy this Wall Street model from Mark Ecko you won’t wake up and find a bunch of anti-globalisation protestors occupying your back yard.

You have been warned!

Aside from the risk of crusty ne’er-do-wells hassling you, this is a fairly basic model: 42mm stainless steel; Japanese quartz.

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Doxa Shark Ceramica XL Diver

Doxa have released their 1200-piece limited edition ‘Ceramica XL Diver’.

With added shark!

This is a 48mm stainless steel and ceramic piece.

It has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 300 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic ETA caliber 2824-2 with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 40 hours.

Price: TBC.

Romain Jerome DeLorean DNA

Great Scott!

Romain Jerome, famed for stuffing bits of interesting .. stuff (the moon, the Titanic, Monaco..) into their watches are going back to the past in a collaboration with DeLorean Motors.

Expect to see the creation unveiled soon, replete with 1.21Gigawatt Flux Capacitor.

Possibly ..

Meistersinger Neo

MeisterSinger, the masters of single-handed timepieces, have released their ‘Neo’ model.

It’s a relative tiddler at 36mm, but I love the way the domed plexiglass crystal works with the very thin case – this watch is all dial!

Movement is an ETA 2824-2 automatic mechanical movement.

You get a sunburst dial in a choice of five colours: sunburst silver-white, white, sunburst ivory, sunburst anthracite and sunburst blue.

The Meistersinger Neo should be priced around the $1000 mark.

Buben & Zorweg Titan

There seems to be a bit of a trend at the minute to make the humble watch winder into much more of a beasty.

This one from Buben & Zorweg – the appropriately named ‘Titan’ – is one such example.

Aside from winding capacity for 36 watches this is also a safe, a cigar humidor and an iPod dock.  Actually, make that last feature a ‘HiFi system with Bluetooth & MP3 docking station’.

There’s an automatic door opening function with extending interior and LED lighting with fading technology.

And in case you were still thinking ‘so what’, it also weighs 650Kgs!

Features include: European security standard VdS IV, a patented, weight-reducing safe wall construction with RELASTAN, PAXOS compact high-security locking system which is connectable to the home alarm system.

But for those of you who are never satisfied with this off-the-shelf nonsense you can of course request further customisations.

A coffee maker perhaps?  Or robot arms? …

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf

Shades of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas in this Omega Golf model, don’t you think?

Launched to celebrate a deeper foray into the golf world, this is a 41.5mm model in stainless steel.

It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 150 meters.

The black dial has green elements, and the indices are 18kt white gold.

Inside you’ll find the Swiss automatic Omega caliber Co-Axial 8500.

Apparently this is the first practical (note the qualifier) new watch escapement to be introduced in some 250 years; one benefit of which is a much longer period between services than prior movements.

Omega guarantees the timepiece for four years.

MSRP is $4,600.

Available in the U.S (no word on other countries yet) from November 2011.

BRM Records TB-10000 Tours

What do you make of this one?

Available in December this year, this is the unusual BRM TB-10000 Tours watch.

The odd shape is designed to give you the best viewing angle when you’re bombing along in your sportscar.

It’s a 44mm piece (although measurements for this form factor might be somewhat moot) in a titanium and carbon fiber case.

The movement is a Swiss ETA 2671 which has been modified to work in the 90-degree angle case.

Not sure how many of these will be made, but if you want one for Xmas then head off to your local BRM dealer with 8,200 Euros in your sky-rocket and might just be in luck.

Sinn EZM 10 Chronograph

Sinn continue to go from strength to strength (in my humble opinion of course).

Here’s the EZM 10 Chronograph.

It’s made from something called ‘tegimented titanium’ (nope, no idea – although Sinn are very good at materials that are super anti-magnetic / anti X-Men powers etc).

The watch is 44mm in size.

It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 200 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Sinn caliber SZ01 (base ETA) with 34 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours.

MSRP is 4,000 Euros.

Oris RAID 2011 Alarm

Ooh, now this is an Oris that I really do like!

The RAID 2011 Alarm has come about due to Oris’s association as the official timekeeper and watch partner of the RAID Suisse-Paris, which assembles pre-1975 classic cars for a rally covering almost 1,000 km.

The dial takes its cue from the dashboard of the classic English Austin Healey 100M.

The watch is a 50 piece limited edition 42.5mm piece in stainless steel.

It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and is water resistant to 30 meters.

Movement is a Swiss automatic with alarm module developed by Oris.

MSRP is 7,800 Swiss Francs.

Good job Oris!

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