Among the interesting highlights at this year’s annual BaselWorld watch fair for Hamilton fans will be the Pan Europ. Hamilton’s 2014 Pan Europ is a sure-winner for those who like vintage timepieces or those who enjoy collecting the brand’s historically-inspired watches.
The 2014 Pan Europ is inspired by the original of 1971 which housed the Calibre 11 automatic movement. The Calibre 11 was one of the world’s first automatic chronograph movements and it made its debut in 1969.
At first glance, the blue dial version of Hamilton’s Pan Europ of 2014 can be easily confused with its Pan Europ chronograph, another historically-inspired timepiece launched in 2011 which also features a rich-blue dial.
However, look closer and you’d discover that the Pan Europ (2014 version) is a three-hand watch and not a chronograph. Moreover, it comes with a day-date display at the three o’clock position whereas it is a date display at six o’clock for the Pan Europ chronograph of 2011.
In addition to the central continuous seconds hand in red, the Pan Europ three-hand watch also has what is described as “fiery red” minute tracks between one to fifteen on the dial (and not on the bezel).
With its 42mm diameter case, the 2014 Pan Europ is slighter smaller in size as compared to the Pan Europ chronograph which is 45mm in diameter.
Though the 2014 Pan Europ is powered by a new movement, the Calibre H-30 automatic with 80 hours of power reserve once fully-wound, you will not see this stated on the dial. [On the 2011 Pan Europ chronograph, it states: “Pan Europ” with “Calibre H31” underneath. The Calibre H31 has 60 hours of power reserve.]
The 2014 Pan Europ is available with a striking and sporty blue-white-red fabric strap (NATO strap). What will also strike many is the pricing where it is said that the version with the fabric strap will be around US$1,100 / SGD1,400 or MYR3,650 (Malaysian Ringgit).
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