Two Horological Legends Meet – Angelo Bonati and Alan Bloore

On October 4th, 2013 two legends of the watch world met for the first time face to face after a decade and a half long relationship on the internet. Angelo Bonati, the CEO and guiding father of Panerai and Alan Bloore, also known by his internet handle Hammer, one of the world’s greatest authorities on Panerai but also one of the watch universe’s most inspiring figures shook hands in Singapore just before a major Paneristi gathering of the tribe.

Wei Koh of Revolution interviews Angelo Bonati (Panerai CEO) and Alan Bloore
Wei Koh of Revolution interviews Angelo Bonati (Panerai CEO) and Alan Bloore

Bloore’s 2006 paralysis from the chest down after a Jet Skiing accident has been well documented. As has the fact that the Internet community known as Paneristi as well as the Panerai brand rallied together to show him tremendous support. In turn Bloore has been an extraordinary example of courage, determination, humor and kindness despite the most challenging twist of fate in his life.


He credits Panerai for being instrumental to his survival. He explains, “In my darkest hours, at the times where I was on the verge of giving up, it was the Paneristi community and Panerai that kept me going. It was the friendships that I made through this incredible community and the passion I have for the brand that has given me the will to go on.”





Bloore received a very special watch the “00” example of the PAM 532, a 47mm Radiomir 1940’s with the engraving “Paneristi Forever” on the back. A major feature on Bloore will appear in Revolution’s December 2013 edition.






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  1. ReTTo says:

    Alan is a gold friend of mine and one of the most inspirational people I’ve had the pleasure to know in my life. He is the most deserving of everything great in life and has climbed Everest after Everest and still makes the climb daily. He would not like such accolades and he would say that he is just like you or I, but the impact that he has on others as collectors, as friends or just those who have had the honor to hear him speak is unmistakeable. I have first hand knowledge of his amazing heart & Alan is nothing short of inspirational. Great write up Wei & spot on! Long time since we’ve spoke so I hope you are well my friend.

    Bob (ReTTo)

  2. Gatsby (of says:

    Thank you a Wei, for honoring my mate. I am extremely touched by this kind gesture

  3. Gatsby (of says:

    Thank you Wei, for honoring my mate with this article. I am extremely touched by this kind gesture

  4. Bravo Mr. Bonati, with your incredible action you have touched every Paneristi’s heart. Hammer is a very special individual, knowledgeable, and has managed to turn a very sad accident in his life, which to most would have been negative and turn it to a positive by his outlook on life and contagious personality. Alan AKA Hammer, has my total & complete admiration.

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