Panerai Boutique Vancouver Grand Opening

Panerai is the latest luxury watch brand to make its way to Alberni Street and is the first stand alone boutique in Vancouver and second in Canada after the recently opened Toronto location in Yorkdale shopping centre.

Friendly and knowledgeable boutique staff showing timepieces to guests at the grand opening.
The iconic Panerai Luminor Marina dial clock makes for a great backdrop in the boutique.
From sporty to dressed up versions Panerai has something for everyone with an extensive selection of dials, and nearly limitless strap possibilities to customize your Panerai and make it your own.
Panerai North America President Giovanni Carestia touching on the history of Panerai and the unique Vancouver location.
Many pieces from the 2017 Panerai collection as well as special limited editions are available at the boutique. 

The Vancouver Panerai Boutique is located at 1008 Alberni Street, Vancouver BC. Hours of operation are 7 days a week 10am-6pm. For more information regarding Panerai timepieces please visit http://www.panerai.com/ 

First Hublot Boutique In Vancouver Celebrates With A Grand Opening

Hublot just celebrated the official grand opening of their first flagship boutique in Vancouver, and fifteenth location in North America. Hublot is one of the latest luxury watch brands to make its way to the Alberni Street corridor also referred to as the “Vancouver Rodeo Drive”. 

To mark this occasion Hublot brand ambassador Lang Lang the famed chinese pianist was in attendance and did a sit-down press event on the second floor of the boutique.

Lang Lang the talented classical pianist. Photo credit: @braindrain232 
Guests attending the grand opening for the Vancouver Hublot boutique. Photo credit: @Lordnantucket
Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver was also in attendance to support their ongoing partnership with Hublot. The La Ferrari limited production high performance hybrid sports car seen parked out front of the Hublot boutique for their grand opening. Photo credit: @braindrain232

Mechanical watches and high performance sports cars have alot in common: Both require alot of fine tuning and hand assembly including this very limited production Hublot La Ferrari timepiece: 

The Hublot MP-05: A tribute to the La Ferrari this piece was conceived by Hublot engineers to mimic the look and feel of having an engine on your wrist. This mechanical marvel is limited to just 50 pieces worldwide, has 637 components and a 50 day power reserve. Retail price: $300k+ USD Photo credit: @braindrain232
Hublot Ferrari edition timepieces. Photo credit: @braindrain232
A selection of Hublot Big Bang collection watches. Mixing high tech materials like ceramic and gold, the Big Bang line epitomizes avant garde watchmaking design. Photo credit: @lordnantucket 


The flagship boutique has the largest selection of Hublot watches in Vancouver, as well as boutique exclusive pieces. They are located at 1080 Alberni Street, Vancouver. V6E 1A3.


Breaking News: George Daniels Coveted “Space Travellers Pocket Watch” Sells for $4,325,936 USD At Sotheby’s In London.

The late Dr.George Daniels (August 19th, 1926 – October 21st, 2011). One of the few watchmakers in modern times that could create a timepiece almost entirely by hand without the use of modern machining technology. (Photo credit: BBC). 

October will mark six years since the passing of one of the greatest watchmakers of the 20th century. For anyone who has the slightest interest in watchmaking Dr. George Daniels literally wrote the book for aspiring horologists. As a legacy to his contributions to the world of watchmaking and specifically handmade or bespoke watchmaking this is the quintessential guide book for future generations who wish to follow in his footsteps.

A roadmap for watchmakers and watch enthusiasts alike. A wealth of information including diagrams, pictures, and a step-by-step tutorial for crafting handmade timepieces. (Photo credit: Amazon.com and Published by Sotheby’s London Circa 1981 with revised editions in 2009).

Over the course of his lifetime he created a total of 27 handmade timepieces. It should be noted that on average it could take in excess of 2500 hours to create a single timepiece. This included hand making screws, wheels, pinions, the dial, watch hands, watch case, and a number of other complex micro mechanical pieces for the watch. An example of an exceptional pocket watch known as “The Space Traveller” completely conceived and crafted by hand without the use of automation or modern machinery:

18k gold chronograph pocket watch with patented Daniels double wheel escapement, mean, solar, and sidereal time, age and phases of moon, equation of time indication. Circa 1982 (Photo credit: danielslondon.com/). This piece sold for $4,325,936.00 USD by Sotheby’s auction house in London at the time of publishing this article.

Paul Newman’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona To Be Auctioned On October 26th, 2017 By Phillips Watches In New York.  

Earlier this year Paul Newman’s legendary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference #6239 was found by Phillips Watches Auction House and will be up for auction next month on October 26th in New York with an estimated minimum bid exceeding $1 million USD (before buyers premium). Given the provenance of this watch and the cult following of early Daytona models I am certain that this piece will shatter all previous records paid for a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with my own guess being a final hammer price of around $10 million USD.  For vintage Rolex collectors this is the grail of all Rolexes of the Daytona variety.

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