Panerai : The crown takes up a new position

Luminor 1950 3 Days – 47mm
Case : polished steel, satin-brushed patented crown guard, sapphire back Diameter : 47mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound (Calibre P.3000, 72h power reserve), 160 parts, 2 barrels Functions : hours, minutes Dial : black sandwich style with luminescent numerals and hour-markers Water resistance : 100m Strap : leather (2nd in rubber) with personalised trapeze-shaped buckle in satin-brushed steel

Panerai has always offered the possibility of wearing some of its models on the right wrist, be it for 20th century marine commandoes or for scores of anonymous left-handers since them. Such is also the case with the Luminor 1950 3 Days – 47 mm presented at the SIHH 2014. In addition to the winding-crown and its highly visible guard positioned on the left-hand side of the case, this new model is also distinguished by the arrow-style profile of its case middle evoking the shapes of a cushion case, as well as by the Plexiglas® protecting the dial – a nod to historical models. To the delight of its future owners, this contemporary version is equipped with Calibre P.3000, visible through the sapphire case-back. Entirely developed and produced in the Manufacture Officine Panerai in Neuchâtel, this movement enables fast adjustment of the hour while not interfering with the running of the minute hand nor that of the watch – simply by moving the hand from one hour to the next. The dark purity of its iconic dial continues to catch the eye of the keen aesthete.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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