By: Cátia Matos
Created in 1950, the Panerai Luminor marked a chapter in the history of Officine Panerai. With notable water-resistance and an Angelus automatic movement with an eight-day power reserve (which reduced the watch’s charging time considerably and the likelihood of water getting in through the crown), the Luminor quickly became the symbol of excellence of the Italian manufacturer.
The legendary model was reinvented in 2016 but kept the essence of the original. With a redesigned case, the slimmest and most versatile ever to be created by the brand, the Luminor Due became “the second chapter in the history of Panerai”. Combining exclusive design and sophisticated technology, this collection personified a sporty spirit, yet still able to adapt to every occasion.
This year, the watchmaker has added four versions to the Luminor Due line. New materials, dimensions, colours and technical solutions are the features that first jump out in these latest models.
The Luminor Due 3 Days Titanio, with a hand-wound P.1000 mechanical movement, made entirely in-house and visible through the sapphire crystal back, has a power reserve of three days. It features a sportier character, with a thickness of just 10.5mm and a 42mm case in brushed titanium with a polished bezel. The dial is blue, with a sandwich structure and a satiné soleil finish.
As for the Luminor Due 3 Days Oro Rosso, with the same measurements as the titanium version, it displays a polished red gold case and an ivory dial with contrasting blue figures. The calibre is a sophisticated skeletonised version called P.1000/10. The large brush-finished bridge covers more than half the surface of the calibre and was developed to ensure that most of the mechanism could be seen. Worth mentioning is that the P.1000 movement also includes a device that stops the balance wheel and zeroes the seconds hand when setting the time, to ensure the perfect synchronisation of the watch with a reference time signal. Both models have blue crocodile strap (lighter in the gold model) and are water resistant up to a depth of 30 metres.
There are also two new versions in the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic line: the first in titanium, with a blue dial and a crocodile strap in the same colour, and the second in AISI 316L stainless steel, with a dark grey dial and brown crocodile strap. Featuring a case with a diameter of 45mm and a thickness of 10.7mm, they contain Panerai’s most sophisticated automatic movement, the calibre P.4000, with a three-day power reserve and an off-centre rotor that rotates in both directions. The steel model holds the skeletonised version, the P.4000/10, with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight decorated with clous de Paris. The sandwich dial boasts a satiné soleil finish and a minimalist design, bar hour markers and a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. Like the other hand-wound versions, these are also water resistant up to 30 metres.