Sunday, April 8, 2012
Anonimo Cronoscopio Mark II Special Edition
This is big watch which is much the fashion these days. It is a 44mm case and if it looks like a Panerai well it should. There are some historical influences which I will discuss in a minute. Anonimo is a Italian dive watch with long tradition of Florentine watchmaking.
Panerai in recent years has exploded in popularity largely from celebrities like Sly Stallone, Jason Statham seen wearing them. This popularity lead a holding company of luxury goods (I forget which one and I'm too lazy to look it up) to buy the brand but the holding company only had interest in owning the name not skills of the Italian workforce. The company moved Panerai out of Italy and into Switzerland leaving hundreds of Italian watchmakers out of work. The Swiss Panerais are excellent watches but they fail to capture what made Panerai, Panerai.
I recently started looking at Anonimos online and am shocked at what they are currently going for, I'm sure that is partially due to a weak dollar. I believe there is small but growing fans of Anonimo, I do not believe it will ever reach the status of what Panerai currently holds but I believe these watches are worth a look. They are less about status and more about having a connection with the past. I personally like that fact.
There is some information regarding how Panerai came about and some pctures of early Panerai models in the book 1001 Wristwatches.