Panzera has released their second model, the Breuer 44. The Breuer, which I describe as a more classic dress watch, but updated to a modern size, is much different than their first offering, which was a Flieger model. The reason that I mention this, is while I love dive watches, so many new companies start off with dive watches. Panzera has gone in the opposite direction. Because, after all, we all could use a nice dress watch right?
The B44-02 Arctic, which is the official model name of the version I am reviewing, is a 44mm case, as the model name would imply. With this size, some might be turned off saying 44mm is too big for what is essentially a dress watch. And for some, that is the case. But for someone like myself, who prefers a slightly larger watch, this is the perfect size for a dress watch.
The Breuer 44 is what is referred to as Bauhaus style. Without writing an entire dissertation about what Bauhaus was, Bauhaus was a school founded in 1919 by German Architect, Walter Gropius. The teachings included art, architecture and much more, and had a huge impact on modern design. The Bauhaus design for watches really can be summed up in one word: minimalist. The design, especially the dial, is usually very clean. Most of the time without any numerals, thin hands and markers, and a sleek case design.
The Panzera Breuer 44 follows much of that design philosophy, and has a sleek round case with slightly curved long lugs, and a thickness of 9mm (excluding the domed mineral crystal, which brings it to about 12mm thick).
Please take a look at my first impressions and an up close look in the video presentation below:
Full specifications of the Panzera Breuer 44
MOVEMENT: Miyota 8215 automatic
CASE: Stainless Steel (316L)
Crystal: Domed Mineral with Anti Reflective coating
BACK: Screwed in with exhibition display(mineral)
POWER RESERVE: 40 hrs
CROWN: Screw down
STRAP: black leather with push-button deployment clasp
WEIGHT: 83 grams
2 YEAR Warranty
Price: $435 USD
Because I give a good look at the watch and point out many of its aspects in the video, for the written review, I like to go more into detail of what I like and dislike about the watch.
I feel the Panzera Breuer has a lot to offer, but there a few things I think could have been changed.
The high polish case finishing is done very well. It’s almost a mirror polish. The finishing gives the watch that luxury feel, but I would love to see a version with an all brushed finish, as I think that would allow it to be worn for a more casual look. Or maybe a combination of brushed and polished finishes.
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