Panerai doesn’t produce a huge selection of watches, but what they do produce seems to capture many people’s imagination.
Perhaps it is because they mix Italian design with Swiss engineering, or maybe it’s just their funky shapes and design. Either way, you will find hundreds of people online pining for a Panerai, but unable to afford one.
That is where homages (or alternatives) come in. The problem is, very few watchmakers have dared to make any, except for custom watchmakers and…the Chinese. And in most cases, these are homages of the Luminor only. I have yet to find many homages of the Radiomir online.
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Two manufacturers in particular, who are known for their “homages” have come out with a number of options – Megir and Parnis. But there are other options and well, from manufacturers, you might or might not even know exist. From the almost exact copy to the more humble homage, let’s take a closer look…