PANERAI LUMINOR 1950 8 DAYS GMT
Case: In three parts, diameter 44 mm, in steel with brushed finish, device protecting the winding crown (Trade Mark), sapphire crystal 2 mm thick with anti-reflective treatment.
Bezel: Steel with polished finish.
Caseback: See-through, secured with screws, with sapphire crystal window.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai calibre P.2002/1, completely manufactured by Panerai, 13Ð lignes, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, Incabloc® anti-shock device, operating frequency 28,800 vibrations/hour. Power reserve 8 days, 3 spring barrels in series (Officine Panerai patent).
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds, date, 12-hour second time zone, day/night indication, power reserve indication.
Dial: Sandwich black, with luminous baton markers and Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock, second time zone indication by centre hand and small dial divided into 24 hours at 9 o’clock with day/night indication, linear power reserve indication at 6 o’clock.
Strap: Leather with brushed large size personalised buckle in steel. Supplied with steel screwdriver and spare strap in rubber.
Price to the public: 8,900 Euros
Production: 1,500 units for 2006
Distributed from: September 2006
Officine Panerai is not the owner of the trademarks Glucydur® and Incabloc®
After the Radiomir 8 Days GMT of 2005, a limited edition of which marked the premiere of the Calibre P.2002, created in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel, the Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT with the same movement is inaugurating the Manufacture collection, a family of watches which uses movements 100% made in Panerai.
The aesthetics of the Luminor 1950 case is celebrated once again in a range inspired by Panerai’s military past, but with an updated, sharper design with precise detailing. With a diameter of 44 millimetres, the steel case has the device that identifies Panerai in the watchmaking field … the patented bridge protecting the winding crown (the inscription REG. T.M. on the bridge confirms its exclusiveness) which ensures the perfect water-resistance of the watch.
The Calibre P.2002/1 interprets the complications traditionally expressed by Panerai through the application of its resources of craftsmanship and complete technical understanding. The power reserve of 8 days, tested by Panerai at the end of the 1940s, has been repeated in the Panerai movement by using an assembly consisting of three spring barrels. To achieve accurate setting of the hands and synchronization with the reference time signal, the seconds hand jumps to zero as a result of the zero reset device, a sophisticated zeroing system which at the same time instantly stops the balance wheel. Avant-garde techniques are employed in the construction of the movement. This is hand-wound and consists of 245 components, with a free-spring balance and no conventional regulator. This means that a very precise regulation can be carried out by adjusting the screws directly on the balance wheel itself.
The Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT’s black cushion dial (formed of two superimposed plates, the upper one being perforated and the lower one covered with luminous material) has a small calendar window at 3 o’clock, symmetrically complemented by the traditional continuous seconds dial. The power reserve indication, employing a triangular index which moves across a graduated linear scale, is at 6 o’clock, while the arrow-pointed centre hand of the second time zone is partnered by the day/night subdivision, visible through the circular aperture at 9 o’clock, which through its different colours enables the hours before and after midday to be distinguished.
PANERAI RADIOMIR 8 DAYS GMT
Case: In three parts, diameter 45 mm, in white gold with polished finish, with removable wire loop strap attachments fixed to the case by small screws (Officine Panerai patent). Personalised screw-down winding crown.
Sapphire crystal 1.9 mm thick with anti-reflective treatment.
Bezel:White gold with polished finish.
Caseback: White gold, screw back, with sapphire crystal.
Water-resistance: To 100 metres.
Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai calibre P.2002, completely created by Panerai, diameter 31mm, thickness 6.5 mm, 21 jewels, power reserve 8 days, 3 barrels in series, 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz).
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds, date, second time zone (on 12-hour and 24-hour dials), power reserve.
Dial: Black, with luminous numerals and markers, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock, second time zone indicated by the central hand and on the small 24-hour dial at 9 o’clock, power reserve at 6 o’clock.
Strap: In hand-sewn alligator, personalised white gold folding buckle.
Production: Edition limited to 200 units
Distributed from: December 2005
Other versions: Platinum case (reference PAM00201), hand-sewn alligator strap, personalised folding buckle, edition limited to 50 units.
Source: Europa Star October-November 2006 Magazine Issue