Panerai has launched a brand new Luminor Due range featuring classic cases up to 40 per cent thinner than previous Panerai models.
The range consists of four variants. First up are steel and gold-cased 42mm timepieces powered by a hand-wound P1000/10 movement that’s skeletonised in the gold version.
These are backed up by two 45mm models, again in steel and rose gold, powered by Panerai’s self-winding P4000 movement that has a decentralised rotor specially designed to facilitate a thinner case.
The sleek new Panerais share sunburst dials, black for the steel versions, anthracite for the gold, along with the brand’s iconic stencil-style numerals and lever-protected crown. Both the hand-wind and automatic movements provide three days power reserve.
Panerai says the Due range “is the result of a challenge successfully overcome by the designers and engineers to offer enthusiasts a new interpretation of the brand’s iconic watch, the Luminor, which is absolutely faithful to the original aesthetic but with more contemporary functionality, achieved by a reduction in the thickness of the case.”
In our experience the logic of that might strike those enthusiasts as a little puzzling: we haven’t heard any Paneristi claim their favourite wrist-wear is lacking in the functional department, quite the opposite.
More likely the new watches have been designed to appeal to the client who has until now baulked at the bulk of this tool watch, even though it made its name thanks to an unmissable presence on the wrist.
You could certainly argue that the new range offers the look without the lard, and there’s no argument about the fine internals or the beautiful execution. Nor the fact that the Luminor Due is one Panerai you can slip under the cuff of your dinner shirt. So, for devotees and newcomers alike, a black and white proposition.
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