As the main sponsor of the very exciting Panerai Transat Classique 2012 race which features vintage yachts that compete on a trans-Atlantic journey, the Italian watchmaker Panerai decided to create a limited edition timekeeper that is meant to capture the elegance and the sophistication of such an event. The result of the brand’s intention is Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio – 47mm, a limited edition timekeeper that includes the engraving of the massive race logo which features vessels that are in some instances more than 100 years old. Exactly this kind of vintage and timeless quality is the inspiration for the new split-seconds chronograph driven by the hand-wound Panerai P.2006 caliber which is entirely designed and constructed in the brand’s workshop in Neuchatel.
Scheduled for December, Panerai Transat Classique 2012 event is one of the most exciting and classy races in the world of sailing. It starts in Portuguese port of Cascais, and its participants need to travel about 4,000 miles to the finish line in Barbados, driven solely on the wings of the wind and the sea currents. As it is quite appropriate for such a sophisticated and glamorous event, its overture will take place in the Mediterranean heaven, Saint-Tropez, which is, due to its reputation in the sailing world, chosen as a meeting point of vintage yachts that will be participating in the race. After the facultative warm-up run to the Portuguese coastal town located in the vicinity of its capital, the contestants of Panerai Transat Classique will began the race to the island country of Barbados, also known as the Pearl of the Caribbean.
Winner Gets It All, Panerai Watch Included
Due to its historic links to the Italian Navy, it comes as no surprise that the Italian watchmaker decided to sponsor the elegant competition, as well as to create limited edition of timekeepers that will be a horological tribute to the special event. Decorated with the competition logo on the solid case back and equipped with the appropriate features for the naval race, the special edition timekeeper by Panerai is constructed in 500 pieces. One of the Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio – 47mm watches is designated as a part of the prize for the winner of the competition.
The Name Says it All
As it is often the case with the timekeepers presented by the Italian watchmaker, the main traits of the watch can be recognized in its name. The product is set in a distinctive vintage-appearing Luminor 1950 case style with the brand’s trademark Device Protecting the Crown feature (the device that hermetically seals the winding crown and enables the watch’s increased water resistance). The housing is forged from titanium with brushed finish and made in the diameter of 47mm, the larger of two sizes available for the particular casing style (Luminor 1950 cases are made with the diameters of 44 and 47 mm). Brushed titanium is also used as the material for its stationary bezel, as well as for its protected crown and chrono pushers which also include engravings and polished edges. The back of the case is screwed and the watch’s construction, especially the use of the lever device that protects the crown, makes the product water proof to 100 meters.
Panerai Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio – 47 mm timekeeper has a black face, guarded with a sapphire crystal formed of corundum. The glass is 2 mm thick and features glare-proof coating for improved legibility, which is also achieved through the inclusion of luminous hands and hour markers. A gaze at the black dial of the new limited edition watch by Panerai reveals its linear power reserve indication at the bottom, minute and seconds sub-dials (at the three and nine o’clock positions, respectively), as well as the presence of two chrono central hands.
The extra central hand used on the watch is the result of its supported function which is, once again, visible in its name. Panerai Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio – 47mm, namely the rattrapante part of it suggests that the timekeeper supports a split-seconds chronograph function. One of two central hands, (activated by the pusher at the eight o’clock) is the main chronograph hand, while the other one (controlled by the push-piece at the ten o’clock place) can be used to measure partial times or a different event that occurs simultaneously.
Double Column Wheel Chronograph
All of the features of the timekeeper are enabled with the addition of the proprietary hand-wound mechanical P.2006 caliber which is based on the brand’s movement with the designation P.2004. Both of the calibers are with column wheel and vertical clutch, but since the newer one (unlike its predecessor) features a split-seconds feature, it has one more center wheel utilized for the spilt-seconds hand. The movement of the limited edition Panerai watch incorporates 356 components and 34 jewels, and oscillates at the frequency of 4 Hz. Its dimensions are 13¾ lignes in width and 9.6mm in thickness. Due to the featured patterned system of three spring barrels, the hand-winding caliber supports Panerai’s usual extended power storage that lasts for eight days when fully wound, while its remaining reserve can be seen on the previously mentioned linear power reserve indication. While we are on the topic of winding of the movement, let us mention that P.2006 has a seconds reset mechanism that stops the balance wheel and places the second hand in the zero position while it is being wound, enabling the improved synchronization with the reference signal.
Panerai Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio – 47mm timekeeper is paired up with a black rubber band which fastens with an oversized titanium buckle with brushed finish. Each of the future owners of the sailing-inspired and vintage appearing watch will also receive a second interchangeable wristlet, supplemented with the necessary tools to perform the switch.