Panerai kicked off 2017 with a bang. The brand that artfully bolts together ‘Italian design and Swiss precision’ showed a cohesive range with a strong material focus at SIHH in January. At the collection’s core was the mighty Luminor Submersible in many shapes and sizes. Andrew and I picked our three favourite takes on this diver’s diver, and it quickly became clear just how versatile the Submersible is: from dressy to everyday to downright lustworthy. All that’s needed is a change of case metal and a new dial. Now, let’s learn more details through below video:
The high-end Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 case is made of a composite material based on carbon fibre; the dial is covered with carbon nanotubes; and the movement works without any lubrication thanks to the mechanical properties of carbon composites. In particular, the Luminor 1950 case – 49 mm in diameter – is made of carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fibre whose dense, uneven blackness varies with the cut of the material, making each piece unique.
As the days tick by and SIHH 2017 looms, the pre-releases are coming thick and fast. Renowned Panerai is one of the brands that never fails to surprise (hey Carbotech) and delight (hey Firenze) us, and this year it looks like they’re keeping to form with two new takes on the classic Radiomir case.
Inspired by historic models from the ’30s, the most distinctive feature of these 47mm steel models is the twelve-sided bezel holding the plexiglass crystal (a nice vintage feature in and of itself) in place. This bezel, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Panerai’s typical casebacks, is engraved with ‘Officine Panerai – Brevettato’, which refers to the patented luminous material used by the brand back in the day.
Panerai unveiled a host of new timepieces at its “Dive Into Time” event in Florence last week. We’ve already looked at one — the groundbreaking Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon GMT — and this week we turn our gaze to another, the Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Accaiaio – 47MM, a ticking, breathtakingly decorated tribute to the city of Florence, where the Panerai brand watch for sale was born more than a century ago.
The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT price , inspired by a vintage watch used by the Italian navy, features the brand’s P.9001 in-house movement. WatchTime put both wristwatch and caliber to the test in this feature from the WatchTime archives. Scroll down for the full report, accompanied by Nik Schölzel’s stunning original photos.