While 2019 is undoubtedly the Year of the Submersible at Panerai, as evidenced by the slew of new, revamped models in the military-masculine dive watch series released at SIHH earlier this year (and more recently), the Florentine watch maison has not neglected its more elegant Panerai’s Luminor Due collection. Launched in 2016 as the thinned-down extension of the flagship Luminor series, aimed at consumers seeking a watch with Panerai’s hallmark size and boldness but slim enough to slide easily under a shirt cuff, Luminor Due continues to add to its ranks with new colorways and complications. Here are the latest six references just announced by Panerai.
Three of the new models have brushed titanium cases and blue satiné soleil sandwich-style dials, the same winning combination used on several of the second-generation Luminor Due models from 2017. Each of the blue-dialed models represent a first for Panerai. The Luminor Due – 38 MM (PAM00926) is the model of the most modest dimensions; like most all Panerai watches, its 38-mm diameter is included in its lengthy model name. It is the first Luminor Due in this recently introduced size to have a titanium case. Inside is Panerai’s automatic Caliber P.900, with a power reserve of three days. Slightly larger in size and containing the same P.900 movement, the Luminor Due – 42 MM (PAM00927) is the manufacture’s first titanium-cased timepiece of that size to house an automatic caliber. Moving up in both size and complexity is the Luminor Due GMT Power Reserve (PAM00964), the latest iteration of Panerai’s first 45-mm timepiece. Its dial hosts, in addition to hands and indices treated with beige Super-LumiNova, a date window at 3 o’clock, an arrow-tipped GMT hand, a 24-hour/small seconds subdial with AM/PM indicator at 9 o’clock, and a power-reserve indicator at 5 o’clock. The movement is Panerai’s self-winding P.4002, with a 28,800-vph frequency and power reserve of 72 hours (three days).
The other three models all feature ivory white sandwich dials and all contain the automatic P.900 caliber, but also offer a variety of strap and case materials. Two are additional variations on the Luminor Due – 38 MM described above. One reference (PAM1043) features a polished stainless steel case, equipped as are all the models with Panerai’s patented crown-protecting bridge device, along with a taupe brown alligator strap with beige stitching. The other reference in that size (PAM01045) uses Panerai’s Goldtech alloy for its gleaming, polished case and is mounted on a shiny red alligator strap with tone-on-tone stitching and a Goldtech buckle. Also in stainless steel is another version of the Luminor Due – 42 MM, with a polished steel bezel and a dark brown “Ponte Vecchio” calf leather strap with a steel clasp buckle. Common to all the new releases is the use of Panerai’s Quick Release system for easily changing straps, and the slightly redesigned, cleaner dials that use a simple Panerai logo rather than both “Luminor” and “Panerai” wording beneath the 12 o’clock position. Prices range from $6,900 to $20,500.
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Author: Mark Bernardo