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Die-hard Panerai fan Miki Rosziman is all about building bonds through horology

The private equity training manager and Paneristi shares about his collection.

Brand band

“In 2016, a few of us, who were active on a Panerai sub-forum, started a WhatsApp group we called GPF Appassionati. GPF stands for Guido Panerai & Figlio – a precursor to Panerai that was established in 1864 – and ‘appassionati’ means enthusiasts in Italian. There are 40 of us, and we talk about everything – but mostly, we share our new acquisitions and discuss launches.”

 

Heiresses to the crowns

“Aside from Panerai, I’m also into Rolex. I really like the Rolex GMT-Master II because of its ease of use. I have the ‘Pepsi’ (red and blue bezel, pictured) and the ‘Coke’ ( red and black bezel), and intend to pass them onto my two daughters in the future. They’re three and six years old now. I laid out the watches and asked them: ‘Which do you want?’ My older girl pointed to the former, and the younger one was fine with having the latter. (Laughs.)

 

Come together

“I discovered Panerai in 2007. After researching the brand, I realised that the most powerful story behind it is its community. At that time, there was this American guy on the Paneristi.com forum. (Paneristi is the community’s term for Panerai enthusiasts.) He was so passionate about the brand, even though he couldn’t afford a Panerai. One day, the forum members decided to chip in and buy him one. That’s friendship.”

 

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Time to explore

“After meeting Panerai ambassador and explorer Mike Horn in 2018, I had to own a Mike Horn edition. I asked him which of those bearing his name was his most memorable. He said the Luminor North Pole GMT PAM 252 because he felt he had earned the watch, which was produced to commemorate his successful North Pole expedition. I plan to wear it when I go to Hawaii for a holiday with my family this year. I’m also going to meet up with a few Paneristi while I’m there.”

 

Team spirit

“Aside from the Panerai group, I’m also a member of the Singapore Rolex Owners Club and a Breitling owners Facebook group. I think it’s good to have a sense of belonging. If you buy a watch and you want to know the brand better, you learn more when you can get information from different people and hear different voices.”

 

Watches that best represent my collection

  • Panerai Luminor

    “Adventure”

    Panerai Luminor North Pole
    GMT PAM 252 in steel

 

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