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Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days (PAM00422)
Case: AISI 316L polished steel with see-through sapphire crystal case-back, patented device protecting the crown Diameter: 47 mm Movement: Hand-wound mechanical (P.3001 caliber 3 days power reserve), 2 barrel, 207 components Functions : Hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve indicator on the back, seconds reset Dial: black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers water-resistance: 100m Strap: Panerai personalized leather strap and large-size brushed steel buckle, supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver


Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT
Case: black ceramic with see-through sapphire crystal case-back, patented device protecting the crown Diameter: 44mm Movement: mechanical self-winding movement (P.9001/B caliber 3 days power reserve, 2 barrels, 229 components Functions : hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, power reserve indicatoron the back, seconds reset Dial: black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers, date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock Water-resistance: 100m Bracelet: Panerai personalized ceramic bracelet with steel buckle with a special hard black coating, supplied with a steel screwdriver

Officine Panerai presents a new and unique watch : Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Tuttonero (PAM00438). With a Luminor 1950 case and the classic ceramic Panerai bracelet, Tuttonero is made entirely of matte black ceramic, resulting in a watch with extraordinary aesthetic impact, using the most advanced technologies in the field of materials. The ceramic used by Officine Panerai is a synthetic material based on zirconium oxide powder. By means of a complex series of working and finishing processes this acquires a particularly uniform and even appearance combined with a high degree of hardness (up to five times greater than that of stainless steel), as well as being resistant to scratches, corrosive agents and high temperatures. The design of the bracelet in matte black ceramic is the result of lengthy research aimed at achieving perfect integration with the ceramic case. Each individual link is asymmetrical and has curved surfaces which enhance the soft feel and effective performance of the bracelet. The movement of the Tuttonero is the P.9001/B automatic caliber, completely developed and made in the Manufacture Officine Panerai. It has undergone a blackening process to give the watch a completely black appearance, as indicated by the engraved inscription “TUTTONERO” on the back.

Entirely designed, developed and produced in the Officine Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the new hand-wound P.3000 caliber presents the main characteristics of the Panerai movements in terms of structure as well as performance, robustness and accuracy. The caliber is immediately recognizable by its construction, which is similar to that of a three-quarter plate movement : a large bridge, next to another smaller one, covers the majority of the mechanical parts and it is fixed to the bottom plate by a series of screws of substantial thickness, thus forming a particularly rigid structure. Its two spring barrels connected in series enable long, thin springs to be used, which ensures the delivery of a more even force and also does so over a longer period of time. The balance wheel is unusually large (13.2 mm) and it is the variable inertia type, with four adjusting screws arranged externally round the ring, so that the rate can be regulated without it being necessary to remove the whole assembly.With brush-finished bridges and chamfered angles, the P.3000 caliber is also fitted with a device enabling fast adjustment of the time, without interfering with the movement of the minute hand or the operation of the watch.

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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