Panerai releases the new Luminor Chrono Zebra, in a new black and white colorway. The limited edition of 350 pieces is cased in sandblasted titanium with a carbotech bezel.
Quick takes: the new Panerai Luminor Chrono Zebra PAM01297
The Panerai Luminor Chrono Zebra PAM01297 has a retail price of SGD 23,400 inclusive of GST.
The Case and Dial
The stainless steel case measures 44mm wide and 15.65mm thick. This is a pretty hefty watch in thickness and weight, taking into consideration that an automatic chronograph movement tends to require that extra depth. The Luminor Chrono Zebra is a harmonious design featuring contrasting elements of sandblasted titanium and a Carbotech bezel, a composite material of carbon fiber. Its water-resistance of up to 10 bar (~100 meters) makes it capable of underwater use.
As part of the more sporty Luminor range, it also comes with Panerai’s Safety Lock crown protection device (protected by trademark). Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating is used.
An extension of the Luminor line dedicated to measuring precision performance, the Luminor Chrono stands apart from traditional chronographs for its placement of the start, stop and reset pushers on the left, to preserve the iconic design conferred by the crown protecting bridge on the right.
The dial of the Luminor Chrono Zebra features a white sandwich design with anthracite Super-LumiNova®, providing a strong and sporty black and white look. The white dial is contrasted with orange split seconds and subdial hands. Its hour hand can be moved forwards and backward in steps of one hour, making it easy to set the time and date accordingly. The sports nautical theme is revisted with a nautical tachymeter scale, that is expressed in knots, this enables the measurement of an average yacht speed over a defined distance.
At the root of the model’s accuracy and precision, and its peculiar functions, lies the self-winding P.9100 Calibre with chronograph function. It is an efficient, high-performance self-winding movement thanks to the 72-hour power reserve ensured by the energy stored within two barrels.
The watch is thematically well designed, with an instinctive reference to yachting. The titanium and carbotech case reduces the weight of the otherwise thick watch and provides a more comfortable wearing experience.
Overall, the watch is a good looking timepiece suitable for a leisurely yacht weekend trip for a wearer that doesn’t have to wrestle with the mast and sails or steer vigorously. The watch is priced at US$16,300 before tax.