Let’s face it, the proportions of a watch make a significant difference in how it wears. Everything from length, width, thickness, case shape, and weight, factor into the timepieces comfort on the wrist. This week swiss watch brand Panerai unveiled a new, thinner version of their iconic Luminor timepiece. Four models were introduced, with up to a 40% reduction in case thickness, making for a lighter, more comfortable wearing experience.
And so, Officine Panerai, the king of oversized watches, decided to make their Luminor timepieces a bit more comfortable, while maintaining the signature Panerai features, such as the crown lever bridge, cushion case, and sandwich dial.
For the debut, Panerai introduced two models, the Luminor Due 3 Days – 42 mm and the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic – 45 mm, both in steel or red gold.
With a thickness of 10.5 mm, the Luminor Due 3 Days case is the thinnest Luminor ever. An open caseback offers a view of the manually wound caliber P.1000 movement (the red gold model is equipped with the skeletonized P.1000/10 movement). The movement beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), and boasts a 3-day power reserve (72-hours). The three-quarter plate design is finished with straight-grained bridges and chamfered edges. Notably, the balance bridge connected on both sides for greater stability of the regulation system.
The Luminor Due 3 Days comes with a black alligator strap both in the steel version (Ref. PAM00676) and in the red gold version (Ref. PAM00677). It is water-resistant to 30 meters.
The Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic measures 45 mm x 10.7 mm and is powered by automatic caliber P.4000 which has a decentralized micro-rotor (which rotates in both directions). The bridges have a circular brushed finish, gilded engraving, and chamfered edges. They are also skeletonized to allow more of the movement to be seen.
The Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic comes with a black alligator strap in both the steel version (Ref. PAM00674) and the red gold version (Ref. PAM00675). It is water-resistant to 30 meters.
It is nice to see a watch company focusing on making an existing model more ergonomic, and I hope more follow Panerai’s lead. The satiné soleil (sun-brushed) sandwich dials, gray for the red gold models, and black for the steel models, look fantastic.