The Florentine watchmaker which know has its workshops in Neuchatel, Panerai, is launching a new 50-piece limited series of watches. As it is hinted in the last five words of its pretty long name – Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio PCYC 10 Years of Passion – the watch celebrates a decade of the brand’s sponsorship of the prestigious Panerai Yachts Classic Challenge. New model is made in a titanium casing with the generous diameter of 47 mm and the extreme water resistance of 300 meters. Inside the distinctive cushion-shaped housing is the brand’s manufacture P.9000 caliber which features self-winding and a prolonged power reserve of three days. The new yachting timepiece by Panerai will be sold at the price of $10,900.
This year, Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is reaching a major milestone, since this series of regattas bears the brand’s name for the tenth year in a row. In order to commemorate this, the watchmaker with workshops set in the Swiss town of Neuchatel is launching a special edition of 50 copies. The dedication to the decade of sponsorship is clearly stated on the solid case-back of the watch which features “10 Years of Passion” logo as well as the name of the sailing competition. Other nods to the origin of the watch are mostly reflected in the timekeeper’s characteristics.
Lightness and Resilience
For starters, there is a distinctively shaped resilient case of the piece. The cushion-form housing was originally designed by Panerai specifically for the Italian Navy Special Forces which explains its extreme robustness. Its construction incorporates a screw-down case-back and crown-guard lever which makes it water resistant to 300 meters, far more than it is necessary for a timepiece to be called a diving watch. Additionally, the watchmaker opted to use brushed titanium as the material for the 47 mm wide case. This choice was caused with the fact that it is very resilient, solid, anti-corrosive and light. Just like the rest of the housing, the bezel is also made of brushed titanium, while the only difference is that it likewise features polished edges. It should be said that the bezel is ratcheted that it moves in one-minute increments and solely in the anti-clockwise direction as it is customary for the watches that are meant to be submersed under the surface of the sea. The same material utilized for bezel and the case was used for the trademark crown protection device.
One of the important features that contributes to the overall structural integrity of the new Panerai special edition timepiece is the presence of a very thick sapphire crystal made of corundum. This 4 mm thick crystal is treated with anti-reflective coating in order to enable better visibility which is likewise among the important traits of diving watches. The legibility is furthermore enhanced with a black dial with contrasting indications. The watch features two Arabic numerals, while the other hour markers are dot-shaped. Each of these indices, as well as two skeletonized central hands are treated with luminous coating. The black dial of Paneria Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio 47 mm PCYC 10 Years of Passion likewise includes a small seconds counter at the nine o’clock position and a date display on the opposite side.
The features of the newcomer are enabled by its self-winding P.9000 caliber, the movement that brand uses extensively throughout its Luminor and Radiomir series. This in-house with 28 jewels movement has a typical structure and possesses the width of 13 3 lignes, as well as thickness of 7.9 mm. The caliber with the frequency of 4 Hz includes a Glucydur balance and a balance wheel with adjusting screws. Its resistance to shock is secured with the inclusion of Incabloc shock-protection system. The caliber likewise possesses a self-winding system that incorporates twin barrels and a rotor that secures bi-directional winding. Thanks to these components, the 197-part caliber has a power reserve of three whole days which is 24 hours longer than in a common automatic movement.
For the attachment, Panerai selected a rubber strap which fastens with a trapezoidal buckle made of titanium. The watch also comes with the second interchangeable strap and the necessary tools for its replacement.