Remember the time earlier than journey restrictions? I do – all too nicely – as I like to journey. For the previous yr, I, as so lots of you, have been restricted to 1 and the identical nation and I can’t wait till travelling is feasible once more. The different day whereas searching via my iPhone photographs, I got here throughout my 2019 Moscow journey to attend the second worldwide Paneristi Russia GTG. For some purpose, I completely missed to share this wonderful expertise with my readers. I completely love Moscow! I had attended the primary GTG again in 2018 and should say, the town is actually fascinating and the folks I met are open-minded and genuinely good.
In May 2019, I travelled from Malaysia to Europe, first to attend the watch auctions in Geneva, Switzerland and later to fulfill the son of an necessary Italian Gruppo Gamma frogman in Gallipoli, Italy. The latter was a really inspiring expertise which I shared on my web site on the time.
Read extra: A Journey To The Origins Of Panerai’s Egypt Chapter
After Gallipoli, I went to Barcelona, Spain to spend a while with my dad and mom. It was right here had been I received my Russia visa and from the place I flew to Moscow, with a brief layover in Munich.
The airplane landed in Moscow Demodedovo Airport after a brief three hours flight.
Demodedovo Airport is one in every of three worldwide airports in Moscow. Except for a couple of clouds, the climate was delicate and welcoming.
My trip to downtown Moscow, organized by my good buddy Anton.
On the best way to the lodge we handed the enduring Ministry of Foreing Affairs of Russia constructing which is one the well-known Seven Sisters, a gaggle of seven skyscrapers designed in Stalinist type and constructed between 1947 and 1957.
After checking-in at my lodge at Tverskaya Street, Anton picked me as much as go for dinner at a near-by restaurant that has a terrific number of wine.
For the following day, the Russian Paneristi had deliberate a go to to the Russian Navy History Museum positioned within the outskirts of Moscow. The important attraction is a decommisioned diesel-electric Russian assault submarine of the Tango-class which will be boarded. We had been very excited.
Once arrived on the museum, the very first thing that caught my eye was not the submarine although, it was this formidable monster. A Soviet Ekranplan often known as floor impact car.
The Ekranoplan was principally a flying ship that used a cushion of air that happens when a wing is travelling near the bottom. The A-90 Orlyonok exhibited on the museum is the smaller model of the so-called Caspian Sea Monster, one of many largest and heaviest aircrafts ever constructed.
Another tremendous attention-grabbing car exhibited on the museum is a mid-size amphibious assault GUS class LCAC hovercraft which was decommisioned within the early Nineties.
These issues are large and had been powered by three 780 hp fuel generators, one for carry and two for propulsion.
As with every part man-made, nature will declare it again, ultimately.
Next we took a tour the place we realized attention-grabbing issues about Russian submarine improvement.
Always fascinating to see submarine escape fits which had been utilized by survivors of disabled submarines to flee the vessels from roughly shallow depths.
The museum displays additionally some bits from the Kursk Ok-141, the nuclear submarine that sank within the Barents Sea in August 2000 and was raised with worldwide assist.
Time to enter the submarine, we could? See the flag within the entrance? That is the Russian naval jack which is usually displayed on the bow (entrance) of Russian Navy vessels.
We entered the submarine via the torpedo compartment, which might be probably the most thrilling a part of the vessel. The torpedo tubes function with excessive water strain. Once the torpedo is loaded into the tube and the breech door is shut and locked, the tube is flooded. The torpedo is then launched by thrusting a big quantity of water into the tube at excessive strain.
The torpedo stowage compartment, often known as Bomb Shop, with intricate loading system. These torpedoes weigh a number of tons.
Watertight compartment door with checklist of indicators for use between compartments in case the door must be locked.
Next up the management room, extra particularly the pilot’s seat the place a lot of the steering is completed. Keep in thoughts that B-396 was decommisioned lengthy earlier than laptop screens made their means into trendy submarines.
See the silver gauge that shows the submarine angle? That is a so-called clinometer or inclinometer.
