Panerai has decided to create a new collection of watches named Luminor Due. The novel series is a sort of a modern reinterpretation of the Luminor series which has been substantially slimmed for a more contemporary look and an improved feel on the wrist. Among the first models there is a novel collection Luminor Due 3 Days with the diameter of 42 mm. The watch with a three-hand manually-wound movement will officially be available in September in two variants. The stainless steel version will cost $10,700, while its counterpart in red gold will be sold at $25,600.
The Luminor Due collection represents an important landmark in the brand’s history, since it desires to modernize one of its classic and recognizable designs. Panerai wanted to radically slim down the Luminor series which is renowned for its iconic looks, but also for its quite chunky timekeepers. The reduction of the case profile was very severe, up to 40 percent for the first watches in the new series (apart from the pair we are now talking about, the new collection also kicks off with two larger automatic models). The end result of the brand’s designers is the case with the profile of 10.5 mm which is by far the thinnest Luminor housing ever created.
Such dramatic reduction also brought a significant reduction in weight, but also compromised the water resistance of pieces. Paneria Luminor Due 3 Days 42 mm watches will feature waterproofness to just 30 meters. However, this is quite understandable since the main goal was to create a watch which will have a different purpose than its predecessor that first arrived in the 1950s.
The new Luminor Due 3 Days 42 mm still retains the same basic design, including the famous case with the bridge device with sealing lever that guards the crown, as well as minimalistic dial with bar-shaped hour markers and large Arabic numerals. The dark dial of the watch also includes a sunburst finish that radiates from the center to the periphery. Another common trait of Panerai watches can be seen on it, since it likewise sports a small seconds counter which is placed at the nine o’clock position.
It should also be said that the housing of the newcomer is with polished finish and has the fixed bezel with the same kind of decoration that surrounds a sapphire crystal made of corundum, as it is common for the watches of the manufacturer with the Italian background. The rear side of the cushion-shaped housing also includes a see-through sapphire section that offers a glimpse to the functioning of the supported manually-wound movement.
Speaking of the movement, the one used in this instance is caliber P.1000. As it is common, the caliber with 21 jewels in made completely in-house. It features the diameter of 12 lignes, while its thin profile of 3.85 mm is probably among the reasons why it was included in the new line of slimmer-cased watches. P.1000 incorporates Glocydur balance and it operates at the fast rate of 28,800 vph. Its resilience is based on the inclusion of KIF Parechock anti-shock system. Since the movement has two spring barrels, it features the prolonged power reserve of three days which is also clearly seen in the name of the piece. The complete amount of components that is used in the construction of the caliber is 152. Its supported functions are not that numerous, since it only offers indications for hours, minutes and seconds. Additionally, it is made with a second reset feature that facilitates time-setting.
Even though the steel version and the red gold one have the same supported functions, their movements are slightly different. While Acciaio variant (as Panerai enthusiasts probably already know, “Acciaio” is the Italian word for stainless steel and it is used in the name of all of its models in this material) has the basic P.1000, the red gold version is slightly different. This variant called Oro Rosso comes with a movement whose bridges are skeletonized in order to allow even better view on the movement. More lavish Caliber P.1000/10 is, naturally along with different material of the case (18 K red gold compared to ASCI 316L steel) responsible for the difference in the price of two newcomers. Speaking of differences, one should also point out that the steel version (with the reference number PAM00676) has a black dial, while the other one (the reference number PAM00677) includes a slightly lighter, anthracite face.
On the other hand, both versions of Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days 42 mm watch are paired with a black tone-on-tone alligator strap. The tang type clasp that locks the black attachment is made of the same material as the case.
As it has been announced, the newcomer that introduces the novel collection of slimmer Panerai watches will hit the shops on September 16. On the same day, the watchmaker with the workshops in Neuchatel will also start selling the other model in the new series. This watch is fairly similar to the one we covered here, especially when it comes to the supported features. The different traits are a wider diameter and just a slightly thicker profile which are both caused with the inclusion of a self-winding movement.