The majority of this article is an interview with the insightful Panerai replica watches lover Mr. Jose Pereztroika who, in addition to being an accomplished designer, is what you might call a “forensic watch historian.” His passion for Panerai, as well as vintage Panerai watches and the brand’s history, has led to some rather surprising discoveries which aren’t always flattering to the people involved. Pereztroika has been slowly chronicling his research on specific historic Panerai watches and the circumstances around them on his website Perezscope. The site is a more watch-focused tome of research that, in my opinion, sits nicely next to the more general people- and history-focused Jake’s Panerai World website written by Jake Ehrlich.
Delving deep into the history of a major watch brand – especially one that so focuses on its own history – can be tricky business. Watch brands rarely kept sufficient records, and over the years with natural loss (and through various business ownership changes), it is understandable why it really takes an expert to sort out the “truth.” This is particularly important in an era when so many luxury brands (watches or otherwise) use history and heritage as a vehicle to “legitimize” themselves. Such concepts are by nature easy to manipulate and often have only tenuous to tangential relationships with the current ownership, operation, and business structure of the brand’s modern analog.
Since the late 1990s, when Panerai experienced a resurge of popularity (often and likely correctly attributed to actor Sylvester Stallone), the brand has become the darling of many collectors and was soon acquired by the Richemont Group (then known as Vendome). Today’s Panerai diving fake watches continues to produce timepieces in line with the theme of the brand’s historic pieces which benefit from combining that rare mixture of being both purposeful (utilitarian) and beautiful. Some might astutely argue that Panerai is also stuck in a sort of endless loop of design, being required to focus on the past, while not able to truly evolve into the future aside from using new materials, movements, and complications. With that said, Panerai undeniably produces some deeply appealing timepieces.
No single interview can extract the wealth of knowledge that Jose has acquired, and as Panerai limited edition fake watches researcher, he continues to closely inspect watches, images, documents, and other historical materials in order to discover the truth about a brand he admires.