Cortina Watch X Officine PaneraiWritten by Alvin Wong
Cortina Watch goes large for its 45th birthday.
Not one, but two commemorative editions. We say, why not?
The company has previously worked with the likes of IWC, Girard-Perregaux and Chopard L.U.C. for special editions timepieces to celebrate each five-year milestone.
Collaborating with Officine Panerai this time, Cortina Watch is offering two versions of the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic (PAM00751 and PAM00752) for keen-eyed collectors.
Limited to 45 pieces in steel (below) at S$21,800, and 10 pieces in red gold at S$38,800, the watches bear the collection’s distinctive profile, anchored by a plus-sized case (45mm, coincidentally?) and the signature crown guard. In spite of the epic milestone, Cortina Watch has decided to be subtle with its celebratory shout-outs, opting to etch the company name and anniversary year on the case screw-down caseback.
The watches may be wide, but they are suitable to be worn as dress watches, measuring just 10.7mm in height – almost 40 per cent thinner than other Luminor models. The timepiece’s svelte profile, however, belies its performance. Inside the watch is the in-house Calibre P.4000 offering 72 hours of power reserve. The movement has been skeletonised and decorated, which lends the watch an even greater sense of technical sophistication.
Cortina Watch has certainly come a long way since opening its first boutique at Colombo Court Shopping Centre in 1972. Today a veritable giant of Singapore watch retail, the company boasts regional footprints across Southeast Asia and beyond, with a total of 30 boutiques in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
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Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.