This year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) saw the release of Officine Panerai‘s Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica, a model truly to be reckoned with. The brand’s newest creation combines Panerai’s trademark tourbillon mechanism with a dual time display, a mix of unrivaled sophistication and innovation.
The tourbillon is a part of a watch escapement that counteracts the effects of gravity, invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1795. Watches with this feature mount the escapement in a “carriage” or rotating frame that turns 360 degrees at regular intervals, reducing gravitational error. At the time that Breguet finalized his invention, most watches were pocket watches and thus were almost always in one position. The effect of gravity on these timepieces was especially conspicuous, so to offset adverse changes Breguet provided the perfect solution.
The Luminor 1950 has a personalized Panerai leather strap and an adjustable buckle made of steel. The 48 mm diameter case is made of synthetic ceramic with a zirconium powder base, showcasing the adept skill of Panerai’s manufacturing. The processes undergone to achieve the final model’s matte black color are particularly complex and thoroughly ensure resistance to corrosive agents, high temperatures and scratches.
The Luminor 1950 functions by the Panerai P.2005 movement, which produces 28,000 vph and exhibits a six day power reserve, thanks to a three series-connected spring barrels. The 12-sided titanium back displays a centered window of sapphire crystal so that one can glimpse at the P.2005 mechanism in action. This is the first time a Panerai model has had the P.2005 B version built in, which is essentially a blackened version of the traditional movement. Panerai’s patented tourbillon mechanism has the balance rotate on its axis every 30 seconds.
The black dial lends more to the Luminor 1950’s theme of graphic simplicity, with Panerai’s original sandwich structure to help provide for maximum visibility even under very dim lighting conditions. At 3 o’clock, the small dial indicates the time over 24 hours as well as am or pm. The dial at 9 o’clock connects to the tourbillon and moves twice as fast as the second hand, thus deemed the small seconds dial. It consists of multiple dot markers and completes one revolution in half a minute. This dual time concept is a Panerai method implemented in many models. Combined with the tourbillon, the Luminor 1950 reinforces at once both tradition and modernism.
Are you one of the many people who are not blessed with 20/20 vision? Do you hate squinting at your designer watch trying to figure out what in the heck the time is? Many designer watches today have tiny numerals or even non-existent numerals. They also have numbers on the outside, numbers and markings on tiny sub-dials, which can make a person with less than perfect vision get frustrated. Luckily there is a watch with style and simplicity that makes telling the time easy breezy.
The Panerai Luminor Base Mens Watch is a dream come true for someone who wants to be able to tell the time easily but not look like a total grandpa at the same time. The black dial has large white Arabic numerals marking the 3,6,9, and 12 o’clock positions. For the other hour positions there are white stick markers. Both numerals and the stick markers are luminescent as well.
The 44mm case is made of polished stainless steel with a fixed bezel also of stainless steel. The crystal protecting the dial is 3.5 mm of thick corundum Sapphire which has an anti reflecting coating. The back is screwed down stainless steel. All this is brought together nicely around your wrist with a calf-skin leather strap with a large steel buckle.
This watch has two basic time telling functions: minutes and hours. The movement is mechanically powered by hand with a Panerai OP. Its power reserve when fully hand wound is 56 hours. The water resistance of this watch is 300 meters.
Pros: The numerals are very easy to read. The watch is simple. Its basic colors make it easy to match with. It also comes with a 2 year warranty.
Cons: It’s hand-wound so if you forget to wind in 56 hours, you lose the time. There are no seconds, the date, or the day on this watch. When it says basic and simple, it means basic and simple.
Panerai has developed such a reputation and fan base that it became the official supplier of watches for the Italian navy. It runs between $4,000-$5,000 which isn’t as expensive as many of its variations. The biggest difference between this Panerai and other models is its simplicity. Other varieties have all of the hours and the minutes marked on the face of the watch, as well has having a “small seconds” at the 9 o’clock position. It is a good watch for a man who wants something simple, clearly legible, and has a well known reputation of reliability.
The P.9000 movement is entirely created and made by Panerai, the launch was in 2009. This calibre has driven many Panerai watches, but the new Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Composite is one of the most innovative releases of 2011. Panerai Composite is a synthetic material used in the making of the case and the bridge that protects the crown. It is lighter than ceramic, tougher than steel and was created using an advanced electro-chemical process that transforms aluminum. It has a matte and distinctive appearance. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock and the small seconds are located at 9 o’clock.
The large dial is a sandwich construction with two superimposed layers containing SuperLuminova to create the fluorescent figures and hours for easier reading under water and in darker situations. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the dial. It has a power reserve of three days, is water-resistant to 30 ATM and has a strap of antiqued brown leather with a composite buckle. The case back is protected by a smoke sapphire crystal allowing one to see the inner workings of the watch. This timepiece is unadorned but the simplicity of it accentuates its elegance, it is true to the Panerai style and is yet another innovative move for the company.
Discover Panerai watches. You’ll be glad you did. If you are a watch enthusiast or just have an appreciation for true mechanical engineering…you’re going to love Panerai. The company has made high quality precision instruments for professional use, for decades. They bring all that innovation to their watchmaking. Panerai watch movements are exceptional and compare to none. One of the watches from their Contemporary line is the Luminor Chrono Daylight 44MM. This men’s watch by Panerai is full of style, as well as smarts. The Chrono Daylight is all Swiss made quality, it is a true, certified Chronometer and is powered by Panerai’s automatic mechanical movement. It has a 42 hour power reserve, a devise for anti shock, and 32 jewels. The case is a large 44mm size, and is crafted from stainless-steel in a brushed finish. The bezel is also in that brushed stainless-steel finish, and the crystal is an anti-reflective sapphire, with a clear backing. This Panerai watch is water resistant to 100 meters. All that is good stuff, and I have great respect for the craftsmen at Panerai, but what caught my attention is the style of this men’s watch. Panerai put all that precision excellence is such a handsome package. This Panerai watch is made in a deep teal blue. The face and alligator leather strap match perfectly, and are in harmony with the brushed steel accents. Panerai watches are exceptional, but in this case…the color sold me!
Panerai watchesare some of the finest Italian watches on the market. Ferrari is undoubtedly the most recognizable Italian automotive company in the world. Obviously if these two companies of mechanical excellence team up the result would be remarkable, and the Panerai Ferrari Special Edition 2007 Perpetual Calender is exactly that.
This Panerai watch is one of the most luxurious driving-inspired timepieces ever created. Its movement is the automatic mechanical Panerai OPXXII calibre. It features a monometallic Glucydur balance along with an Incabloc anti-shock device, protecting and solidifying the movement. It alternates at 28,800 revolutions per hour and has a 48 hour power reserve. To top it off, the rotor is engraved with Ferrari’s iconic Prancing Horse.
Containing this fine Panerai movement is a case and bezel made of 19 ct pink gold. The case back is also made of pink gold and is personalized with the Ferrari 60th anniversary logo. The watch’s dial has a black square grid decoration that features the Ferrari logo and Prancing Horse at 12 o’clock. Many subdials populate the dial: small seconds are found at 9 o’clock; the month and 4 year calendar is at 3 o’clock; and the date is displayed at 6 o’clock.
Rounding out the Panerai Ferrari Special Edidtion 2007 are pink gold applied cone sections, pink gold small seconds and display hands, and a black and red alligator leather strap.