A few days ago, we presented the new wave of green dials from Officine Panerai. We continue today with the new versions of Panerai watches from the Due Collection. This collection was introduced last year at “Dive Into Time” event in Florence, Italy. The new collection comes with an elegant redesign of Luminor’s case from the 50s in a new thinner and versatile interpretation. The new models enrich the collection with a wide range of materials, colours and sizes, but still keep the unmistakable design of the Florentine maison. The new Due collection comes with two case sizes viz a viz 42mm powered by hand-wound movement and the 45mm versions driven by an automatic calibre.
Luminor Due 3 Days Titanio – PAM00728
As the name says, the Luminor Due 3 Days comes in a classic 42mm titanium case slimmed to an impressive 10.5mm thickness. This number represents approximative 40% less, in thickness compared to the Luminor 1950 collection. The reduction in size adds a versatile elegance to this timeless design.
Luminor Due keeps the high legibility dial, being one of the most recognisable and usable watches in low light conditions. The now traditional small seconds’ hand keeps the 9 o’clock position. The sandwich dial has a blue satiné soleil finish, making it extremely attractive for the blue dials lovers.
PAM00728 is powered by the in-house P.1000. This movement was also used in the Radiomir 1940, PAM574 and Pam575. This hand-wound calibre is produced in the brand’s manufacture at Neuchatel, Switzerland. The thinner redesign fits well the double barrel design, regulated by a 4Hz balance wheel. The movement is finished in the classic Panerai way. The large brushed finished bridge covers a large area of the movement. We still appreciate the seconds reset function for time setting. This allows a precise time setting using an external reference.
The watch comes with a dark blue leather strap and a price of SGD12,350 or EUR8,400.
Luminor Due 3 Days Oro Rosso – PAM00741
The second piece in the 42 mm case comes in noble metal. The red gold case has the same iconic design featuring the classic bridge with the lever device protecting the winding crown. Both cases, titanium and gold have a 3bar water-resistance and a Panerai patented strap changing system.
The warm Luminor dial has an ivory colour that is adorned with contrasting blue numerals and indexes. Having a light blue leather strap, this timepiece brings a classic visual warmth of the vintage pieces to this modern interpretation.
The PAM741 is powered by a skeletonised version of the P.1000. This finish reveals the two spring barrels and the balance to be seen under the large bridge. The brushed finish with chamfered edges offers a nice spectacle.
The gold version of Luminor 42mm retails for SGD31,500 or EUR21,500.
Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Titanio – PAM00729
The automatic version of Luminor comes with a 45mm diameter case accompanied by a brown leather strap. The case is redesigned to a slim 10.7mm thickness, increasing the convenience to be worn.
The PAM00729’s dial is identical in design with the smaller diameter, hand-wound PAM728. The blue sunray dial looks great. It offers practicability and beauty. Just what one might expect from a Panerai timepiece.
The watch is powered by the calibre P.4000. This automatic movement with off-centred micro-rotor is lavishly decorated. The PAM729 has the bi-directional rotor-weight made of tungsten, a material recognised for its high specific weight.
Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Titanio, reference PAM00729 has a recommended retail price of SGD16,050 or EUR10,900.
Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – PAM00739
The steel version of the 45mm automatic Luminor brings the same thickness as the titanium version. Both have a 30m water resistance, being more of a desk diver. The timeless crown guard design timepiece is decorated with a grey dial featuring the same sun-ray brushing and sandwich construction.
Powered by the in-house P.4000, the timepiece has beautiful decoration and it offers 72 hours of power reserve. This calibre was used before in the Radiomir 1940 PAM655. The movement features elegant skeletonization, brushing and edge beveling. The 22k gold rotor-weight is adorned with clous de Paris and easily visible through the crystal case-back.
PAM00739 has a price tag of SGD20,450 / EUR13,900 and can be found in the official boutiques.
Like Rolex – which is not so much about microbrands. It’s about flat out copying the look. Same could be said for the AP Royal Oak. Phenomenal watches attract look-alikes.
Just can’t get into Panerai. Unfortunately I think the abundance of microbrand lookalikes has really hurt what used to be a stand-out, unique look for the brand.