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Panerai unveils new Luminor Due collection

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This week Panerai unveiled a new, thinner version of their iconic Luminor timepiece. Four models were introduced, with up to a 40% reduction in case thickness, making for a lighter, more comfortable wearing experience. Let’s face it, the proportions of a watch make a significant difference in how it wears. Everything from length, width, thickness, case shape, and weight, factor into the timepieces comfort on the wrist. And so, Officine Panerai, the king of oversized watches, decided to make their Luminor timepieces a bit more comfortable, while maintaining the signature Panerai features, such as the crown lever bridge, cushion case, and sandwich dial. For the debut, Panerai introduced two models, the Luminor Due 3 Days - 42 mm and the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic - 45 mm, both in steel or red gold. With a thickness of 10.5 mm,

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Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT

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Early this week, Panerai unveiled the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT which features the unusual combination of a decimal repeater – and the ability to chime the time for two different time zones. This remarkable feature can be activated by an ingenious design that works by slightly rotating the crown until a black indicator dot can be seen on the side of the crown. Once it is in the position where the dot can be can be seen from the front, the wearer can then press the push-piece in the center of the crown, toggling the system between HT/LT with each push. A status indicator at 8 o’clock shows which time zone is currently active. Once the crown is returned to its normal position, so the black dot is not visible from the front of the watch, the

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Photo Report: Panerai SIHH timepieces at Madison Ave boutique

Last week, during Madison Avenue Watch Week, we stopped in to preview all of the new Panerai SIHH 2016 timepieces at the brand’s flagship New York City boutique, located at 703 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065. The photos below show off our favorite new pieces as seen during the visit. Store front at 703 Madison Avenue Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio special edition - click for previous coverage Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set - click for previous coverage Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42 mm - click for previous coverage Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio - 47 mm Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio - 45 mm Most of the SIHH 2016 Panerai introductions Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio - 45 mm Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT

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SIHH 2016: Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set

At the annual Geneva Watch Show (SIHH) last week, Officine Panerai debuted a new set of watches inspired by two pre-Vendôme era references, from the early days when Panerai was acquired by Vendôme, part of the Richemont Group, in 1997. According to Officine Panerai, “in 1996 Panerai made a few small series of watches commissioned by Sylvester Stallone. The new Luminor 8 Days Set takes two models originally created for he American actor: a Luminor Black Seal, here presented for the first time in a left-handed version, and a Luminor Daylight with an original, extremely rare white dial with blue markers and numerals. The two watches are supplied in a box inspired by those used for vintage Luminor watches, made of pear wood with a teak base and containing a model of the human torpedo (Siluro a Lenta Corsa –

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SIHH 2016: Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio

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At SIHH 2016, Officine Panerai debuted the Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio special edition, dedicated to Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician, Galileo Galilei, whose discoveries laid the foundations for the development of mechanical timepieces. Highlighting the hours, minutes, small seconds, GMT with am/pm indication, a power reserve, and a tourbillon – is a uniquely manufactured 47 mm titanium case and a newly developed titanium version of Panerai’s manufacture caliber P.2005. In addition to using titanium for the case, which is already approximately 40% lighter than steel, Panerai used an innovative technology which enabled them to hollow out the case internally, without sacrificing the structural integrity and maintaining a water resistance of 100 meters. “The technology used is called Direct Metal Laser Sintering: this process builds up a 3D object layer by layer by means of a

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SIHH Preview: Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42 mm

In January, one of the new models that Panerai will launch at SIHH 2016 is a new white dial version of the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio. Presented in a stainless steel Radiomir 1940 case, the watch measures 42 mm x 10.93 mm and has a fully polished finish. The steel crown is also polished and features a relief engraving marked “OP.” Water-resistance is 100 meters. Large black printed Arabic numerals stand out against the bright white background of the dial, enhancing legibility. And at night, the generous amount of (vintage-colored) luminescent material further enhances the hour, minute, and small seconds hands, as well as the hour markers. A clear caseback offers a view of the tungsten micro-rotor, industrial-style brushed bridges, regulating assortment, screws, and various components of the caliber P.4000 in-house movement. Twin mainspring barrels, in series, are

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REVIEW: Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic

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Overview First developed in the late 1940s, the original Panerai Luminor was made to be worn by commandos of the Italian Navy. And then for the Egyptian Navy in 1956, which eventually inspired the Luminor 1950 design. The Luminor Submersible 1950 47 mm, is a more robust professional 300-meter version of the Luminor 1950. In January, at SIHH 2015, Panerai debuted the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic 47 mm, made with a new high-tech material designed to for its unique aesthetic and performance characteristics, called Carbotech. The case According to Panerai, Carbotech is both lighter and stronger than ceramic or titanium, as well as being hypoallergenic. No two cases are the same due to each layer being compressed in a non-uniform pattern, so in addition to performance benefits, each piece is visually distinctive from one another. As the

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Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic

This week at SIHH 2015, Panerai debuted a new professional diver watch, the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech, which is differentiated by its composite carbon fiber material case. Often it is hard to determine the benefits of one composite material over another. In this case, Panerai describes their (trademarked, not patented) material as having a matte black appearance, which varies according to the cutting of the material, resulting in each piece being unique. It does not seem a whole lot different than the composite carbon material Richard Mille is using, called NTPT (and for which they have a registered trademark), other than visually. And while the term “composite carbon fiber” is ambiguous, I think the main point is that it is meant to be lightweight and strong, similar to ceramic, titanium or forged carbon, without the disadvantages of forged carbon (used

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SIHH 2015: Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Ceramica

Ahead of SIHH 2015, Panerai has announced that they will debut their P.9100 chronograph movement, which is currently available in a gold or steel case, in a black ceramic Luminor 1950 case. The 44 diameter case is made of zirconium oxide (ceramic) and features a bead blasted matte black finish. The pushers are on the left side and the crown, protected by a large crown protector, is on the right side of the case. The dial, which features a domed sapphire crystal, is black with a sandwich construction. The hour markers, small subsidiary dial (at 9 o’clock) and the hour and minute hands have an ivory colored lume that is made to have a vintage look. The chronograph has a unique configuration in which the blue central hand counts elapsed seconds, and the rhodium plated central hand counts elapsed minutes.

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Introducing the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic

For the first time, Panerai has created an automatic version of the Radiomir 1940. The new caliber (P.4000) is in-house made and features an off-center rotor made of tungsten or 22K red gold, which allows more of the movement to be viewed, unobstructed, when it is off your wrist. Also, something we love about it, is the full balance bridge. The Rolex caliber 3135 and Audemars Piguet caliber 3120 also have traversing balance bridges, which improves shock and vibration resistance. Not to mention, the impressive 3-day power reserve (two barrels). The P.4000 has 31 jewels, 203 total components and a cadence of 4Hz. The Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic is available in steel with a black dial and red gold with a brown dial. The case measures 45 mm in diameter and is polished to a mirror finish. The dial

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