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Panerai Makes $19,500 Watch with a Carbon Fiber Composite Normally Used In Car Brakes

Sometimes it’s about the wearable watch – something versatile that looks equally good in the office or off duty. Sometimes it’s about the affordable watch – something that doesn’t feel like a punch to the wallet and pays just enough attention to form and function to avoid embarrassment. Other times, it’s not about either one of those things. It’s just about style. Timepieces from these watch brands will set you back a pretty penny, but it’s worth it if what you want is to turn heads and set tongues wagging.




The last few years Panerai has been pushing hard to put in-house movements into more and more of its watches. The watch we have here is indeed powered by Panerai mechanics, but it's what's on the outside that's new and exciting. The PAM 616's Luminor-style case is made of Carbotech, a carbon fiber composite that has never been used in watchmaking before. Tragic name aside, the material is a great fit for large, military-inspired watches and is a valuable addition to Panerai's arsenal.


The PAM 616's full name is the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech. "Carbotech" might sound like some sort of strange proprietary material shrouded in marketing smoke, but it's actually a pretty straightforward composite.







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Local Clock Repairer Shares 30 Years of Experience


 "A clock is a clock is a clock," said Joe Clark, a local clock repairer with more than 30 years of experience in restoring new, rare and antique clocks.


Clark said clocks are largely the same; once he learned the basic principles of repair, which he taught himself through books in the early 1980s, he could repair nearly any clock, and he still does.


"I was just fascinated by them," he said. "I have found a lot of pleasure in mechanical restoration, and I've had the privilege of working on some pretty unique and interesting clocks."



Learning repair work became a necessity after he bought an clock dealer's entire collection of nearly 500 clocks on a whim one day when he was visiting a store in Indiana, where he used to live.


"It's all my wife's fault," Clark said about his late wife, Wilma. "She said, 'Do you want to go to the clock shop with me and pick up this clock?' "





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