Luminor’s 2018 is L’Astronimo, Lo Scienziato & Due
Among the most important of Panerai’s 2018 debuts is an entirely new Luminor Due collection that includes the brand’s first model in a 38mm case. Several dials are available within this 3 Days Automatic Acciaio offering, notably a cream-colored dial and blue numerals (PAM00756) set into a red gold case or the matching model in steel (PAM00903). There’s also though a handsome slate-colored dial on steel (PAM00755). A special red gold edition with a black dial and an engraved caseback, displaying the FU good luck symbol associated with the ancient Chinese cultural traditions.
For those who prefer their Panerai’s with the firm’s more traditional larger cases, these Luminor Due models also can be had in 45mm sizes.
Panerai has also returned to using its OP Logo on the dials of six new watches that comprise the Base Logo collection. These are sporty models each boasting a new P.6000 calibre, hand-wound with a power reserve of three days. The collection includes three new Luminor Base Logo 3 Days and three Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days, all with the polished steel case 44 mm in diameter.
Two complicated models extend the existing Lo Scienziato and L’Astronimo collections. The L’Astronimo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation Of Time GMT Titanio – 50mm (PAM00920) Panerai says is the first of Officine Panerai’s creations to have moon phases indication. If you recall the first Panerai L’Astronomo from 2010, this latest edition incudes the same functions (tourbillon regulator, calendar, equation of time indication and the display of the times of sunrise and sunset) but adds indication of the moon phases and an original system for displaying the date using polarized crystals.
The Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio – 47mm (PAM00767) is the new Lo Scienziato model, this time sporting a lighter titanium case that has been 3D-printed using the technique of Direct Metal Laser Sintering – technology that allows metal parts to be produced or cavities to be molded layer by layer. Inside you find a P.2005 hand-wound caliber with the Panerai tourbillon, beautifully skeletonized and with titanium bridges and plates. You’ll recall that Panerai’s tourbillon cage rotates perpendicularly with respect to the balance wheel axis once every 30 seconds instead of the traditional 60 seconds. Also, the watch has no dial: It’s Arabic numerals and indexes are milled in one piece with the flange.
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