The Swiss luxury watchmaker with the Italian heritage, Panerai, has introduced four new models with a new type of deep blue dial with so-called satine soleil finish. Among these striking timekeepers there is Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio 44 mm. It is set in steel housing with the brand’s characteristic styling and it is supplied with a very functional second time zone function. Additionally, the practicality is even further enhanced since the newcomer has an automatic movement with the extensive power reserve that lasts for nearly a week and a half. Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio 44 mm has the price tag of $13,400.
Ocean Surface Sunrays Dance
Panerai has decided to give its own take on dark blue dials which are currently en vogue. Its interpretation of these watch faces will certainly appeal to those aficionados of the brand who wanted a bit more diversity in the collection of the brand that managed to developed a very distinctive styling. However, this came at the expense of available dial colors. It seems that this will change a bit, at least gradually and partially. The first step in that direction is the introduction of the Ocean Blue series which so far includes four new pieces with blue faces. Apart from the model that is analyzed in this article, the quartet of new watches with blue dials includes another Luminor 1950, 3 Days Automatic Acciaio. The rest of the novel series is reserved with a pair of models from the Radiomir 1940 collection. One of them is 3 Days Acciaio, while the other one is with the same complications as the Luminor 1950 model we are now talking about. Additionally, the timekeeper from the latter collection that corresponds to the one which is now in the spotlight is the only one with a red gold housing.
This new type of dial visible in Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio 44 mm features an intense blue shade additionally enhanced with a sun-brushed finishing. As the manufacturer states, the inspiration for the dial is a subtle play of light which happens when sunrays touch the surface of the sea. Just like that, the color and the reflections on the deep blue dial constantly change, depending on the angle from which it is observed.
Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio 44 mm sports a sandwich-type of dial, as it is customary for the brand. It means that the blue colored surface includes openings for the indications that reveal the lower plain. The present three large Arabic numerals and the hour markers on the rest of the positions are treated with a luminous coating in ecru color. There is also a GMT hand, a small seconds counter at the nine o’clock position (with an integrated AM/PM display), an aperture for its date display at the opposite side, as well as a linear power reserve indication that sits at the bottom.
Automatic Caliber with a Long-Lasting Power Storage
These functions are provided with Caliber P.2003. It is a self-winding mechanical movement which was executed entirely by the watchmaker owned by the Richemont Group. The automatic caliber integrates 25 jewels in its construction and includes 281 parts in total. It is 11 ¼ lignes wide and 8 mm thick. It is also worth mentioning that it has a Glucydur balance and the frequency of 28,800 vph. Its shock resistance is guaranteed with KIF Parechoc anti-shock device. Thanks to its three barrels, Caliber P.2003 has the exceptionally long power reserve that lasts for nearly ten days. Its functionality is additionally boosted with the inclusion of a second reset device that allows more precise time setting.
Cushion-Shaped Case in Steel
The newcomer with a blue dial features the recognizable Luminor 1950 housing design with a cushion-shaped case and the signature crown protection device. The case and the fixed bezel are made of polished steel, or to be more exact AISI 316L alloy. As it is common, the crown protector features an alternating brushed finish. The steel alloy used for the watch is a hypoallergenic material with extraordinary resistance. Moreover, the construction of the watch with respectable waterproofness of 100 meters includes a sapphire crystal made of corundum which is likewise used on the transparent section on the rear.
The Panerai newcomer with the reference PAM00689 comes with two attachments, both made of alligator leather. The first one matches the deep blue shade of the dial, while the other one is beige. Just like all the other novelties from the Ocean Blue series, the novel piece is presented to the buyer in a blue box made of cherrywood along with the tool for effortless changing of the two supported straps.
Even though Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio 44 mm is a member of a quartet of novelties that introduces the new ocean blue type of dial, it is not a completely new model in the strict sense. Panerai already has models with the same set of technical features, only offered with different housings and dials, which have been around for a couple of years. These are Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Cermaica (the reference number PAM00335 model with a black ceramic housing and the dial in the same color) and Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Oro Rosso (the reference number PAM00576 timekeeper with a red gold case and a brown face).