G. Panerai & Figlio, the unique Panerai firm from Florence, was a producer of gauges and devices for the Italian Navy. Among different issues, in addition they made clinometers for submarines.
The radar and sonar station.
Beautiful intercom made from bakelite.
Ok, sufficient of the submarine. See the flag at stern? That is the Russian naval ensign.
Wait, who that every one smiles? Seems like Rifat actually loved the submarine tour, as did I.
Alright, what’s subsequent? Sergio and Anton discussing…
Surprise, shock! Next cease was the Panerai boutique in Moscow.
It is all the time fascinating to stroll into these boutiques the place they proudly show the historical past the model. The factor is, the knowledge on the wall is wrong. See the 1936 merchandise within the image beneath? That is a watch that was assembled within the early Nineteen Sixties. The 1940 entry is fallacious as nicely. Those watches had been made by Rolex after World War 2, between 1953 and 1955 to be particular.
Inaccurate can also be the 1950 story. The tritium-based luminous coumpound named Luminor was launched within the mid Nineteen Sixties, not in 1950. The first watch to ever function the enduring Panerai crown-protecting system was the GPF 2/56 from 1956. The Rolex-made Ref. 6152/1 with the enduring cushion case obtained the crown guard modification solely within the late Fifties.
Moving on, listed below are three cool dudes! Serge, Rifat and Konstantin.
Sergio subsequent to Panerai boutique supervisor Julia who is aware of how one can take care of a big group like ours and was very welcoming certainly.
After the boutique go to, it was time for the principle occasion, dinner at Andy’s & Friends.
Andrei aka Andy may be very enthusiastic about Panerai, a lot so, he created a particular room within the basement of his restaurant which is impressed by the Orologeria Svizzera store from the late Twenties.
The Russian Paneristi had been among the many first to accumulate one in every of my Panerai Time Machine prints. It was properly framed and hangs contained in the Paneristi room.
The dinner at Andy’s & Friends was nice enjoyable as traditional. Here we see Oleg giving a speech.
Let’s take a look at some watches now. This is Rifat’s gorgeous Pre Vendôme Panerai Luminor Logo 5218-201/A from 1993. Contrary to standard perception, these watches weren’t designed by Bettarini however by the Swiss watch producer Guenat SA Montres Valgine who was additionally chargeable for their manufacturing.
Here is one other magnificence, Sergio’s PAM 232.
And after all the compulsory desk shot.
Great temper throughout the fortunate draw.
Aside from a couple of posters for the fortunate draw, I additionally introduced a bit current for Andy’s Paneristi room. A big replica of a 1943 brochure illustrated by Vittorio Pisani.
The print was properly framed within the meantime.
The subsequent day, Anton and Sergio agreed to point out me the well-known Hotel Ukraina, one of many Seven Sisters skyscrapers designed in Stalinist type. But first, Anton and I met with Rifat for a farewell lunch as he was about to return to Istanbul. Below you see Anton’s 026 (left), my Eterna SuperKontiki with double scale no-deco bezel issued to the Marina Militare in 1964 and Rifat’s Luminor Logo.
Since it was a fantastic day, we walked to the Hotel Ukraina alongside the attractive Garden Ring boulevard. One of the buildings alongside the best way has an attention-grabbing construction atop. The tower jogged my memory of the Tatlin Tower, a Russian Constructivist design from round 1920 by Russian artist and architect Vladimir Tatlin. Tatlin’s tower was deliberate to be 400 meters excessive, a lot taller than the Eiffel Tower, however was by no means constructed.
As a few of it’s possible you’ll know, I studied structure earlier than getting sucked into promoting. I’m nonetheless very enthusiastic about design and structure. The constructing within the image beneath can also be one of many beforehand talked about Seven Sisters. The Kudrinskaya Square Building with a top of 176 meters.
