Like it or not “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins is one of those classic songs that everybody knows. Especially if you were a product of the eighties like me! Aside from being an accomplished and respected musician, Phil Collins is a watch enthusiast. More specifically, Panerai enthusiast!
Phil was recently on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon . He was wearing Panerai PAM00051 which is a 40mm Luminor Marina with a white arabic dial on a brushed and polished stainless bracelet. He wore this while being interviewed by Jimmy Fallon and then after while he was performing his iconic and classic tune, “In the Air Tonight”. For the record, I first saw a pic of Phil Collins wearing this watch on my friend and colleague, Jake Erlich’s blog, Jakes Panerai World back in February of 2014.
This is NOT usually the Panerai you would expect a musician to wear because its on the smaller side for Panerai at 40mm. However on a bracelet it looks more masculine and sizable. Also the white dial is not something you commonly see Panerai enthusiasts wearing. Somehow it all works and looks very appropriate on his wrist. I love that on one hand the average person probably doesn’t know what it is but on the other hand the watch and more importantly the bracelet is very iconic and recognizable, especially amongst watch guys. This watch is NO longer in production. I believe the last retail on this watch was $8,600. A lot of people are not familiar with this but the bracelet was inspired by the device protecting the crown and is made out of brushed and polished stainless steel.
The dial has 10 black contrasting Arabic numerals. There is a bubble date at the three o’clock. I love that Panerai took it’s inspiration from Rolex for the bubble date and put it underneath the crystal not on top so it doesn’t stick out and break up the symmetry of the dial as much.
Even though this watch is discontinued, I can help you acquire one. Please feel free to contact me here
Please watch Phil Collins singing Air Tonight on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and spot his Panerai watch!