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Default STRAP REVIEW: Mario Paci "Tan Pre-V Brunitura PVD"

Reviewer: Mark A. (andrema)

Strap Being Reviewed: Pre-V by Mario Paci Tan with a sewn in Pre-V Brunitura PVD buckle

Strap was donated by Time Connection for review.


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Company Website: http://www.tcstraps.com/

Phone: 512.394.8894


About Mario Paci from his website:



Mario Paci was born in Florence on January 28th, 1955 and since he was a kid, he knew his passions; in fact his preferred playing was the ‘Maccano’ and construction.

After the obligatory school, he chooses the scientific studies, first the liceum and then the University in Florence, where he enters for Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation he entered the obligatory 1 year service in the military.

In early 1983 Mario received an invitation to interview at Officine Panerai of Florence: where he meets for the first time Ing. Dino Zei, who, after a brief conversation, says to Mario: “I want you to remain here until the old-age, up to your retirement….” This was February 4th 1983, and from this day the Mario Paci starts working at Officine Panerai, not knowing himself where he was, not knowing the history and the tradition of the historical Florentine Company.

But he will have the occasion to discover the history and in fact, as well as all people who work with and for this factory, he falls in love with it and he will never leave it: He loves all the products; military products of high technology and very high quality; he loves his colleagues who worked tirelessly with passion and seriousness; he loves the company’s history and that mysterious atmosphere that every day flits in the workshop and in all technical departments, where technicians conceive and test more and more new products, at very high level of secrecy also.

Mario Paci starts to work at the beginning as test-engineer and then he becomes later the Quality Assurance manager. Since 1992 Mario Paci had added to his duties the Q A of Panerai Watches. This was a dream come true which he worked with great enthusiasm and passion, until 1997, when, unfortunately, Officine Panerai sold the watches brand to Cartier (Vendome group).

This was a very sad moment for Mario Paci to whom they took away this very great passion from his hands. The Officine Panerai changed its name in Panerai Sistemi and in 1999 was sold to Calzoni of Bologna that hired Panerai Sistemi personnel and merged the know-how.

The Florentine factory remained open in until 2003, the year in which Calzoni decided to close it and transfer all the production activities to Bologna. Mario Paci remained in the Florentine factory up to the last day and he was the one that, with extreme and great sorrow, closed, at last, the door of this historic factory. He was transferred to Bologna where he is now working in in the same capacity in Quality Control of the products from the Panerai Sistemi.

After 1997, Mario Paci, having now fallen in love with the world of watches, decided to remain again into this world, even if as a collector only pre-V Panerai watches expert.

Mr. Paci's personal e-mail: [email protected]


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Strap Specifications:

· Material: Leather

· Color: Tan

· Length (mm): 125/80

· Width (mm): 24.0

· Thickness (mm): 3.0

· Stitching: Tan

· Buckle Type: PVD Pre-V


Price: $219


Description of Strap from Company Site:


From Mario Paci....Pre-V in the original Style from the Original Strap maker for your Panerai Watch

The Original Style used by Panerai in the 1990's...3mm thick, 2 loose keepers "New" Original style thinner pre-V PVD buckle

Hand Made in Castelfiorentino, Italy. No strap can be more authentic in leather and style than the Pre-V by Mario Paci


Packaging:

The strap arrived in a Time Connection branded leather sleeve. Inside, the strap was safely protected from damage during transit. In addition, the sleeve can serve double-duty as storage for the strap when it is not being worn.







Photos of the strap:

The "Tan Pre-V Brunitura PVD" is one of many premade Mario Paci straps that is offered for sale by Time Connection. The strap comes with two keepers, one which is sewn-in and the other is floating. The buckle is a sewn-in Pre-Vendome or "Pre-V" style, with a matte PVD finish.


The finishing of the strap is very nice. The strap has matching tan/gold stitching that blends in nicely with the tone of the strap. The stitching is evenly spaced and consistent throughout the piece. In addition, the crisply cut edges have been coated with a coordinating sealant for a nice, refined look.


I have to say, the stock images really do this strap a disservice. The color of the strap is a very rich redish tan tone, with a lot of character to it. It really is a great color for both PVD as well as stainless steel watches!




The underside of the strap has the Mario Paci logo, his signature and "Firenze", which means Florence in Italian.





The sewn-in matte, PVD "Pre-V" buckle is nicely finished and has Mario Paci branding placed along left side of the top edge.







Since this strap also comes in a stainless steel buckle version, I thought that it would be nice to show how the color would work with a stainless steel case. This should provide you with a good reference point:





Wrist Shots:

Please note: For reference purposes, the pictures below are taken on a 7.25 inch wrist.







A wrist shot with a stainless steel cased Panerai:










My Thoughts and Impressions:


When I was provided with the opportunity to review a Mario Paci strap, I jumped at the chance. These straps are very well known within the WIS community and well regarded within the Panerai crowd. With this being said, my expectations for the strap were fairly high.

At first glance, the “Tan Pre-V Brunitura PVD” had a warm and rich tone, which was contrasted nicely by the matte black buckle. The best way that I can describe the strap is that it looks to have a slightly mottled appearance, with very slight variations of tan throughout its surface. This combined with its finished edging, gives the strap a nice, refined appearance. All of these features combined allow the strap to be worn on a wide variety of watches and watch styles.

The fit and finish on this strap is very nice. In person, the edges of the strap are very crisp and the seal applied to dress the edges fits the overall feel of the watch and adds a bit of refinement to the strap. When received, the strap is slightly firm, but it quickly conformed to the wrist and had a nice, supple feel.


The one aspect of the strap that disappointed me was the finishing of the strap holes. As you can see from some of the photos below, the underside of the strap was fairly inconsistently finished. It would have been nice to see nice, crisp edges like the rest of the strap. With this being said, it is not noticeable from the top side of the strap and can easily be dismissed as immaterial.

In summary, the quality of his product very nice! This, coupled with the Time Connection's excellent customer service and quick delivery make the “Tan Pre-V Brunitura PVD” certainly worth the price of admission. I am very pleased with this strap and I will definitely consider ordering another strap from the Time Connection very soon!
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Great Review Mark.

Looks like it would be a little stiff at first, but Im sure it breaks in nicely. The leather itself looks really nice that will only get better with time.
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Great review! I actually prefer your pictures over the stock ones. The stock one makes it look like plastic.
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Nice- agree about the pics! Do like the finishes on the edges
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Thanks guys!
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Great looking strap.

Is the buckle stitched in, so it can't be changed out? Also, I'd rather go without the leather sleeve the piece is shipped in and see a saving in the price.

Thanks for the review Mark, pictures are great.
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It's a beautiful strap ! Truly visually stunning ! We are truly spoiled for choices with so many people making these work-of-art pieces ! On the other hand, I feel there's stiff competition for this strap in terms of price. Ultimately, it'll be a case of each to his own.
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Great looking strap.

Is the buckle stitched in, so it can't be changed out? Also, I'd rather go without the leather sleeve the piece is shipped in and see a saving in the price.

Thanks for the review Mark, pictures are great.
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Yes, the strap is sewn in. I showed it on a SS PAM to show how the tone works on that finish!
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