On the best way we additionally handed the previous U.S. Embassy of Moscow. It is claimed the Soviets stuffed the constructing with covert listening units and from 1953 and 1976, they irradiated the construction with microwaves. A brand new constructing was errected in 1979 however brief after in 1985, it was discovered that the colums, which had been constructed by Soviet employees, had been riddled with itemizing units.
After turing to the appropriate and passing the brand new U.S. Embassy buildings, we lastly reached the Hotel Ukraina. An imposing construction, virtually 200 meters excessive. The Hotel Ukraina is the second tallest of the Seven Sisters. The tallest is the Moscow State University.
View from the restaurant on the highest flooring. The white constructing within the entrance is the White House which homes the Russian Parliament. In 1993, the White House performed a significant position throughout a constitutional disaster. Army tanks surrounded the constructing and fired on the higher flooring.
The view from the Hotel Ukraina is completely wonderful. The subsequent image exhibits the Moscow International Business Center (MIBC) which is often known as Moscow-City.
The OCD is robust with this one…
Next up, Sergio wished me to see a nuclear bunker complicated that’s located deep beneath Moscow and has turn out to be a vacationer attraction often called Bunker 42. To get there, we took the metro. The previous metro stations in Moscow are completely beautiful. The stations had been nicknamed “palaces of the folks”. The image beneath exhibits the Kiyevskaya (Filyovskaya line) station which opened in 1937.
Most stations are deep beneath the floor, 30 and extra meters deep. They had been used as shelters throughout the warfare.
Leaving the metro via the Taganskaya vestibule.
Ready for the bunker expertise? The unique entrance was masked as an previous constructing.
The facility was inbuilt 1950 as a communications headquarters within the occasion of a nuclear assault and is positioned at a depth of 65 meters. That is a great distance down, particularly since guests want to make use of the steps. The once-secret facility consists of 4 parallel bunkers which are interconnected via smaller tunnels. The latter are lined with thick metal plates which ends up in a singular and considerably menacing look.
The important tunnels are huge. They had been constructed by identical employees that constructed the Moscow Metro and used the exact same strategies.
The Soviets detonated their first nuclear bomb in 1949. A mock-up of the primary system is exhibited in one of many tunnels.
The subsequent day, I met with my buddy Denis who had supplied to point out me some attention-grabbing buildings in and round Moscow. Denis owns a PAM 360 Paneristi Special Edition. An awesome trying watch with out foolish .com deal with on the dial.
The first constructing we checked out was inbuilt 1925 and served as headquarters of the Izvestia newspaper, which was the very first Soviet newspaper. The constructing, initially deliberate as 12-storey tower however redimensioned throughout development following the passing of recent top restrictions throughout the Garden Ring, is a masterpiece of Russian Constructivist structure.
Next one thing actually bizarre. A 400 meters lengthy constructing from 1986 that homes practically 1,000 flats. The moscovites endearingly name it house-boat or horizontal skyscaper.
Right throughout the road is the Danilovsky market that resembles an oldschool UFO from far.
The Danilovsky market has turn out to be a veritable meals haven.
Next one other masterpiece of Russian Constructivist structure. The Shukhov Tower, a 160 meters excessive broadcasting tower erected between 1920 and 1922.
On the best way again to the lodge I arrived on the stunning Mayakovskaya metro station which was put into service in 1938.
When I lastly arrived on the lodge, Anton was ready on the reception and requested me to comply with him. He introduced me straight to a different reception close to the previous KGB constructing the place whistleblowers ask for political asylum 😀
This was my final night in Moscow. Anton really introduced me to Andy’s & Friends the place the fellows stunned me with a farewell dinner and a unbelievable little current:
From Russia with love. Russian Paneristi.
Thank you very a lot my buddies. I’m trying ahead to the following GTG in Moscow, or St. Petersburg?
On my means again to Malaysia, I had a couple of hours in Paris which I used to have a better take a look at this watch.
I hope you loved this little journey report. Thank you to your curiosity. As talked about earlier, I already travelled to Moscow in 2018. Please discover the hyperlink the beneath.
Read extra: A Journey To Mockba (2018)